Look, I watch “The Hills.” I’m not ashamed, but I’m not proud either. I’m especially not proud now that the Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt subplot has taken a decidedly new agey and potentially abusive turn. Spencer is definitely a complete attention whore — the only one who could compete with him is his wife — and he’s always given me the skeeves. But on last night’s episode — and the preview for next week — it’s clear that Spencer is either losing his mind and treading into potentially scary and abusive territory or just pretending to
for the show. Keep reading »
More details have emerged about George Huguely, the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, who also played UVA lacrosse. Apparently the pair had broken up in recent weeks and on Sunday evening, police say Huguely entered Love’s apartment through an unlocked front door and then kicked down her locked bedroom door. Huguely admitted to police that the pair had an argument and he shook Love and slammed her head against the wall. He allegedly grabbed Love’s computer and retreated to his place, leaving his ex-girlfriend with a bruised face and a swollen eye, where she died lying face down on her bed in a pool of blood on her pillow.
Not surprisingly, police are investigating reports that Huguely had been drinking on Sunday when he allegedly killed Love. But I so very much hope that Love’s murder does not get chalked up to “a hard-partying lacrosse lunkhead drank too much and killed his girlfriend.” On the contrary, Huguely’s behavior was textbook: it is a fact acknowledged by advocates for domestic violence victims that a woman is most at risk when she tries to leave an abusive relationship. Keep reading »
Shock fell over the University of Virginia campus yesterday when students and faculty learned Yeardley Love, 22, a member of the lacrosse team, had been killed. Police charged George Huguely, a member of the #1-ranking men’s lacrosse team, in her death.
Police responded at 2:15 a.m. on Monday morning to a possible alcohol overdose at Love’s apartment, after her body had been found by her roommate. But police said Love had “obvious physical trauma” to her body, although it did not appear a weapon was used. Huguely, who was found at his apartment nearby, was questioned and charged with first-degree murder.
Police told reporters Love and Huguely “have had a romantic relationship” in the past, but it was unclear what their status was at the time of her death. This morning, Huguely’s lawyer, Francis Lawrence, said, “We are confident that Ms. Love’s death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome.”
Love, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, who was originally from Cockeysville, Maryland, was only weeks away from graduation. Keep reading »
Police responded to a 911 “disturbance” call at porn star Jenna Jameson‘s home yesterday — and her boyfriend, UFC fighter Tito Ortiz, was led away in handcuffs for felony domestic violence. According to TMZ, police observed “visible injuries” on Jameson when they arrived at the couple’s Huntington Beach, California mansion yesterday morning at 9:52 a.m. Last night, Jameson told the gossip site TMZ that the couple argued on Monday morning because she “said something very hurtful to his ego.” She then alleged that Ortiz grabbed her and “threw me into the bathtub and tore two ligaments in my shoulder.”
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A study of data from U.S. National Institute on Mental Health published in the journal Violence Against Women has found that many women who endure physical, sexual and psychological abuse from their male partners see them as “dependable” and even “affectionate.” Researchers from Adelphi University in New York and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto examined the data — which was on 611 low-income, mostly African-American women from urban areas, with an average age of 35 — and saw 43 percent said they had been abused by an intimate partner within the last year. Of the abused women, 54 percent said their partners were reliable, 44 percent said they were dependable yet abusive, and 38 percent said the men were dependable yet controlling. Only 18 percent — or less than one fifth of the abused women — said their partners were dangerously abusive. According to Time, the authors of the study hope that this insight into the minds of victims of domestic violence will help them help women. Keep reading »
The National Centre of Domestic Violencein the U.K. recently launched a campaign to bring awareness about male victims of domestic violence. This is certainly an important mission and the copy on their first advertisement (a portion of which you can see on the left) does a good job of summing up why male victims often do not come forward:
“We understand how it feels to be a male victim of domestic abuse. As a man, telling somebody that your partner is abusing you is difficult. You might feel ashamed, embarrassed, or worried you’ll be viewed as less of a man.”
However, as Sady Doyle points out at Broadsheet, the text in the ad is extremely, um, easy to miss in comparison to the image used. Check out the full shebang (which could be deemed NSFWish), after the jump … Keep reading »
Hold onto your hats, folks, because Charlie Sheen’s domestic abuse trial is about to become a bigger, hotter mess. We thought he was in deep doo-doo when he was jailed for strangling wife Brooke in Colorado. If it wasn’t dramatic enough that Brooke and Charlie are also both alleged crack heads in “prehab” … there’s more. Dum, dum, dum. An unnamed woman is coming forward to “tell all.” Oh my. After the jump, some bombshells that will supposedly come out during the trial. Keep reading »