National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month – Presidential Proclamation

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month reflects our Nation’s growing understanding that violence within relationships often begins during adolescence. Each year, about one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Abusive relationships can impact adolescent development, and teens who experience dating violence may suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences. Adolescents in controlling or violent relationships may carry these dangerous and unhealthy patterns into future relationships. The time to break the cycle of teen dating violence is now, before another generation falls victim to this tragedy.

Though many communities face the problem of teen dating violence, young people can be afraid to discuss it, or they may not recognize the severity of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Parents and other adults can also be uncomfortable acknowledging that young people experience abuse, or may be unaware of its occurrence. To help stop abuse before it starts, mentors and leaders must stress the importance of mutual respect and challenge representations in popular culture that can lead young people to accept unhealthy behavior in their relationships.

Our efforts to take on teen dating violence must address the social realities of adolescent life today. Technology such as cell phones, email, and social networking websites play a major role in many teenagers’ lives, but these tools are sometimes tragically used for control, stalking, and victimization. Emotional abuse using digital technology, including frequent text messages, threatening emails, and the circulation of embarrassing messages or photographs without consent, can be devastating to young teens. I encourage concerned teens, parents, and loved ones to contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.LoveIsRespect.org  to receive immediate and confidential advice and referrals.

My Administration is committed to engaging a broad spectrum of community partners to curb and prevent teen dating violence. The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women supports collaborative efforts to enhance teens’ understanding of healthy relationships, help them identify signs of abuse, and assist them in locating services. Resources are available at: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/datingviolence.html . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provide tools to help prevent dating violence among teens. More information is available at: www.CDC.gov/ChooseRespect.

During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month — and throughout the year — let each of us resolve to do our part to break the silence and create a culture of healthy relationships for all our young people. Adults who respect themselves, their partners, and their neighbors demonstrate positive behaviors to our children — lessons that will help them lead safe and happy lives free from violence.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2011 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Bill targets repeat domestic abusers – Aim is to make third incident a felony

Heather Severson discovered that people who commit certain crimes in Wisconsin, like drunken driving, can face escalating charges if they re-offend and eventually can be charged as felons. But people who commit multiple domestic violence crimes don’t face similar repercussions.  At Severson’s urging, State Rep. Al Ott, R-Forest Junction, has introduced a bill that would elevate a third domestic abuse charge that occurs within a 10-year period to a felony.

Severson and other women working on the issue formed TraJa, a nonprofit organization that works to train and educate people about domestic violence.

The women researched the 67 domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin in 2009 and found that some of the worst offenders had numerous prior offenses. “They are progressively getting more and more violent,” Severson said. The women also learned that while Wisconsin, with a population of 5.7 million people, had 67 domestic violence homicides in 2009, Minnesota, with a population of 5.3 million, had 25 domestic murders. And Minnesota allows third-offense domestic violence cases to be charged as felonies.

Complete story

Domestic violence fatalities since January 1st

Here is a list of some of the domestic violence fatalities between January 1 and January 14.

The source is Domestic Violence Crime Watch where links to complete stories are available.

The point of publishing this list is to provide examples of things that we already know about domestic violence, including:

  • Domestic violence is lethal and there are fatalities every day.
  • Domestic violence fatalities happen in rural and urban areas and to all age groups.
  • Ending a relationship with a perpetrator of domestic violence does not ensure the safety of the victim. Women are often in more danger at the time and after they leave.
  • Newspaper and television reports that label events surrounding these fatalities as “domestic disputes” undermine the seriousness of domestic violence and blame the victim.
  •  News stories about homicide/ suicide events are often written as if both parties are victims and blame the victim. (“Couple found dead,” and “Victims of Murder/Suicide Identified,” for example.)
  • In the majority of cases, the perpetrator is a man and the victim is a woman.

