Thursday, September 16, 2021

Play

Hundreds of wealthy Americans back the Biden Build Back Better Act; Roger Stone is served with a warrant on live radio; and family caregivers are in need of assistance.

Play

Virginia gubernatorial candidates debate; former federal prosecutor Michael Sussmann indicted for lying to FBI; lawmakers set to question oil industry over climate disinformation; and FDA scientists express skepticism over booster shots.

Play

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Drive Aims to Boost Non-Mainstream Domestic-Violence Groups

Play

Tuesday, July 21, 2020   

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- An initiative is under way to extend the reach of smaller nonprofits in Wisconsin that assist victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The awareness effort in Milwaukee focuses on groups deemed culturally specific. Organizers have said in communities of color, victims might be reluctant to seek help from mainstream organizations, especially those with ties to law enforcement.

Antonia Vann is executive director at The Asha Project, one of several programs involved with the "We Are MKE" effort. She said women of color who have been victimized often are fearful of the ripple effect if they report abuse.

"They are intentionally not telling because of the risk of losing their children, or the risk of deportation," Vann said.

She said these smaller organizations often lack access to police data that can help them get a better sense of how to respond to domestic violence in their communities.

As for funding, Vann said they're not trying to take money away from mainstream groups. She said there's enough funding to be shared so all victims have access to the support they need.

Nonprofits across the country have struggled financially during the pandemic crisis. Vann said that's why it's crucial to steer more support toward smaller domestic-violence programs so they can build capacity for women who might be facing greater threats right now.

"The shelter in place was really dangerous for a number of victims because they were locked in," she said.

In 2017, Wisconsin saw nearly 30,000 cases of domestic violence. More than 9,000 victims were identified as Black, and more than 1,000 were identified as Asian-American or Native American. The Wisconsin Department of Justice said due to data-collection issues, it was not able to create a category for Hispanic women.



get more stories like this via email

Oregon's Hispanic population grew 30% from 2010 to 2020. (Gstudio/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hispanic Heritage Month began this week, and will be celebrated through Oct. 15. Oregon has a rapidly growing Hispanic population…


Social Issues

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- As the Biden administration challenges a Texas law restricting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood for …

Social Issues

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Social Security, the program credited with lifting 15 million older residents in Wyoming and across the U.S. out of poverty…


Arkansas' rental-assistance program has distributed funds to more than 3,200 households in the state. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas has made some changes to its state rent relief program to make it easier to distribute assistance to residents…

Environment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The historic clean-energy bill signed into Illinois law yesterday includes measures from closing coal and natural gas plants by 2…

Indiana ranks 44th out of 50 states for bankruptcy. (Andriy Blokhin/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new coalition is forming to push back against predatory lending and urge state lawmakers to take action to protect consumers…

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- More than 200 high earners have written a letter urging Congress to raise taxes to help support social safety-net programs that …

Health and Wellness

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Limiting women's access to abortion and other reproductive health care can have a devastating impact on state economies. According …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021