Will Closing the ‘Boyfriend Loophole’ in Gun Legislation Save Lives? Here’s What the Research Says

Will Closing the ‘Boyfriend Loophole’ in Gun Legislation Save Lives? Here’s What the Research Says

New York City, NY USA – June 2, 2022. Gun violence activists marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall for a press conference with Mayor Adams on gun violence. (Shutterstock) By April M. Zeoli, The Conversation The U.S. Congress has passed a bipartisan gun safety bill, representing the first federal gun safety legislation to […]

An Exclusive Chat with Carol Maraj

An Exclusive Chat with Carol Maraj

By Victoria Falk, CAW Exclusive Trinidadian-born, Carol Maraj, is the mother of world-renowned rap artist Onika Tanya Maraj – Petty, most known as Nicki Minaj. Although Ms. Maraj is more easily recognizable when seen in public beside her famous daughter, she has indeed developed a name for herself, in her own right. Ms. Carol Maraj […]

Governor Hochul Signs Domestic Violence Legislative Package

Governor Hochul Signs Domestic Violence Legislative Package

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a domestic violence legislative package into law. Legislation S.1557/A.4496 requires the release of individuals from utility corporation services in instances of domestic violence. Legislation S.1555A/A.465-A will make it easier for a victim of domestic violence to apply to have their voter registration records sealed from public view. “My mother worked with […]

Taraji P. Henson Recalls Leaving Abusive Relationship for Son’s Safety

Taraji P. Henson Recalls Leaving Abusive Relationship for Son’s Safety

Taraji P. Henson arrives to the “Empire” Los Angeles Premiere on January 6, 2015 in Hollywood, CA (Shutterstock) By Brad Callas, Complex Taraji P. Henson recently opened up about her past experience with domestic violence. On Friday, the 51-year-old actress shared a sneak peak of an upcoming episode of her Facebook Watch series Peace of Mind with Taraji. In […]

Immigrants and Domestic Violence

Immigrants and Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and immigrants are particularly vulnerable because many may not speak English, are often separated from family and friends, and may not understand the laws of the United States. For these reasons, immigrants are often afraid to report acts of domestic violence to the police or to seek other forms […]

Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

By Krista M. Chronister, The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to prevent its spread, such as self-quarantine and travel restrictions, have isolated families and intensified conditions that place people at greater risk for domestic violence. Reports of domestic violence are increasing around the world. Domestic violence is harm inflicted by a romantic partner in […]

A Dangerous Mix: The Holidays & Domestic Violence

A Dangerous Mix: The Holidays & Domestic Violence

By Janet Howard Domestic abuse always seems to increase during the holiday season, the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, as families and couples spend more time together at home. Coupled with Coronavirus lockdown measures, too, have led to increased incidences of abuse as couples and families are further isolated from the outside world. […]

Saving Lives from Domestic Violence

Saving Lives from Domestic Violence

By Chirlane McCray One survivor used the word “red” in telephone calls with her best friend when she and her children were in trouble. A family living with an abuser placed a photo in a window visible from the street – when the photo was not visible it meant they were in trouble. Another survivor […]

5 Signs That You May Be In An Abusive Relationship

5 Signs That You May Be In An Abusive Relationship

By Asia D. Smith, fatherhood.gov “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel Domestic Violence is a violation to a person at the core of their […]