Apparent Inwood Murder-Suicide
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Inwood, NY: Police are investigating a grisly apparent murder-suicide of a couple in Inwood, sources said. The bodies were discovered in their bedroom by the wife’s live-in daughter and her 12-year-old granddaughter.

Woman Dies After Friday Shooting
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Shreveport, LA: A woman shot yesterday after a domestic dispute died early today at LSU Hospital, police say.

Teen Jailed, Accused of Murdering His 17-Year-Old Girlfriend
Friday, January 13, 2012
Atlanta, GA: A teenager was shot and killed Friday night in SE Atlanta. Police have arrested her boyfriend, and charged him with murder.

Couple Found Dead in Apparent Homicide-Suicide at Thetford Township Home
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thetford Township, MI: Police found a husband and wife dead in their home early Friday morning in what police believe was a homicide-suicide, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

Friends Mourn Mt. Ayr Murder Victim
Friday, January 13, 2012
Mount Ayr, IA: The town of Mount Ayr is in shock after a woman was killed and her boyfriend found in his truck from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound… The people who knew Lori best have been trying to tell her to get out of her relationship for a long time.

Couple Dies in Riverdale Murder-Suicide
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Riverdale, GA: Clayton County police said the deaths of a couple found inside their Riverdale home, Thursday afternoon, are the result of a murder-suicide. Lt. Tina Daniel, a spokesperson for the police department, said, late Thursday night, that evidence found inside the home on Hamlin Trace led detectives to reach that conclusion.

Police ID Victims in Helotes Murder-Suicide
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Helotes, TX: Helotes authorities have released the names of two people found dead on the altar of a Catholic church there. Police say the couple died in an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church off Riggs Road and Highway 16.

Police Probing Murder-Suicide At Park Castle
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Haverhill, MA: Investigators in Haverhill are trying to determine what led to the deaths of a man and a woman found in a vehicle near the Winnikenni Castle in Haverhill on Wednesday. According to the Essex County District Attorney’s office, the case appeared to be a murder-suicide.
Police: Vallejo Woman Killed By Boyfriend in Vacaville Murder-Suicide
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Vacaville, CA: Police have released the identities of the couple killed in Vacaville on Tuesday in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide and have identified the shooter.

Police Suspect Janesville Man of Killing Girlfriend
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Janesville, WI: A Janesville man is the only suspect after police Tuesday found his girlfriend’s body under the stairs in the couple’s home.

Man, Woman Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Mundelein
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mundelein, IL: A man and a woman are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a Mundelein townhome complex that also left the woman’s mother injured, authorities said this morning.

Rochester Teacher Killed in Bloomfield Murder-Suicide
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bloomfield Township, MI: A French teacher for Rochester Community Schools was found dead outside her ex-husband’s home Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide, Bloomfield Township Police say.

Alice Police: 26-Year-Old Woman Killed Tuesday During Domestic Dispute at State Health Services Building
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Alice, TX: A 26-year-old Alice mother of three was killed Tuesday during a domestic dispute while seeking assistance at a state health and human services center.

Husband and Wife Found Dead in Odenville Home
Monday, January 9, 2011
Odenville, AL: A St. Clair County couple was found dead in their Odenville home Monday night after relatives had been unable to get in touch with them. The deaths are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.

Burley Man Arrested for Allegedly Murdering His Wife
Monday, January 9, 2012
Burley, ID: After sheriff’s deputies were called to a home Monday regarding a suspicious death, a Burley man was arrested for murder.

Bronx Man Arrested, Charged With Girlfriend’s Murder
Monday, January 9, 2012
Bronx, NY: A Bronx man has been arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend, after authorities say he contacted police to tell them about the murder.

Police Determine Timeline, Cause of Murder/Suicide
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Thomaston, GA: Officials of the Thomaston Police Department have confirmed that a 66-year-old man on Sunday shot and killed a 65-year-old woman before taking his own life.

