Showing Press in Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Campaign

Rewire | 03.08.2017

The Abuse Excuse: Dismissing Domestic Violence and Its Effects in the Criminal Court System

For decades, domestic violence survivors have been criminalized, prosecuted, and imprisoned for acts carried out by their abusive partners. In January, 30-year-old Noor Zahi Salman was arrested in connection with the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre that left 49 people dead and many more injured and traumatized. Salman’s name had, until then, been largely unfamiliar to the U.S.Read More

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Teen Vogue | 01.24.2017

Bresha Meadows Case Calls Attention to Incarcerated Domestic Violence Survivors

Bresha Meadows has been in jail for 175 days, accused of killing her father. Police say she took a gun and shot her father in the head while he was sleeping. Bresha is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated murder, but her mother says she’s not a criminal — she’s a hero.Read More

The Philadelphia Citizen | 01.24.2017

Fighting for Freedom

Christina Wall spent 19 months at Riverside Correctional Facility for a first-degree felony. While she was in prison, she met with many different organizations that promised to help her re-enter society when she’d done her time. When she got out in June of 2015, Wall, a first-time inmate originally from New Jersey, tried to get in contact with all of these groups.Read More

The New York Times | 01.03.2017

Letter to the Editor: Alleviating the Pain When a Parent Is in Jail

To the Editor: Re “Serving as a Role Model During a Father’s Absence” (The Neediest Cases, Dec. 21): It’s nice to see young Jaylen benefit from the MentorCHIP program. But children whose parents are incarcerated need regular visits with their parents. Studies show that children’s emotional, scholastic and social adjustment improve when they have regularly scheduled visits to alleviate the pain of losing a parent.Read More

Narrative.ly.com | 12.21.2016

She Killed Her Abuser Before He Could Kill Her—Then Served 17 Years. Now She’s Taking on the System.

A proposed New York State law could offer justice to women who fight back against abusive partners. Kim Dadou is doing everything she can to make it a reality. On the night of December 17, 1991, Kim Dadou’s boyfriend, Darnell Sanders, drove up to her mother’s house. He waited for her in his car, parked on the street.Read More

The New York Times | 11.25.2016

For Women, a Cheaper, Better Alternative to Prison

Here’s a riddle: Would you rather pay $10 dollars, one time, or $11, repeatedly, for the rest of your life? Anessa Rabbit (photo: Andrea Morales for the NYT) If you chose the first option, you acted logically. If you chose the second option, you acted the way the United States government acts when it imprisons female drug addicts.Read More

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Truthout | 10.04.2016

“The System Abuses Us by Locking Us Up Forever”: Aging Survivors Behind Bars

On October 6, 2016, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows will appear in an Ohio family court for the death of her abusive father. Meadows had spent a lifetime watching her father hit, kick, shove and control her mother. If her mother tried to leave, her father often threatened that he would kill her and their three children.Read More

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On the Count (WBAI) | 06.25.2016

On the Count (WBAI): Pass the Domestic Violence Survivors’ Justice Act (DVSJA)

Listen to LadyKatherine Williams-Julien  discuss the DVSJA with host State Senator Bill Perkins on this broadcast of “On the Count” on WBAI-FM radio.Read More

Huffington Post | 05.25.2016

Should Domestic Violence Victims Go To Prison For Killing Their Abusers?

photo credit: Melissa Jeltsen NEW YORK — LadyKathryn Williams-Julien’s first childhood memory is of her father punching her mother in the face. She was 6. Her mother fell to the ground, where Williams-Julien was already cowering. They were eye-to-eye, mother and child, both trembling with fear. “Her whole face was covered with blood,” she said quietly, sitting at the kitchen table in her apartment in the Bronx.Read More

Huffington Post | 04.13.2016

She Was Acquitted Of Murdering Her Abusive Ex After Years In Prison. Now Comes The Hard Part.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Cherelle Baldwin was technically free. It had been nine days since her release from York Correctional Institution, Connecticut’s only prison for women. She spent almost three years there, waiting to stand trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend before being found innocent. But even though she was back outside, free to go anywhere she wanted, whenever she wanted, Baldwin said she felt trapped.Read More