Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Congress must pass VAWA in order for funding to be maintained. Casey supporting the Act.
Last year, 530 adults were turned away from a shelter in Bucks and Montgomery counties due to lack of room, said a report on PhillyBurbs.com. "Should Congress fail to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which pays for programs that help victims of domestic violence, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said it would encourage 'a terrible, horrific betrayal of who we are as a people' and make it more difficult to help victims," said the article. VAWA, according to WhiteHouse.gov's fact sheet, is credited with decreasing domestic violence against women by 67 percent from 1993 to 2010. The fact sheet calls the Act a "landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Norristown-based domestic violence agency has issued a statement expressing their agreement in the recent denial of Rafael Robb’s early parole.
Friday, January 25
From Laurel House: "On behalf of our organization’s staff, board members, volunteers, and most importantly, on behalf of victims of domestic violence, we are relieved by the recent news that parole was denied for Rafael Robb," stated Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House, which is a domestic violence agency located in Norristown. Robb was sentenced in 2008 to serve five to ten years for the brutal murder of his wife, Ellen Robb. After learning that Mr. Robb was granted early release by the State Parole Board, Ellen’s family lead efforts to advocate against his early release. "We feel fortunate to live in a community where our elected officials are so committed to seeking justice for victims of domestic violence and we want to …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
October shares a number of different awareness initiatives. Did you know about this one?
Most commonly known for the celebration of Halloween, the discovery of America and breast cancer awareness, October is also home to a few lesser-known awareness initiatives, such as World Space Week and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, in respect to all of the causes of this breezy, fall month, we enlighten our readers with five facts they may not have known about Domestic Vioence Awareness Month. The following information comes from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Verizon Wireless... 1. The Genesis - "Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence," the NCADV's website printed. "The intent was to connect battered…
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Upper Providence and Pennsylvania State Police responded to a domestic violence call on 422 on Saturday afternoon.
A woman was assaulted on the westbound lanes of Route 422 in Upper Providence on Saturday afternoon in what police called "a domestic violence issue." The incident occurred at about 1:20 p.m. between the Oaks and Collegeville exits in Upper Providence. "She's beat up pretty bad," said a responding police officer, identified by his uniform nametag as Officer Kennmare. An initial report that an unidentified male subject had pulled the woman from a vehicle could not immediately be confirmed. State Police said a news release will not be out on the incident until at least Sunday.
A look at the last week's police activity in Limerick Township.
The Limerick Township Police Department logged 172 incidents between Monday, June 6 and Monday, June 13. Of the incidents, 23 were deemed false alarms. Among the calls to which the police responded were the following incidents of note. A 20-year-old woman from Philadelphia was arrested on June 7 for stealing $257.64 of merchandise from Neiman Marcus, Dress Barn, The Children's Place and Aeropostale at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick Township. Zavia Ellaouise Mitchell-Marshall, two unidentified females and a young child were seen trying on shoes at the Nieman Marcus store between 3 and 3:30 p.m. when Loss Prevention saw her take her shoes and place them in the box that held a new pair of sandals. Mitchell-Marshall then put the …