Girl, 4, Calls 911 After Teen Mom Fatally Stabbed in Forks
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Forks, WA: A search is on for a man suspected in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old Forks mother who died after a domestic violence incident early Sunday morning, police said.

Two Dead in Kendall Murder-Suicide
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Kendall, FL: Two people were found dead in Kendall Sunday night after what police are calling a murder-suicide. Miami-Dade police said the 69-year-old man opened fire on his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

Arkansas State Player Misses GoDaddy.com Bowl After Mother Murdered in Mississippi
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Natchez, MS: An Arkansas State football player missed Sunday’s GoDaddy.com Bowl after his mother died early this morning from a gunshot wound in an apparent domestic dispute.

Officials Investigate Murder-Suicide In Westmoreland
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Westmoreland, TN: Police were called out to investigate a possible murder-suicide in Macon County on Sunday.

2 Killed, 1 Critically Injured In Palm City Shooting
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Palm City, FL: A 49-year-old Port Salerno woman and her 74-year-old brother-in-law are dead and a Martin County fire lieutenant married to the woman is critically injured, following a domestic violence situation early Sunday afternoon, according to Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder. Crowder said his deputies were called to a former horse ranch in the 2600 block of Southwest Martin Highway about 12:11 p.m. Sunday. Crowder said an investigation indicates that a woman was in the process of leaving her husband and moving out of the home.

Woman Shot By Live-In Boyfriend
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Rose Hill, NC: A 62-year-old woman is dead, after authorities say she was shot in Duplin County. Rose Hill police report officers were dispatched to a home on East Blanchard Street about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. They report when they arrived, Henrietta Brown was sitting on couch with trauma to her chest.

Augusta Woman Fatally Stabbed Boyfriend, Police Say
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Augusta, GA: A woman is in Richmond County jail on murder charges after police say she stabbed her boyfriend Saturday.

NLV Police: Victim of Domestic Violence Dead, Husband Arrested
Friday, January 6, 2012
Las Vegas, NV: NLV Police are investigating the death of a woman found Friday morning in her home on the 1000 block of East Hammer as a homicide. When NLV police officers arrived on scene, they discovered that the deceased woman was recently the victim of a violent domestic battery. On Saturday, the coroner ruled the death of the victim, 53 as a homicide.

Man Charged in Double Homicide at Fort Oglethorpe Hospital
Friday, January 6, 2012
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: A Chattanooga man shot and killed his estranged wife and mother-in-law in the ICU waiting room at Erlanger at Hutcheson hospital in Fort Oglethorpe Friday night.

Missing Wife’s Body Found; Husband Accused of Murder
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hendersonville, NC: A man has confessed to killing his wife after her body was found at a home on Kanuga Lake Road, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said late Thursday night.

Woman Fatally Shot in Domestic Dispute
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Florida City, FL: A mother of nine is dead after relatives said her boyfriend shot her to death. The shooting occurred Thursday night outside of the victims’ brother’s house near 14th Street and Northwest 155th Avenue. Family members said the woman was gunned down after a fight with her boyfriend.

Divorcing Couple Found Dead in Overland Park
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Overland Park, KS: An Overland Park couple who had recently filed for divorce were found dead Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide. The woman was found with a gunshot wound to the neck inside a car in a southern Overland Park subdivision near 143rd Street and Nall Avenue. The man, whom police had been looking for since the shooting, was found dead near 139th Street and Lamar Avenue.

2 Dead in Shooting at FPL Food in Augusta
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Augusta, GA: Two are dead after a murder-suicide Thursday afternoon involving a husband and wife at FPL Food, 1301 New Savannah Road. According to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier, an FPL Foods employee, fired several shots at the property around 1:15 p.m. According to Chief Deputy Coroner, he killed his wife.

Man Accused of Killing Woman in Fort Mill Shooting
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Fort Mill, SC: Fort Mill police said they’ve arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a woman at an apartment complex in Fort Mill on Thursday. The woman was killed and her 16-year-old son sustained non-life threatening injuries after a man shot them in their vehicle at the Avery Lake apartments on Lestina Drive.

