Updates – Supporting Victim/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

What's New? The following article provides updates to our previous blog published March 26, 2020. On April 30, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-48, which extended the Stay Home Order until May 18. The order is intended to continue to slow the spread of the virus, while allowing some people to return to work. … Continue reading Updates – Supporting Victim/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Volunteer Reflects

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Sydney Goggins, University of Minnesota Law Student and WATCH volunteer Going into a courtroom for the first time compared to re-entering a courtroom after a semester of law school are wildly different experiences. My first time in the courtroom was with WATCH, a court monitoring and judicial policy initiative of The Advocates For Human Rights, … Continue reading A Volunteer Reflects

A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

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The Advocates is taking action to respond to increased domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our social media about the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence in countries around the world.  Across the world, agencies are seeing an uptick in domestic violence cases as stay-at-home and limited movement orders have been put in place … Continue reading A Global Look at COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Supporting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S., and across the globe, more and more people are being ordered to stay home. Yet, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “home” is the “most dangerous place for women.”1 For victims/survivors of domestic violence, the ability to leave home to go to safe, public … Continue reading Supporting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”

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Women’s human rights defenders are celebrating an overdue breakthrough in prosecuting sexual assault and harassment. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, March 11 for his two sexual assault convictions.  He faces additional charges in Los Angeles.  Many who work against sexual violence see a … Continue reading Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”

Celebrating victories in an imperfect system

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I will admit that when I realized that I had scheduled myself for court observation the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, I had not considered all the last-minute errands that would be put on my list, as the sole able-bodied member of my household.  So when I woke up to heavy snowfalls and school cancellations that … Continue reading Celebrating victories in an imperfect system