SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Four California counties are rolling out a new software system that will eventually link domestic violence records across the entire state.
Marin, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Orange counties are taking part in a pilot program that will provide a searchable database of scanned restraining orders. Marin last week became the first county to begin using the system.
The state judiciary ordered the creation of the California Courts Protective Order Registry to help judges create protective orders that are consistent across county lines.
The registry will also track elder abuse, harassment, workplace violence and juvenile cases.
Court administrators plan to include 20 counties in the system by the end of the year and all 58 California counties by 2013.
The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association’s microloans are truly micro; between just $200 and $800. But they are interest-free and monitored by Experian and TransUnion, giving borrowers a chance to build their credit profile in the process.
The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association has extended interest-free microloans to 41 women throughout its 15 member organizations since 2009. The loans are pegged to savings accounts that match every dollar saved with two dollars, doubling the financial lift.
While the interest-free loan is truly micro–typically between just $200 and $800 –it can provide a crucial financial boost, enough to help a woman fleeing abuse meet the first month’s rent on an apartment or pay for transportation to a new job. At the same time it can protect her from a predatory or “payday” lender that can charge interest rates that go as high as 400 percent, taken annually.
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Female murder victims are substantially more likely than male murder victims to have been killed by an intimate partner.
In recent years:
– About one third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
– About 3% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
– Of all female murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate partner has been increasing.
– Of male murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate partner has dropped.
Most intimate partner homicides involved spouses, although in recent years the number of deaths by boyfriends and girlfriends was about the same.
Source and data view Bureau of Justice Statisics Homicide Trends in the U.S.