Man Accused of Killing Ex-Wife in Winnfield
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Winnfield, LA: Authorities have arrested a man they believe killed his ex-wife early Wednesday morning in Winnfield. The man has been charged with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing the woman after a domestic argument got out of control. The victim was found shot and stabbed multiple times in her home on South Jones Street in Winnfield.

Husband Charged In Death
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Milwaukee, WI: Charges have been filed against the estranged husband of a woman found dead in their home Wednesday. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges of first-degree intentional homicide against Jose Luis Discua-a man in the death of his wife.

Man Kills Wife at Hemet Courthouse, Turns Gun on Himself
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Hemet, CA: Authorities say a man fatally shot his estranged wife at the Hemet Courthouse Wednesday, then turned the gun on himself in his car a few miles away.

Couple Found Tuesday in Murder-Suicide Were in the Midst of Divorce, Friends and Authorities Said
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Corpus Christi, TX: A couple found fatally shot Tuesday at a home off Ocean Drive were separated and in the midst of a divorce, friends and police said.

More Details Emerge in Libby Murder-Suicide
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Libby, MT: On Tuesday morning, a Libby man with a legal history with Lincoln County law enforcement called 911 saying he killed his wife, and that he would turn the gun on himself.

Deputies Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Hartwell, GA: The Hart County Sheriff’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to deputies. According to Cleveland, the bodies of a 66-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were discovered in their home Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. by one of their two adult daughters.

Lebanon Man Charged in Death of Girlfriend
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Lebanon, PA: A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the strangulation death of his girlfriend, police said.

Police: Missing Woman’s Body Found, Husband Arrested
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Fort Smith, AR: A woman’s body has been found in rural Crawford County and her husband has been arrested in connection with her death, police say.

Man, 32, Arrested in Girlfriend’s Death
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
St. John’s County, FL: Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 32-year-old man on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend early Tuesday.

Glastonbury Woman Charged In Newington Motel Homicide
Monday, January 2, 2012
Newington, CT: A 35-year-old woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man at the Carrier Motor Lodge late Monday, police said.

80-Year-Old Man, Girlfriend Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide
Monday, January 2, 2012
Uvalde, TX: Two people are dead in Uvalde in what appears to be a murder-suicide. Police were called to the residence of an 80-year-old man on Monday after receiving a call saying there was going to be a murder-suicide. Within just a few minutes SWAT teams responded to the scene where they heard a single shot fired.

Byng Woman Shot To Death, Husband Accused
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Byng, OK: A Pontotoc County woman found shot to death this weekend, the suspect — her own husband. Residents in the quiet town of Byng, Oklahoma, just few miles north of Ada, said they were shocked late Sunday night when they realized authorities were searching for a suspected killer.

Concord Police: Man Killed Wife, Self
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Concord, NC: Concord police say it appears as if a man shot and killed his estranged wife, wounded another man, and then killed himself Sunday evening at a house in the southwest side of the city.

Killings of Mom, Daughter Fueled By Domestic Dispute, Police Say
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Lauderhill, FL: A New Year’s Day shooting sparked by a domestic dispute left a mother and her 19-year-old daughter dead and a grandmother suffering a gunshot wound to the arm, police say. The man, 28, is being held without bond at the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of premeditated murder for the deaths of his wife and her daughter, who was home from college for the holidays. The couple’s 7-year old daughter was present at the time of the 6:30 p.m. shooting.

Woman Killed in East Side Tacoma Home Identified
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Tacoma, WA: The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the name of a woman who was killed late Sunday in an East Side home. The 26-year-old victim was fatally shot while she slept on the couch of a home in the 8400 block of East D Street.

Ellen Pence, “mother” of domestic violence intervention, dies of breast cancer

Duluth News Tribune Story

A co-founder of Duluth’s world-renowned Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and a woman considered the “mother” of domestic violence intervention has died.

