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Carlos Avila Gonzalez / SF Chronicle


  On this edition of Your Call, we’re hearing how people experiencing domestic violence are receiving support while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations around the globe are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls.

Victims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable in this health crisis because abusive partners are now not leaving for work or working from home. Even if support groups and shelters are open, a victim has to be able to make that call, which may not happen if the abuser is home all day. 

Domestic Violence Prevention

Aug 1, 2018

Prevent domestic violence with the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. Host Jeffrey Hayden welcomes Lauren Zorfas and Melissa Gibbs. Ms Zorfas practices Family Law at ADZ Law, LLP, San Mateo (www.adzlaw.com). She is formerly Family Law Facilitator for the San Mateo County Superior Court. Ms Gibbs is Manager of Legal Services at CORA, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, in San Mateo (www.corasupport.org). Questions for Lauren and Melissa? Please call Your Legal Rights toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Photo by Austin Forbord Rapt Productions

 


On the September 29th edition of Your Call, Flyaway Productions’ choreographer Jo Kreiter joins us to discuss her latest piece, Grace and Delia are Gone.

Radio Ambulante: Nohemí

Sep 11, 2013
Photograph by James Samuelson

Nohemí was taken from her home when she was just a girl, and sent to work as a domestic employee for an upper-middle class family in Bogota. This is her story: how she survived years of abuse, neglect, and misfortune; and how, decades later, an act of solidarity and bravery helped bring her some measure of justice. This piece was produced by Camila Segura. 

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence. May not be suitable for minors.

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sfappeal

 

Sheriff Mirkarimi had many supporters when he was facing losing his job, but there were also many vocal opponents to his reinstatement. In fact, the majority of San Franciscans polled did not want Mirkarimi as Sheriff after his conviction. “Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff” was created calling for his resignation – and many women’s rights activists spoke out against Mirkarimi’s reinstatement during the ethics committee hearing when they were considering his case. Among them was Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

California is home to the largest U.S. women’s prison, located in Chowchilla. Women represent the fastest growing sector of the prison population nationwide and in the state. And the Habeas Project says about two-thirds of women behind bars report they are survivors of domestic abuse. One of those women was Deborah Peagler.

Peagler says her boyfriend started abusing her shortly after they began dating at age 15. She says he was upset with her because she refused to prostitute herself.