domestic violence

Politics
9:45 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Metro Louisville Domestic Violence Panel Makes Recommendations to Curb Incidents, Deaths

Credit Louisville Metro Government

In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Louisville Metro Government is releasing its second biennial report to help curb incidents and attacks.

"Domestic violence touches every person in our community, in one way or another," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "It may be happening to a friend, family member or even a co-worker, so it is extremely important that we use this opportunity and this data to help build awareness and provide information to our residents about the available services and resources."

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Strange Fruit: Kasandra Perkins & Jovan Belcher; Sexual Assault in Communities of Color

Aishah Shahidah Simmons (top left), Gina McCauley (top right), hosts Jaison Gardner & Dr. Kaila Story

It's been one week since Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shocked the football world by shooting his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, then himself. In the intervening seven days, people have tried to make sense of his actions in different ways. Could he have suffered concussions during his time on the field, which made him prone to violence and poor impulse control? Some outlets speculated Belcher was angry at Perkins for various reasons. ESPN was criticized for airing a graphic in tribute to Belcher.

To try to make some sense of the story and resulting coverage, we called Gina McCauley, who blogs at What About Our Daughters. McCauley says all the speculation about the causes of last Saturday's events is offensive, and an avoidance tactic. "Why are we going out of our way to ignore the fact that the reason this woman was murdered is because of misogyny and sexism?" she asks. "She was murdered because he wanted to control her in some way. He couldn't, so he killed her."

Her post on the murder cites the CDC statistic that black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely than white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant, or within one year of giving birth. She had a lot to share with us about the disparity in those numbers and why the media doesn't talk about it in cases like this.

We also spoke this week with documentary filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons, who directed "No! The Rape Documentary." In the film she examines sexual assault in communities of color, and unique issues surrounding survivors within our community. 

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Local News
11:44 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Albarado Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jockey Robby Albarado has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. The veteran rider is charged in an alleged case of domestic violence.

Albarado’s attorney, Scott Barton, entered the plea today in Jefferson District Court to the misdemeanor charge. A July trial date was set. The jockey was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly accosting a woman who said she was trying to break up with him.

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