Ellen Pence, 63, died Friday morning after a long struggle with breast cancer.

“She was brilliant, sharp-witted, loved people and was extremely hard-working,” said Duluth Assistant City Attorney Mary Asmus, a friend of Pence’s for almost 30 years.

“It’s hard to even put into words because her contribution is so huge,” Asmus said. “Before Ellen was here, the criminal justice system did not intervene in domestic violence issues. Police did not arrest. People didn’t get prosecuted. Nowhere in the state or country. She is really behind all of it. It all goes back to her. She is the mother of our coordinated community response.”

Pence helped found the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and is credited with creating the Duluth Model of intervention in domestic violence cases, which uses an interagency approach involving police, probation, courts and human services. The primary goal is to protect victims from ongoing abuse. The project also included the start of Duluth’s mandatory arrest policy, which says an arrest must be made if there is an injury and police have evidence of an assault.

Linda Riddle, executive director of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, said the Duluth model is used in all 50 states and at least 17 countries.

“No one has done more to end violence against women than Ellen Pence,” Riddle said. “She has been a teacher, mentor, friend and sister to countless women and men across the world.”

Duluth police Chief Gordon Ramsay and his wife, Tracy, were longtime friends of Pence. They visited her at her St. Paul condominium the day after Christmas.

“She still had her humor. She was still making Tracy and I laugh. She was an incredible woman,” Gordon Ramsay said. “What she started here and the others who worked with her started is now a model around the world. The one thing I’ll always remember about Ellen is the sparkling of her eye and the disarming smile and manner that she had.”

Ramsay said that Pence grew to love Duluth police, but it wasn’t love at first sight. “She told me that when she was primarily pushing us to create the mandatory domestic arrest policy back in 1980 or ’81, police gave her resistance. She said they were all (jerks), ‘but they did what I asked them,’ ” Ramsay said.

Ramsay said a sponsor will be sought for a City Council resolution naming the training room in the new police headquarters on Arlington Avenue in Pence’s honor.

Pence was publicly recognized for her efforts on Feb. 5, 2010, when Duluth Mayor Don Ness proclaimed it Ellen Pence Day. She attended a ceremony at City Hall wearing a surgical mask to protect against germs. She had just completed her latest round of chemotherapy for breast cancer and her resistance was down but her spirit wasn’t.

In an interview with the News Tribune that day, Pence said she was one of “those lefty hippie dropouts” until she found her calling in the 1970s. She landed a job with the Minneapolis Housing Authority helping relocate people who had emergency housing problems. She also assisted women who were running away from battering husbands.

She immersed herself in the study of domestic violence and came to Duluth and helped develop the model of handling domestic violence that she said is seen as the “gold standard” around the world.

Pence also worked for Praxis International, a nonprofit research and training organization that works toward the elimination of violence in the lives of women and children.

Source – Duluth News Tribune

11th Annual Spares for SHARE Bowling Tournament March 17

11th Annual Spares for SHARE Bowling Tournament

The 11th Annual Spares for SHARE Bowling Tournament will be March 17th at Gold Crown Lanes. This is our annual fundraiser and this year’s goal is $15,000.

Thanks to community support this event has been our most successful fundraiser and an event that we look forward to each year. Starting with Crazy 8’s at 6 p.m. with dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the evening will be full of fun activities and prizes. The silent auction will run throughout the evening from 6 p.m. to 9:30. There will be cash prizes awarded to best team and individual high scores for women and men.

Spares for SHARE offers a variety of opportunities to participate in the fun as well as contribute. By becoming involved in this event, regardless of whether or not you are a bowler, you can help in the effort to stop domestic violence in Morgan County.

All proceeds from the tournament go directly toward supporting the domestic violence shelter and outreach services.

For more information call 970-867-4444 and ask for Jan.