Puerto Ricans demand state of emergency amid rise in violence against women

As Puerto Rico struggles to recover from multiple turmoils, including an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, another crisis plagues the territory: rising violence against women. In the past two weeks, Puerto Rican media has reported the killings of three women and an attack to a transgender woman.

a group of people posing for the camera: People led by the activist group, Feminist Collective, protest to demand Governor Wanda Vazquez to declare a state of emergency in response to recent gender based violence and the disappearance of women in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2020.

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People led by the activist group, Feminist Collective, protest to demand Governor Wanda Vazquez to declare a state of emergency in response to recent gender based violence and the disappearance of women in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2020.

According to data from Puerto Rico’s Gender Equality Observatory, at least 37 direct and indirect femicides have been registered in the island from Jan. 2020 to Sept. 2020.

On Sep. 28, hundreds of Puerto Ricans took to the streets demanding that the government take action, and urging Gov. Wanda Vázquez to declare a state of

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Former vice president author of Violence Against Women Act


In 2014, Vice President Joe Biden hugs Ruth Glenn, of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at a Washington, D.C., event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.


Many Floridians are wondering who the real Joe Biden beyond the public persona that we know well from his decades in public service. As a senior advisor to Vice President Biden in the White House from 2015-2017, I can answer that.

I was the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, a position created under President Obama’s administration —and eliminated by President Trump’s. The fact that the post was created at Biden’s insistence is a testament to his commitment to addressing a less-visible pandemic that this nation has been dealing with for a long time, and that has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I went to work in the White House somewhat skeptical of the federal

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‘I will never be OK:’ Mother of Euclid fashion model killed in shooting grieves second child lost to gun violence

EUCLID, Ohio — Shalaymiah Moore died Oct. 1 when a gunman shot and killed her. The headlines that followed her death focused on her burgeoning career as a fashion model.

In a recent conversation with Moore’s mother, she said she would like her daughter’s memory to consist of more than just “model” or “actress.” She was a mother, a daughter, a nurse’s assistant, a friend to many and someone who battled depression.

“She had gone through a long history of depression thinking she was not adequate enough to be a mother,” Moore’s mother Rochelle Moore said. “She had finally found her niche in life.”

Shalaymiah Moore died from several gunshot wounds to the back and shoulder in an incident that happened about 3:15 a.m. Friday on Lakeshore Boulevard just west of East 210th Street, according to Euclid police. Paramedics took her to University Hospitals, where she later died.

For Rochelle

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Franklin County groups get $900,000 for domestic violence prevention

Earl Hopkins
| The Columbus Dispatch

A collaboration among several Franklin County agencies received a $900,000 award for a new safety model to combat domestic violence and protect victims. 

The 2020 Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Violence Against Women, will establish the Blueprint for Safety model through September 2023, Franklin County and Columbus officials announced Tuesday morning.

Originally developed and implemented in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the new model will create a more-coordinated community response and enhance victim safety by focusing on collaboration and information-sharing among service providers.

The Blueprint for Safety, grounded in the experiences of victims of violence, will support agencies’ ability to intercede in new acts of violence, intimidation or coercion, and place added accountability on domestic violence offenders, officials said in a news release announcing the program.


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Why domestic violence calls are surging for Asian American women amid the pandemic

When the pandemic-related lockdowns started in March, staff at several Asian American domestic violence organizations watched with concern as a hush fell over their work.

Clients who had previously told them of abusive partners who choked them, struck them in the face or threw them down stairs were now saying: “Don’t call me. It’s not safe.” Not only were their partners watching them around the clock, but many took away their phones, cars and credit cards, making it harder for women to seek help or leave.

But after lockdowns eased in May and June, calls for help surged as Asian American women reported increased abuse during the pandemic. Now, some experts say they’re seeing another spike as fears of another lockdown in the fall or winter are prompting women to flee abusive situations when they have the chance.

“We don’t know if there’s going to be a second wave,” said

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Black women are leading the movement to end police violence

But one thing is clear: The nation is paying close attention to what unfolds in this case. And that is because of the activism of Black women. Black women have taken the lead in finding alternate routes to obtain justice and achieve systemic change due to the inability of the criminal “justice” system to administer punishment in cases of police shootings.

Black women, including Taylor’s mother and sister, along with a network of writers and activists, built on this tradition of activism to bring national attention to the Taylor case. Despite the recent grand jury decision, Black female activists will continue to be at the forefront of a national movement to bring about tangible changes in American policing.

During the 20th century, Black female activists brought significant attention to the problem of police violence, often focusing specifically on the vulnerability of Black women. In a 1930 newspaper article, Madame Stephanie

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Congress Just Passed Two Bills That Are Intended to Protect Native Women from Violence

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Photo credit: Sarah Morris – Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Last week, Congress passed the Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s Act, two bills aiming to address the epidemic of violence against Native women, commonly referred to as missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Statistics show that Native American women are particularly vulnerable to violence in their lifetimes. On some reservations, for instance, Native women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average. And across the board, more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetimes, whether it be sexual violence or physical violence at the hands of a partner, according to a 2016 study funded by the National Institute of Justice. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists homicide as the third leading cause of death for Native women 19 years old and under.

Savanna’s Act—named for

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