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Selma Blair: My Ex Shook, Strangled Me

She's been granted a restraining order against Ronald Carlson

(Newser) - Selma Blair has been granted a restraining order against her former long-term boyfriend after an alleged attack in her home last month. According to court documents seen by People and TMZ , the order was granted by a judge on Feb. 25, three days after the incident. In the filing, Blair...

Biden's ICE Pick Caught Up in Domestic Abuse Brouhaha

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and his wife both say the allegations are 'false'

(Newser) - The Senate was expected to vote as soon as this week on President Biden's pick to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has been without a Senate-confirmed director since 2017. That vote has now been delayed, however, following domestic violence allegations against the nominee. Senate Democrats withdrew a...

She Was a Domestic Abuse Victim. Her Ex Got the Kids

ProPublica takes a look at Julie Valadez's custody battle

(Newser) - In her mind, Wisconsin mother and domestic abuse victim Julie Valadez was being persistent in standing up for her four children. To a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge, she was uncooperative and unreasonable. According to many advocates at the intersection of domestic abuse and child custody, this is not an...

Mom: He Wouldn't Know Where to Go With the Kids if He Killed Me

David Mora opened fire during supervised visit at Sacramento church

(Newser) - When she obtained a restraining order against David Mora in May last year, his estranged partner said he had physically abused her and she was afraid he would hurt her again. He ended up killing their three daughters in a Sacramento church Monday, along with a family friend supervising the...

He Called It a Suicide Pact. Only His Partner Died

University of Utah student arrested in death of girlfriend, an international student at school

(Newser) - The notice posted Friday by the University of Utah was one brought with "heavy hearts," relaying news on the death of a 19-year-old international student in what appeared to be a "domestic violence situation." Now, the Salt Lake City Police Department is offering more context, announcing...

No Charges for Man Who Ran Down Alleged Killer

Witness to fatal London stabbing was detained on suspicion of murder

(Newser) - A driver who says he ran down a man with his car in an attempt to stop a fatal stabbing in London has been cleared of wrongdoing after being initially held by police. The unidentified 26-year-old told police he struck the man after seeing him stab a woman, later found...

Report: Petito Likely 'Long- Term' Domestic Violence Victim

'Mistakes' were made in Aug. 12 police stop, independent report adds

(Newser) - An investigation has found that Utah police made "several unintentional mistakes" when they stopped Gabby Petito and her boyfriend before she was killed, per the AP . The independent report released Wednesday examines a police stop in Moab on Aug. 12 after the couple's van was seen speeding and...

Gabby Petito's Parents Launch Foundation

Nonprofit makes its first donation to organizations that work against domestic violence

(Newser) - "I don't want to see this happen to another person," said Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito's mother, in announcing a new foundation in her daughter's name. The organization will support other groups that try to find missing persons and prevent domestic violence, ABC reports. Petito was...

Missionary Revered in Catholic Nation Is Headed to Prison

American ex-priest Richard Daschbach, 84, found guilty in East Timor of sexually abusing young girls

(Newser) - A defrocked American priest accused of sexually abusing orphaned and disadvantaged young girls under his care in East Timor was found guilty Tuesday and sentenced to 12 years in prison, in the first case of its kind in the staunchly Catholic nation. Richard Daschbach, 84, who spent decades as a...

Pope Francis Has Bold Words About Domestic Violence

Calls it 'almost Satanic'

(Newser) - Pope Francis didn't mince words when discussing domestic violence against women during a TV program that aired Sunday night, calling it "almost satanic." In what the BBC calls "some of his strongest language yet on the issue," Francis put it like so: "The problem...

Man Cut Off Wife's Hands, and Court Tells Russia to Pay

European Court of Human Rights weighed in on Tuesday

(Newser) - A woman suffered an unthinkable crime committed by her husband, and now Russia will pay, quite literally. Margarita Gracheva was kidnapped by her then-husband in December 2017; he took her into a forest, struck her at least 40 times with an ax, and cut off her hands, per the CBC...

She Feared Her Partner Would Kill Her. Death Came Differently

The 'New York Times' looks at a years-long case of domestic violence

(Newser) - “Your girl just jumped off the 95 bridge.” It was a text that made Detective Kristyn Bernier pull over her car and start crying, and it's the end to one woman's years-long tangle with domestic violence—but there's a coda. Writing for the New York ...

Male, Female Judo Stars Accuse Each Other of Assault

French Gold medalist Margaux Pinot posts image of her bruised face

(Newser) - A nasty dispute in the world of judo has emerged in France, where a female star and a male star are accusing each other of physical assault in a domestic dispute. Olympic gold medalist Margaux Pinot, 27, alleges that partner Alain Schmitt—a 38-year-old coach and former world-class competitor—assaulted...

Mass Marches Decry Violence Against Women
Mass Marches Decry
Violence Against Women

Mass Marches Decry Violence Against Women

Pleas for French government to act have been growing louder

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched Saturday through Paris and other French cities to demand more government action to prevent violence against women. The demonstrations come amid growing outrage in France over women killed by their partners, the AP reports. French women are increasingly speaking out about sexual harassment and...

Former NFL Player Arrested After Disturbing Video

Zac Stacy accused of vicious attack on a former girlfriend

(Newser) - Updated: Former NFL player Zac Stacy has been arrested in Florida after a disturbing video emerged that reportedly shows him beating his ex-girlfriend, reports WSMV . Stacy was taken into custody at Orlando International Airport on Thursday, and he is being held without bond on charges including aggravated battery. Ex Kristin...

Police: Missing Girl's Hand Signal Saved Her

16-year-old got help from passing motorist, and police arrested her driver

(Newser) - A teenage girl used a hand signal popularized on TikTok to signal for help. The 16-year-old from North Carolina had been missing for days when she was rescued Thursday, USA Today reports. James Herbert Brick, 61, of Cherokee, North Carolina, was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, and charged with unlawful...

Man Who Killed Ex-Wife During Livestream Gets Death Sentence

Chinese vlogger Lhamo died 2 weeks after being doused with gas, set on fire

(Newser) - A man who murdered his ex-wife last year by setting her on fire, all while she was livestreaming, has heard his fate in a Chinese intermediate people's court. The Shanghai Daily reports Tang Lu was on Thursday convicted of killing 30-year-old Lhamo, a vlogger and social media influencer, while...

Frat Member Accused of Kidnapping, Strangling Ex

University of Delaware students demand action after arrest of Brandon Freyre

(Newser) - University of Delaware students demanding action against gender-based violence held protests this week after the arrest of a student accused of kidnapping and attacking an ex-girlfriend. Police say Brandon Freyre, 20, allegedly held a fellow student captive in his off-campus Newark apartment for around four hours early last Friday, the...

Rapper Tyga Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence

His ex, Camaryn Swanson, had recently revealed accusations of abuse

(Newser) - Rapper Tyga turned himself into police Tuesday and was booked on charges of felony domestic violence. His ex, Camaryn Swanson, had the day prior posted photos on social media showing alleged physical abuse she says she suffered at his hands Monday morning, People reports. The 22-year-old fashion designer and influencer...

Queens of the Stone Age Rocker Gets Bad News From His Kids

Restraining order against Josh Homme for domestic violence filed in name of his 2 young sons

(Newser) - The frontman for rock group Queens of the Stone Age is being accused of domestic violence, and a filing for a restraining order on behalf of his two young sons has been submitted. Per legal documents seen by TMZ , the request for a protective order against 48-year-old Josh Homme was...

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