News of the Week

A weekly roundup of family violence-related stories from across the web.

What first responders think about domestic violence will horrify you

“According to a new study published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, too many EMTs and paramedics buy into the same myths about domestic violence as the public—namely, that the victim is somehow responsible for the abuse.” —Fusion

Baker’s Domestic Violence Programs Tax Checkoff Bill Passes Unanimously Out Of Assembly Committee

“AB 1399 will help recoup this deficit through a donation option on California tax returns to the California Domestic Violence Fund. Tax filers can check off a box on their tax returns to contribute funds in excess of their tax liability to domestic violence programs who are grant recipients of the Office of Emergency Services.” —Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

Guest commentary: It takes training and education to stand up to violence

 “The truth is that 1 in every 3 young people experiences some form of abuse in their relationship and 30 percent of adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) who are killed every year in the U.S. die at the hands of an abusive partner.” —Contra Costa Times