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A new study shows Kentucky is among the top 10 states in the nation where women are murdered by men. Women in intimate partner relationships are especially vulnerable.

The report called “When Men Murder Women” is by the nonprofit Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and uses data from the FBI.

The report says having guns in the home can allow domestic violence to escalate to murder. And women are much more likely to be a victim at home than in any other place. 

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics' recent National Crime Victimization Survey estimates that people in the U.S. experienced more than 320,000 incidents of rape and sexual assault in 2016. The majority of incidents of abuse are reported by women, but men are also victims, and research suggests men face an even greater stigma in reporting sexual assault than women.

States across the political spectrum have turned recently to a new kind of gun control measure, known as red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders. They allow for the seizure of guns from potentially dangerous people.

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Separating parents will get joint custody of their children by default under a bill signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin last week, unless a parent has a recent history of domestic violence.

Kentucky is the first state in the country to create a “legal presumption” for joint custody in divorce proceedings.

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, people with disabilities are at least 2.5 times more likely to experience violent victimization than those without disabilities. An NPR investigation released this January revealed Justice Department data on sex crimes that showed people with intellectual disabilities, both men and women, are victims of sexual assault more than seven times as frequently as people without disabilities.

Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a bill that strengthens Ohio’s domestic violence laws by closing loopholes and allowing victims access to more services. 

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Hamilton County became the first in Ohio to launch a new technology-based warning system to help protect victims of domestic violence.

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Hamilton County is experiencing a spike in sexual assault calls and a rash of domestic violence incidents that resulted in three deaths in October. Seven individuals have lost their lives in Hamilton County this year due to domestic violence homicide.

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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of intimate physical violence in their lifetimes. 

Experts say strangulation has become a red flag that leads to murder in domestic violence situations. That’s why legislators want to ramp up prison time for such an offense.

  Domestic violence not only takes a toll on its survivors, according to a 2013 report in Forbes, it is also responsible for an estimated $8.3 billion in medical and lost productivity costs each year in the United States. The YWCA Domestic Violence Employer Assistance Program was designed to support businesses who learn of an employee struggling with domestic violence.

  The elevator video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé and the outcry it generated has once again brought the all-too-common problem of domestic violence into the spotlight. One in four women in the United States will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. Physical and sexual attacks are often involved, but intimidation, emotional abuse and controlling behavior are all forms of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence

Nov 12, 2013

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There were more than 41,000 domestic violence related arrests in Ohio last year. Though that number is down from 2011, advocates say they need more help from lawmakers to lower that stat even further. But they say a bill on teen dating violence passed a few years ago is helping.