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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

It is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, and military veterans with civil-law concerns won't have to look far for justice. Credit: southernfried/morguefile

DALLAS – You might say this entire week is Veterans Day for current and former service members in Texas who have legal questions. Through Friday (Nov. 13), local bar associations, law schools and some private attorneys across the state are volunteering their time to advise veterans on matters ...Read More

The Nevada Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges moved from Chicago to Reno, Nev., in 1969. They provide expert advice to judges and officers of the court all across the nation on the issue of domestic violence. Courtesy: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

RENO, Nev. - It is an issue that is gaining plenty of national attention this month, and odds are few Nevadans know Reno is the place many judges across the U.S. turn to when they need expert advice on domestic-violence cases. Eryn Branch, program director for domestic relations with the National ...Read More

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On average, three women in the United States are murdered by their husband or boyfriend every day. Credit: kentoh/

MADISON, Wis. – Domestic violence takes a toll on the millions of Americans affected by it every year. The American Psychology Association says 3 million children in the U.S. are exposed annually to domestic violence in their homes. Emily Barnes, director of development and communications ...Read More

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear announces plans to build supportive housing for domestic-violence victims who have been living in shelters. She made the announcement Tuesday at GreenHouse17, the shelter near Lexington. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - In her eight years as Kentucky's First Lady, Jane Beshear has become known as a tireless supporter of ways to help victims of domestic violence. Tuesday at GreenHouse17, the shelter that provides emergency housing and services to victims in central Kentucky, Beshear announced a $4.5 ...Read More

About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability. Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now. She s ...Read More

Immigrant women face many barriers to leaving an abuse relationship. Credit: Kamuelaboy/Morgufile

INDIANAPOLIS – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and while escaping a domestic violence situation is not easy for victims, immigrant survivors of abuse face especially difficult challenges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every minute in the U.S. abou ...Read More

Placement with a relative can minimize trauma for foster children. Credit: kamuelaboy/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - While there is always a need for foster parents in Indiana, state officials say the need is especially great this year. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services there are over 18,000 children in the state's care, about four thousand more than at this time last year. Spo ...Read More

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