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  • Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Domestic Violence

    "Police Wife" shows that spousal abuse is much more prevalent in police homes than in the wider population and that most police departments do little to stop it. The book also shows that the problem has impacts well beyond police families and is connected to a wide range of other issues, including botched responses to 911 domestic calls at other homes, police sexual harassment of women cops and female drivers at traffic stops, police killings of African Americans and growing social inequality. This is by all evidence the first book worldwide in journalistic form on this issue.
  • A Coach's Secret

    Investigating the cause of a women's basketball coach's suicide, the coach's unpleasant history was uncovered. Reports of spousal abuse, a habit of dating former players, and sexual coercion of players were scattered in his past.
  • The Enclave

    David Kelly and Gary Cohn of the Los Angeles Times investigate the failure of public agencies to check the activities of a religious sect on the border of Utah and Arizona. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), an offshoot of Mormonism is the sect. Its members have engaged in polygamy, sexual abuse, spousal abuse and child abuse with no government intervention to curb these crimes.
  • Getting Away with Murder?

    The authors investigated the death of Barbara Yaklich in 1977 that had been ruled as natural. But as the investigation delved deeper suspicions were raised about the possibility that this woman had been murdered by her husband, a local narcotics detective. The man, Dennis Yaklich, had been killed by his second wife in 1985, who claimed she had been the victim of severe spousal abuse, at that time not a valid defense.
  • Deadly Triangle

    Elsa Newman accused her husband Arlen Slobodow of abusing their two sons. The couple divorced and a custody battle ensued. At one point, a close friend of Newman attempted to murder Slobodow. The article examines the case and highlights ambiguity about the relationship between Newman and her friend as well as the alleged abuse.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • If This Ain't Libel

    Brill's Content looks at a libel case involving the Drudge Report, "the popular website of conservative cybergossip Matt Drudge." The story describes how Drudge has reported that Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist and an assistant to the president in the Clinton's administration, "has spousal abuse past that has been effectively covered up..." The article focuses on the negative emotions that Jacqueline Blumenthal, Sidney's wife, has experienced because of the defamatory report. "It should not be acceptable for an Internet publisher - or any other publisher - to fact-check reputaion-damaging gossip by disseminating it, then issue a retraction only if and when it becomes apparent that the victim is going to sue," the Brill's Content concludes.
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    This series tracked every reported case of spousal abuse originating in one week in July, 1995 in Metropolitan Toronto, a municipality with a population of 2.3 million people. Until The Star took up this challenge, statistics were not kept on the outcomes of domestic violence prosecutions. The reporters discovered that this glaring lack of accountability existed despite a 10-year-old, pro-arrest policy for wife batters. Analysis of the data showed that nearly half of the cases fell apart and the onus for the prosecution lay with the victim of the crime. (March 9 - 16, 1996)
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    The Rhode Island State Legislature introduced two bills blocking the public from obtaining tapes or transcripts of 911 calls and making the telephone numbers and addresses of 911 callers confidential. The Providence Journal-Bulletin looks at the debate over whether or not the public's right to scrutinize the activities of 911 operators and administrators outweighs callers' privacy concerns. (June 11,1996)