Domestic Violence http://kut.org en New Texas Law Protects Collateral Victims of Domestic Violence: Pets http://kut.org/post/new-texas-law-protects-collateral-victims-domestic-violence-pets <p class="p1">The holidays are a time for gift-giving and celebration but, for some, it's also a time of increased family and financial pressure. Some mental health health professionals say this pressure can lead to a spike in domestic violence.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">In Texas, domestic violence victims who find the courage to leave an abusive situation can now have their pets included in protective orders.</p><p>Patt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nordyke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the </span><a href="http://www.txfacs.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fought for eight years </span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB555" style="line-height: 1.5;">to pass the law</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the Texas legislature.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127136997&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:14:32 +0000 Laura Rice 9391 at http://kut.org New Texas Law Protects Collateral Victims of Domestic Violence: Pets In Austin, Biden Announces Funding for Domestic Abuse Hotline http://kut.org/post/austin-biden-announces-funding-domestic-abuse-hotline <p>Vice President Joe Biden visited Austin today to announce that the underfunded 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline will be getting more dollars.</p><p>He helped create the hotline when the Violence Against Women Act that he sponsored in Congress was passed in 1994.&nbsp;</p><p>Since 1996, "in most cases, the voice a woman in distress hears is yours -- the folks here in Austin, Texas," he told a small, packed room of activists, stakeholders and staff. "They're prisoners in plain sight. And the only voice so many of them hear is the people at the other end of the line here."</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:56:33 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9064 at http://kut.org In Austin, Biden Announces Funding for Domestic Abuse Hotline APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes http://kut.org/post/apd-guns-used-quarter-violent-crimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guns were used in nearly a quarter of violent crimes and disorderly conduct cases in Austin from 2010 to 2012, according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html">an analysis by Austin police.</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p>Crimes most likely to involve the use of a gun were <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html#document/p5">murders and robberies</a>. About 40 percent of murders and 38 percent of robberies involved firearms. More than 17 percent of aggravated assault cases involved the use of guns. Firearms were used in almost three percent of the 675 rape cases reported from 2010 to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:48:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7995 at http://kut.org APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes New Center Can Supervise Court-Ordered Parental Visits http://kut.org/post/new-center-can-supervise-court-ordered-parental-visits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Victims of spousal abuse in Austin have a new option if their children are to receive supervised visits with the other parent. Travis County has opened </span>PlanetSafe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at </span><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/9f5Tu">11<sup>th</sup></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/9f5Tu"> and Nueces</a>, a supervised visitation and safe exchange center. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Its <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/700754-grand-opening-invite.html">grand opening</a> is today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The facility is operated by the local non-profit <a href="http://www.safeplace.org/">Safe Place</a>, and was established with the help of <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/700755-plantsafe-description.html">$600,000 in federal grants</a> from the <a href="http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/">Office of Violence Against Women</a>. Travis County supplied the use of the building for a nominal rent and is paying for staffing.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7737 at http://kut.org New Center Can Supervise Court-Ordered Parental Visits Lawmaker Pushes for More Funds to Address Domestic Violence http://kut.org/post/lawmaker-pushes-more-funds-address-domestic-violence <p>State <a href="http://www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Jane Nelson</a> (R-Flower Mound) wants to restore some state funding of domestic violence-related services.</p><p>Last legislative session, lawmakers cut funding for Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs or "BIPP" in half. It went from $2.5 million to $1.25 million.</p><p>General funding for main domestic violence services like shelters is at about $51 million. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7015 at http://kut.org Lawmaker Pushes for More Funds to Address Domestic Violence