Lietenant Julie Pleasant is part of the Houston PD Domestic Abuse Response Team, which is made up of units including a “trauma-informed” police officer and a victims’ advocate. Primary officers handle arrest, DART units”focus soley on the victim.” Watch the video for more information on policing and domestic violence.
A pilot study conducted by the NSW (New South Wales) Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) found that people living with disability are more than twice as likely to be the victims of violent crimes compared to the total NSW population. The pilot study found that 17% of people accessing a disability support were […]
Domestic violence survivor still fighting for police accountability in one of first tests of new Cleveland citizen police review
This story sheds light on how the stigma around mental illness can be a barrier to domestic violence survivors in the criminal justice system. At multiple stages in the process of seeking protection from her abusers, Karima McCree-Wilson faced discrimination from the police and medical professionals, and in court. From Cleveland.com:“Karima McCree-Wilson sounded exhausted as […]
(Ghana, Africa) Maame Asaabea (not her real name) is a 28-year-old physically disabled mother of twins, who was once sexually abused at her hometown. She recounts how men in her circles assumed that because she is disabled, she may not be attractive enough to be proposed to. “Some of the men think I need sex, […]
The NSW(New South Wales) Police Force attended 123,330 domestic violence events. With police reports being lengthy, it would be impossible to analyze every report individually. With the emergence of big data, we can extract certain information. “A total of 16% of domestic violence events examined had at least one mention of a mental illness for […]