LAW, POLICY, AND PRACTICE
Government plans to enshrine the right of both divorced fathers and mothers to see their children risk putting victims of domestic violence and their children in danger, according to a report.
The United States is becoming a safer place for everyone except battered women. New York has had the fewest number of homicide victims since 1963. In the first half of 2009, the homicide rate in Los Angeles fell by nearly 30 percent, in Atlanta by 14 percent, and in Boston by 10 percent.1 Notwithstanding this downturn, for example, in Massachusetts during the first half of 2008, domestic violence led to the deaths of 19 women. Domestic violence deaths nearly tripled in that state — from 15 in 2005 to 42 in 2007, causing Gov. Deval Patrick to declare a domestic violence state of emergency. Continue reading →