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Anti-violence protesters threatened with violence

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Several Dartmouth College students have received rape and death threats following a Friday protest against sexual assault, racism and homophobia on campus and in administrative policies. In response to the threats, the college has suspended classes, announcing that it would hold “alternative programming … that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions,” according to a letter obtained by Think Progress.

As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education:

After the protests, Dartmouth students flocked to Facebook and Bored at Baker—an online forum named for the campus library but not officially affiliated with the college—to share their opinions, many of which took on violent tones. The comments offered streams of profanity-laced insults about the protesters’ ostensible sexual orientations and appearance, and included calls for physical violence against them involving razor blades and other weapons.

“Why do we even admit minorities if they’re just going to whine?” one commenter asked. “Wish I had a shotgun. Would have blown those [expletive] hippies away,” wrote another.

Such ugly comments, in turn, prompted students involved in the demonstration to create a blog, called Real Talk Dartmouth, where they have been collecting and posting screenshots of the most offensive posts.

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Nevada: Guns and domestic violence homicide

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. . . . . The horror of recent gun violence events against children and young persons brought with it a strong outcry for some action. However, the role of guns and female deaths is too frequently obscured under the label of “domestic abuse,” resulting in too little attention to guns and female murders.

In 2010, the Violence Policy Center released a document entitled “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data,” which provides information making it possible to extract gun violence from the domestic violence side. That report states that domestic violence and guns make a lethal combination. The Department of Commerce also released information in 2010, again the latest information we have on gun violence.

The information available suggests that death rate by firearms for women is 12 times higher than the combined rate of 22 other high-income countries. The overriding fact emerging from the analysis is that more women are killed in the home than in any other environment and are murdered by someone they know.

A handgun in the home, whether legal or illegal, is the usual killing instrument. A history of abuse increases the likelihood of a handgun murder. Black females are murdered at a rate 2.5 times higher than white women.

The Violence Policy Center document ranks states with the highest female victim/male offender rates. Arizona ranks No. 8 among the top 10 in number of female homicides. Nevada is No. 1

Some comparison with national rates is possible.

In Arizona, 60 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns. Three quarters of those victims were killed with handguns. In the United States about half of female victims were killed with guns, 70 percent with handguns.

In both Arizona and the United States as a whole, female murder was not related to another felony.

In Arizona, 94 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew, a percentage equal to that of the United States

The state providing the greatest protection for women from gun violence is Minnesota, with a murder rate of 14/100,000 compared to Arizona’s 52/100,000.

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Detroit prosecutor says domestic violence up since recession started

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DETROIT, MI — In the wake of three recent homicide-suicide cases involving Metro Detroit couples, head of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s domestic violence unit Piper Fakir blames the economic downturn for a rise in domestic violence cases over the last several years.

“I think when Michigan began undergoing difficult financial times, we saw the increase and it’s just been pretty steady since then,” Fakir told WDET’s Pat Batcheller.

She said that in many cases, domestic troubles appears to stem from a feeling of losing control amid tough times.

“I think unemployment, difficult financial times, unaddressed mental health issues, easy access to guns, substance abuse issues — all of those combined with the feeling that the men are losing control contribute to this homicide-suicide kind of thing,” Fakir said.

“I think when men realize that they’ve lost control and the relationship is ending, that time immediately after is the most dangerous for a woman in an abusive relationship.”

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NYC: Number of women killed in domestic violence increased by 15 percent in 2012

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At the end of last year, city officials announced that New York saw the lowest number of murder victims in 2012 in over 50 years. A new report by the NYPD provides the data behind those rates and a visual analysis of the 419 victims, as well as the 290 suspects identified in their murders. Among the report’s more startling results are the homicide statistics relating to women.

One in six homicide victims were women, and 68 percent of those murders were incidents of domestic violence. Meanwhile, just seven percent of murder suspects were women.

A Violence Policy Center report, “When Men Murder Women,” released last year shows that New York’s domestic violence murder rates in 2012 are close to the national average: Sixty-five percent of female homicide victims nationwide are the wives or intimate partners of their killers.

But although New York’s overall murder rate has declined, that of women killed in domestic violence actually climbed almost 15 percent last year. According to the NYPD’s 2011 murder report, 54 percent of all murders of women were a result of domestic violence.

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Georgia: Number of domestic violence homicides rising

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The number of domestic violence homicides in Georgia appears to be rising according to a report released this week. 128 people died in domestic-related homicides in 2012. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been studying the fatality rate for 9 years.

Program manager Jennifer Thomas says an overwhelming majority of the cases involved firearms.

76 percent of the domestic violence homicides were firearms-related deaths.

“In 76 percent of the domestic violence homicides, they were firearms-related deaths. We also found that in 43 percent of our cases reviewed, the victim and the perpetrator of that homicide shared a minor child together. And that in 18 percent of those cases, the children actually witnessed those homicides.”she says.

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North Carolina: Spike in domestic violence homicides in 2012

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ASHEVILLE — Authorities in Western North Carolina reported an increase in domestic violence homicide investigations in 2012, mirroring a statewide trend.

Sixteen people died in the mountains from domestic violence, up from 10 the previous year, according to the N.C. Department of Justice. Statewide, 122 people lost their lives in domestic violence homicides in 2012, an increase of 16 from the previous year.

“I have great concern about this increase,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “It’s clear that North Carolina must do more to stop domestic abuse before it turns deadly.”

Four of the domestic violence deaths last year happened in Henderson County. There were three each in Buncombe and Madison counties. Henderson County’s four domestic violence homicides are more than expected for its population, the Department of Justice said.

Last year’s increase in domestic violence deaths underscores the need for more resources for victims, better enforcement of laws against abusers and increased education and awareness, the Attorney General’s Office said. Unemployment and lack of affordable housing can lead to increased domestic violence incidents, said Julie Klipp Nicholson, managing attorney at Pisgah Legal Services.

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South Carolina: Domestic violence deaths driving up homicide rate

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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — One woman was stabbed and stuffed into a Rubbermaid container.

Another was shot and then taken to a wooded area near Eastover where her body was burned.

One woman was a victim of murder-suicide. A fourth was shot in her home.

All four women were killed this year, and police have accused a boyfriend or husband of the crimes.

“It’s horrific,” said Capt. Lancy Weeks of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s special victims unit. “I can’t fathom why someone would do that to another person, especially to someone they say they love.”

Because of those slayings, 2013 is on pace to be one of the deadliest years in recent memory for the county.

Between Jan. 1 and Wednesday, six killings have been reported in Richland County. During the same period in 2012, there was one, according to data provided by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Two of the six homicides involved men shooting men.

Columbia police have reported one killing this year, and that case is not related to domestic violence.

While Richland’s violence has escalated this year, domestic violence deaths always are a problem in the state, said Nancy Barton, executive director of Sistercare, an organization that provides services for battered women in five Midlands counties.

“While we are talking about Richland County, the issue of domestic violence is one we haven’t gotten a handle on in South Carolina,” she said.

Last year, the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., ranked South Carolina second in the nation in cases of women being killed by men.

The report, based on 2010 statistics, found that 46 women were killed by men, giving the state a rate of 1.94 deaths per 100,000 residents. Nationally that year, the rate of women killed by was 1.22 per 100,000.

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