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Domestic Violence and Abuse News: 6/24 – 7/1, 2018

Domestic Violence and Abuse News for June 24 - July 1, 2018. Sports and DV, PTSD screening for women in shelters, PAWS bill passed in Senate, more.

What’s in domestic violence and abuse news?

Curated stories from this past week:

Eva Wiseman: Blaming Football (Soccer) for Domestic Violence Is Only Half the Story

“Football and alcohol do not cause domestic violence. Tension built by these things, this summer, will contribute to and trigger it, but the cause of domestic violence is abusive men that lash out at their partners in order to control them.”

Funto Omojola: Why the US Is One of the Most Dangerous Countries for Women

“America is the tenth most dangerous place for women to live, according to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, and ties with Syria as the third most dangerous place for women with regard to sexual violence. The U.S. is also the only Western country to make the top 10, which includes several Middle Eastern and North African countries.”

Leah Ingram: This Domestic Violence Shelter Was Designed to Include Pets

“Nearly half of all domestic violence victims who are also pet owners report they have stayed in an abusive situation because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind.”

Washington DC: Senate Passes Warner-Kaine Bill to Aid Domestic Violence Survivors and Pets

“The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act was included in the 2018 Farm Bill passed by the Senate on a bipartisan 86-11 vote and now moves to the House for consideration.”

Journal of Interpersonal Violence: Violence Next Door: The Influence of Friendship With Perpetrators on Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

“Participants (in the study) attributed high blame to the perpetrator regardless of their relationship, but friends of the perpetrator were significantly more likely than strangers to attribute the cause of the violence to external factors.”

Journal of Interpersonal Violence: Establishing Concurrent Validity for a Brief PTSD Screen Among Women in a Domestic Violence Shelter

“There is a particular need for valid scales to screen for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women who seek safe shelter from intimate partner violence. Screening to identify women who are at risk for PTSD can lead to early intervention that reduces the risk for PTSD-related outcomes such as poor decision making, inconsistent parenting, and behavior dysfunction among their children.”

Next Week’s News: Domestic Violence and Abuse News: 7/2 — 7/8 2018