divorce, before, during and after

What does a wife and mother do when she finally "outs" her physically, financially, and emotionally abusive husband?This husband ,a doctor, in affluent Fairfield County Ct was arrested for domestic abuse, interfering with a 911call and resisting arrest. The community was initially very supportive. The police arrested him immediately after the abuse was confirmed by all three children in the house. In the weeks that followed I received numerous support calls from Social Services, the Police and assigned Victims Advocate within the criminal court. ...more

Bound & bitten, or just Franken, Inouye, the Pentagon & the White House debating rape?

There are layers of information and emotion covering the speculation that Democratic Senator from Hawaii and Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye may strip an amendment from the Department of Defense's appropriations bill that freshman Al Franken (MN) successfully got attached to the House version.  Franken's amendment would prevent federal dollars and contracts from flowing from the DOD to any contractor who requires mandatory binding arbitration in exchange for giving up a right to be heard in court regarding...more

The Nook, The Kindle and Readers Have Rights Too

Last week was a big e-book discussion week. Barnes and Noble released it's new dedicated e-book reader, the Nook. There was a dust up about Kindle usage. And then there was the shocking revelation that *gasp* readers have rights too. ...more

Hmmm. I  can think of books that own me, body and soul, and I would like the ...more

Nanette Lepore, Samanta Cortes, lead fight to save NYC's Garment District

Some WVFC readers might remember a Nanette Lepore fashion catwalk we embedded last year, for one of our Pat Allen's posts; the very last dress in it, after all the signature Lepore pieces, was a T-shirt saying simply: SAVE THE GARMENT CENTE...more

A Reaction to the Shriver Report: Women's Voices For Change

by Diane Vacca, for Women's Voices For Change ...more

I went through to Women's Voices for Change and read your most excellent article, then ...more

Blog Action Day: I'm Thinking about Copenhagen. What are you thinking about?

Think ahead to December. Cast your mind to Copenhagen. This December, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Unlike the last time there was a conference of this magnitude ( in Kyoto), the United States will take part in the deliberations and agree to abide by the resolutions. ...more

You may have missed the exact day, but remember that Oct 24 is coming up and that is the ...more

Youth Violence is a Public Health Issue. Why Don't We Treat It that Way?

It has been several weeks since the nation recoiled in horror at the videotaped brutal beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, the Chicago honor student who was caught in a melee between two factions of warring youth. Last week, President Obama dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to the city to declare that he understood the urgency of the problem:...more
As an EMT, I can tell you that youth violence is without a doubt a public health issue.  I would ...more

Obama Administration Support for PATRIOT ACT Renewal Worries Civil Libertarians

Last week, the US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill reauthorizing controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that, according to civil libertarians, unnecessarily compromise American citizens' privacy rights. What's worse, the legislation reportedly has the support of the Obama administration, despite the fact that its most troubling provisions were opposed by then-Sen. Obama in 2005. ...more

My senators and asking what they're doing about it.

Thanks for the heads ...more

On President Obama's Nobel

by Farai Chideya ...more