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How Melissa Lucio Went From Abuse Survivor to Death Row
Why some trauma victims are more likely to take responsibility for crimes, even when they may be innocent.
The Criminal Justice Issue Nobody Talks About: Brain Injuries
I know firsthand what it’s like to navigate the criminal justice system with a brain injury caused by domestic violence. I also live with the fact that an injury like mine can turn a victim into a perpetrator.
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April 22, 2020
Is Domestic Violence Rising During the Coronavirus Shutdown? Here’s What the Data Shows.
Reports of domestic abuse in three cities have dropped. But police and experts say that may be a problem.
October 3, 2019
I Killed My Wife. Now I Want to Help Prevent Domestic Violence.
“If I could save one man from doing what I did, then I will have found a calling for my final years.”
August 28, 2019
Same-Sex Couples in North Carolina Don’t Have Equal Abuse Protections
A lawsuit seeks protective orders even when queer couples don’t live together.
Joseph Darius Jaafari
October 24, 2018
When You’re the Only Cop in Town
A photographer follows three lone officers who deal with drugs, domestic violence and wayward bears in their communities.
June 12, 2018
Is Domestic Violence Private?
It took 20 years for courts to say no. It took Jeff Sessions no time to say yes.
April 17, 2018
Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?
Trump seems to say, not anymore.
September 21, 2017
Making Sense of Senseless Violence
A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.
September 22, 2016
When a Former Domestic-Violence Prosecutor Realizes Her Relative is Being Abused
“My usual insights didn’t seem to apply. I didn’t know how to help her.”