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  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Awash in guns, saddled with ineffective laws and lacking enough shelters for victims of domestic abuse, South Carolina is among the nation's deadliest states for women, who are killed at a rate of one every 12 days. The series exposed numerous failings, including limited police training, inadequate laws, a lack of punishment, insufficient education for judges, a dearth of victim support, and traditional beliefs about the sanctity of marriage that keep victims locked in the cycle of abuse. These factors combine in a corrosive stew that, three times in the last decade, made South Carolina the No. 1 state in the rate of women killed by men.
  • Judge Berates Domestic Violence Victim

    Judge’s treatment of a woman seeking protection from her husband
  • Domestic Abuse Inside the U.S. Military

    Domestic violence acts in the Army have been “steadily rising over the last decade, despite Army reports to the contrary”. Many Army spouses’ slain as a result of the domestic violence and many involving soldiers who saw action in Iraq. Also, a level of violence was soaring around some of the largest Army installations “through examination of police records and court filings”.
  • Battered Justice

    This extensive investigative series examines the methods used to deal with domestic violence cases in Colorado. While domestic violence and assault laws have changed drastically over the past 15 years to help victims of abuse, advocacy groups are still unsure as to whether the laws are helpful or causing more harm to victims. Others don't want to dispute these laws for fear that old beliefs will return about domestic violence not being a crime.
  • "Badge of dishonor"

    A five-month investigation showed that at least 41 officers in King and Pierce counties have been accused of domestic assault. Most faced few, if any, professional reprimands, and only half faced charges. Furthermore, most law enforcement agencies lacked policies about how to handle domestic violence involving law officers. Amid the newspaper's investigation, a chilling example highlighted the danger : a police chief accused of domestic violence fatally shot his estranged wife before killing himself.
  • Violence Dismissed

    This is a series of articles about domestic violence. According to the authors, "The first day story focused on the women who were killed in 2002 by their intimate partners. Almost half of the killers had been in district court before on domestic violence allegations, which were often dismissed. The second day story looked at conviction rates across the state for prosecutors as well as how some judges were handling these cases. The third day story looked at how North Carolina's laws aren't adequate for dealing with domestic violence crimes, specific needs included a non-lethal strangulation law and increased sentencing." The series found wide disparities among North Carolina prosecutors involving domestic violence cases. The story includes several maps which track domestic violence throughout North Carolina. The story also features an *extensive* list of domestic abuse victims with a brief summary of what happened to each one.
  • Deadly Embrace

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers a six-part series on domestic abuse and the punishments that the law hands down for family crimes. The reporter did extensive research to identify which crimes could be classified as domestic abuse, and found more cases of husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend crime than the FBI. Interviews with family members, jurors and, in some cases, the perpetrators themselves round out the story.
  • Chinese women seek American husbands online

    A number of Chinese women are using Internet services to find husbands in America. This is partly fuelled by a desire for a better life and also by the rise in Internet usage in Chinese urban areas. These marriages have a low success rate which is often ignored by the marriage seekers themselves.
  • Did the military let this woman die?

    Glamour Magazine asks whether the American military is doing enough to prevent spousal abuse. "Long before the shocking spousal murders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, made headlines this summer, Glamour was conducting an in-depth investigation of domestic violence in the military."
  • Her name was Candace: the story of a little girl who never had a chance

    "Candace Newmaker was a 10-year-old North Carolina girl who was adopted when she was six. Her adoptive mother found her difficult to deal with, temperamental and lacking in affection. Ultimately, Jeane Newmaker brought her dauther to Evergreen, Colo., to undergo a controversial and violent therapy called 're-birthing.' Essentially the child was wrapped in a blanket, the ends bound tight,a nd four adults pushed their bodies against her with all their weight. They urded her to fight free. bo be 'reborn.' But instead, they smothered her.