Domestic Violence

5:45am

Wed June 11, 2014
Health

Rise in elder abuse cases has central New York searching for answers

With an aging population, elder abuse is becoming more prevalent across the country and in central New York. Financial abuse has become one of the most common ways people take advantage of older Americans.

Jenny Hicks runs a program out of Vera House in Syracuse that focuses on elder abuse, and says there’s a kind of déjà vu in an agency that for years has counseled victims of domestic violence.

“It’s very much like domestic violence was 35 years ago -- in the shadows," Hicks said. "People are just now starting to talk about elder abuse.”

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8:06am

Tue February 4, 2014
Regional Coverage

Vera House hosting teen dating violence town hall on Twitter

Vera House is encouraging adults and teens to talk about the issue of teen dating violence. The Syracuse agency hopes to get the conversation going by hosting a Twitter town hall session Tuesday.

As many as one in three teens will experience some kind of violence stemming from a romantic relationship, according to Vera House education director Loren Cunningham. But it’s often hard to get teens to open up about it.

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7:27am

Mon November 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Policy could help Syracuse Police prosecute more domestic violence cases

Syracuse Police have started a new policy that could help crack domestic violence cases, called the CODE, or Chronic Offender Domestic Enforcement, program.

Rebecca Thompson has answered countless domestic violence calls in her 27 years as a member of the Syracuse Police Department. Now as deputy chief of the uniformed bureau, she said she knows how it is a very personal crime, and sometimes, victims don't want to testify against a loved one, which can make it harder for prosecutors to make a case.

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8:34am

Thu October 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Vera House Annual Report highlights domestic abuse survival stories

A recent domestic violence death in central New York hung over this year's Vera House Annual Report to the community this week. The deaths this week of a Liverpool woman and her friend, allegedly at the hand of her estranged husband, was on the mind of survivors of domestic violence and those who work with victims of domestic violence.

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12:22pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Politics and Government

NY celebrates renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman speaks to survivors of violence at a Vera House event taking note of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Cheers are coming from all corners of central New York following the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act last week in Washington. The renewal of the law had been stalled for almost two years in the midst of House and Senate gridlock.

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12:30pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

Schumer advocates for abused women and children

Ryan Delaney

Senator Charles Schumer visited the child advocacy center in Fulton Tuesday to promote passage of the Violence Against Women Act. Schumer chose to highlight Oswego County because of a sharp rise in reported child abuse cases.

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7:06am

Mon October 31, 2011
Regional Coverage

Domestic violence calls continue to rise across central New York

While domestic violence continues to be an issue in Central New York, the group that puts out the annual report to the community on domestic and sexual violence, found one bright spot in the stats. But that bright spot didn't last long.

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