ABA Journal: New database tracks gender-based violence sentencing decisions in the Pacific. “Among the data compiled for each country, the TrackGBV Dashboard highlights contentious factors in gender-based violence cases that could discriminate against survivors when used in mitigation by the court. These include gender stereotyping; customary practices, such as forgiveness ceremonies; and other factors, such as a perpetrator’s religious activities.” The database currently contains information about Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Other Pacific nations will be added in the future.
Technology-enabled abuse: how ‘safety by design’ can reduce stalking and domestic violence (The Conversation)
The Conversation: Technology-enabled abuse: how ‘safety by design’ can reduce stalking and domestic violence . “Traditional ideas of cybersecurity are focused on ‘stranger threats’. However, to reduce and combat digital domestic and family violence we need an ‘intimate threat’ model. Partners and family can compel others to provide access to devices. They may be linked to online accounts or able to guess passwords, based on their intimate knowledge of the owner. In this context, technologies that enable surveillance and recording can be used to constrain and threaten victims and survivors in alarming ways, in everyday life.”
WTOL (Ohio): New web portal connects survivors of domestic violence with legal support. “Survivors can go to [the site] to fill out the forms online, starting and stopping as they need to. It’s accessible not only on a computer, but also a phone and tablet….The site also has information about local shelters and advocates who can help survivors with safety planning.” This site is specific to Ohio and is not nationwide.
Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue
Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue. “The parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence will ask questions of Google and Facebook as well as organisations representing the male victims of family violence as it continues its program of public hearings. The Committee is gathering further evidence to inform both its recommendations and the development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.”
KWTX: Monica’s Law: Texas protective order registry goes live statewide. “An online database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence is now live across the state of Texas. The Texas Protective Order Registry was created by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) through ‘Monica’s Law.’ Rep. Landgraf named Monica’s Law in honor of Monica Deming, an Odessa mother who was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend in 2015.”
The Conversation: Domestic abusers use tech that connects as a weapon during coronavirus lockdowns. “The coronavirus pandemic has driven much of daily life – work, school, socializing – online. Unfortunately, perpetrators of violence against women and girls are also increasingly turning to technology in response to the pandemic.”
NBC News: It’s hard to flee from your domestic abuser during a coronavirus lockdown. “Thirty-five local domestic violence organizations in 19 states shared with NBC News how their work has changed since the start of the crisis. Most saw major disruptions in requests for services. Hotline calls became shorter and callers more frantic. In some areas, calls more than doubled, in others, lines went eerily silent as victims trapped at home with abusers had limited privacy to call. Several providers said that while reports of abuse went down under their local stay-at-home orders, those that did come in described more violent incidents.”
BBC: Coronavirus: Domestic abuse calls up 25% since lockdown, charity says. “The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, the charity Refuge says. It received hundreds more calls last week compared to two weeks earlier, the charity which runs the helpline said.”
Odessa American: ‘Monica’s Law’ passes house floor. “The law, which could help prevent domestic violence and protect victims, passed with a strong majority in the Texas House of Representatives 137 to 6 on Monday during the 86th Texas legislative session…. ‘Monica’s Law’ would create an online database available to the public and law enforcement listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence.”
ABC News: Smart home device alerts New Mexico authorities to alleged assault. “A smart home device alerted authorities to an alleged assault at a residence in New Mexico earlier this week. Eduardo Barros was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her daughter Sunday night at a residence in Tijeras, some 15 miles east of Albuquerque. The couple got into an argument and the altercation became physical, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department’s spokesperson, Deputy Felicia Romero.”
Everything Lubbock: Bill Proposes Database for Protective Orders in Texas. “A bill filed by a state representative could create an online database of Texans who have had a protective order filed against them for domestic violence—even if they’ve never been arrested or convicted of a crime.”