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Bustle

Meera Vijayann

25 September 2017

United States

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As sexual assaults, especially on university campuses, continue to go on and programs and measures aimed to help the victims of assault are receiving less support, new solutions are involving bars. 'Raise the bar' is ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christopher Johnston

9 July 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Largely unbeknownst to the public eye, Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms for many years. Recently, the city has become a leader in trying to eradicate this longstanding problem. Thanks to ...

The Salinas Californian

Chelcey Adami

23 June 2017

Soledad, California, United States

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The Monterey County chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and a rehabilitative group inside the prison at Soledad, Life CYCLE, team up to hold meetings in which parents of murder victims communicate their hurt, and ...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

31 May 2017

California, United States

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Victims of trauma are at risk for substance abuse, depression, or other difficulties. Trauma Recovery Centers are becoming increasingly prevalent for their ability to provide a wide range of services.

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

1 May 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Gunshot victims are often treated at hospitals only to be sent back into the community, where 1/3 will end up back in the hospital again. With a new emphasis on prevention and addressing the underlying issues, Ohio is...

Global Sisters Report

Melanie Lidman

6 April 2017

Rwanda

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Benebikira 'Sister Listeners' offer informal counseling to both victims and perpetrators of violence during the Rwanda genocide, seeking to forge a bridge of understanding. Their roles as listeners are especially impo...

The Story Exchange

Riva Richmond

28 March 2017

United States

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Women are often stuck in an abusive relationship due to poor financial situations. Programs are beginning to help abused women by giving them support and helping them become entrepreneurs in order to become financiall...

Coloradoan

Jacy Marmaduke

8 March 2017

Colorado, United States

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High caseworker turnover in Larimer County has led to poorer outcomes for children and high stress for the caseworkers themselves. To help combat this high turnover the salaries have been increased, retention incentiv...

Buzzfeed

Maura Ewing

9 February 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Police actions at a crime scene often exacerbate the victim’s trauma and trigger a person with mental illness who is going through a crisis. The Trauma-Informed Response Team in Milwaukee, is part of a national trend ...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Beatriz Alvarado

2 December 2016

Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

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In Nueces County, new local programs, projects, and partnerships - spurred by a particularly deadly year for women - are demonstrating how improved assessment by law enforcement and engagement by community members i...

Detroit Free Press

Gina Damron

19 November 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Across the country, hospitals are embracing intensive intervention programs to help victims of violence — including those who have criminal histories — after they have been brought in for treatment of injuries. Such p...

Vice

Anna Patton

16 November 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Uganda's open policy allows refugees to start a new life – and even a new business. But not all of them thrive due to governmental restrictions and limited cash flow.

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

26 October 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Victims of crime suffer a myriad of issues and there haven't been systems in place to support them. 'Safe Horizon' has developed a program to put advocates in each precinct in New York to work with the victims and hel...

The Baltimore Sun

J. Brian Charles

16 July 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore and other cities saw an increase in violence and individuals repeatedly ending up in the hospital with serious injuries, which mass jailing did not solve, leading to the creation of Shock Trauma's Violence I...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Victims of violence that end up in the emergency room can return within two years with more injuries because of retaliation efforts. Philadelphia’s Healing Hurt People is a hospital-based violence intervention program...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Healing Hurt People program, or HHP, is an ER-based violence intervention program that works on the public health-based notion that violence - like other diseases that spread - can be prevented. It targets service...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Healing Hurt People (HHP), the program that helped save his life, now employs men like Jermaine McCorey - men who used to be a part of a violent life on the streets of Philadelphia - to reach out to boys and young men...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Krista M. Torralva

27 February 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Partnering cops and clinicians has led to a cultural change in New Haven's police department. Their definition of a victim extends past the person with physical injuries in order to help children from violence-stricke...

Mental Floss

Jennifer Billock

26 February 2016

United States

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Specially trained service dogs help crime victims in 31 states by accompanying them to forensic interviews and court dates. The dogs, called facility dogs, give emotional comfort to victims, most often child victims o...

Al Jazeera

Mark Obbie

13 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A growing number of organizations—rallying around victim advocacy—are calling for shorter sentences for offenders and better counseling for victims across the United States.

The Nation

Hélène Barthélemy

9 November 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A misdemeanor for a poor person can mean denial of employment, housing, etc., removing any opportunities for change. A public defender's office in the Bronx is trying to stop this downward spiral by offering ex-offend...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

2 November 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Part 2 of a series on solutions to freeing victims of labor trafficking around the globe. With the help of organizations like Damayan Migrant Workers Association in New York, former victims who have been freed from la...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

24 October 2015

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative is being implemented in cities across the U.S. Instead of arresting people accused of low-level drug crimes, the offenders are offered drug treatment, job training, me...

The Trentonian

Penny Ray

18 October 2015

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

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The city of Trenton is trying to reduce gun violence. In Philadelphia, the Healing Hurt People is a hospital-based violence intervention program that employs trauma counselors to help patients suffering from gun viole...

Slate

Mark Obbie

30 June 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Restorative justice emphasizes accountability and making amends by facilitating meetings between people who committed a crime and those who were hurt by that crime. Victims can get their questions answered and express...

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