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 »
A few weeks ago, whispers started that The New York Times was about to publish an expose on New York Governor David Patterson. Given all the political sex scandals in recent years, people’s minds went to the gutter. Rumors swirled that he’d been “snuggling” with another woman in a utility closet. But the scandal the Times was charting has nothing to do with sex—instead, it has to do with Patterson trying to cover for his longtime top aide, David Johnson, who’s been accused of beating up his girlfriend on Halloween night. Sherr-una Booker claims that Johnson choked her, ripped off her clothing, and smashed her into a mirror. Keep reading »
Crystal Gail Mangum really knows how to stir up trouble. In case you don’t remember her, she is the stripper who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape back in 2006. Yeah … rape is not really the kind of thing to lie about. The case caused such a stir that the Durham District Attorney lost his job over it. Apparently Crystal didn’t learn her lesson, because she is in trouble with the law yet again. And this time it’s for the attempted murder of her boyfriend. Keep reading »
This week I went to a Mark makeup event in Soho and saw two important things (among others): this new PSA on preventing violence against women and Mark’s spokesperson, Lauren Conrad, in the flesh. (Regarding the latter, she is one of those celebs who’s even cuter in real life!) The presentation also introduced a new m.powerment by Mark launch, a pretty Have A Heart bracelet — available here for $12. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds are funneled into their fund to help spread awareness and eradicate dating abuse and partner violence. So check it out. [Meet Mark] Keep reading »
You know what sitcom star trend must stop, instantly? Domestic violence. Following in Charlie Sheen’s not-so-shiny footsteps, Gary Coleman of “Diff’rent Strokes” was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend in Utah. He and wife Shannon Price, who he met on the set of a movie called “Church Ball,” have a history of issues—they appeared on “Divorce Court” in 2008 to air their grievances and, in 2009, Shannon was picked up for DV. Coleman was apparently arrested in the incident as well, and was cited, but never appeared in court—meaning there was a warrant out for his arrest. So when the police were called to their house again over a “domestic disturbance,” he was carted off to jail. And he’s still there, awaiting a $1,725 bail. Last night, he apparently had a hot dog and chili for dinner? Let’s just hope Webster isn’t next. [People, TMZ] Keep reading »
The 54-year-old mother of “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham was arrested over the weekend for allegedly choking and hitting Farrah while the two argued over childcare. Debra Danielson is now facing domestic abuse/serious assault charges. The two were arguing when Debra threw an MTV T-shirt that landed “on or near” Farrah’s infant, Sophia. That’s when Farrah went off on her mother, who allegedly retaliated by grabbing her daughter’s throat. When Farrah pushed her mother’s hand away, Debra reportedly struck her on the right side of her mouth and head. The police in Council Bluffs, IA, observed several cuts on the right side of Farrah’s lips. [TMZ, PopEater] Keep reading »
On Christmas night, I sauntered into the kitchen to pour myself a glass of milk when my dad turned away from the TV to tell me that Charlie Sheen had been arrested for domestic violence. A major TV star? Domestic violence on Christmas? Zut alors! Blogger Jessica sprang to action: I hit up TMZ and typed out a post as quickly as I could. This will be huge, I thought.
It was all for naught, though. The Charlie Sheen story never became a Really Big Deal like the Tiger Woods scandal did. Maybe Woods’ established good-guy reputation is more fun to rip apart and all the mistresses are dishier. Or maybe Sheen’s lawyers really were successful in their effort to keep Brooke Mueller quiet and the controversy has been muffled into submission. (Last we heard, Mueller’s lawyers said the two just had a “bad night”—um, my bad nights don’t involve death threats!) Or maybe the nation just has Charlie Sheen Is A Douche fatigue.
But I don’t: Sheen allegedly held a knife to his wife’s throat and threatened to kill her—and he’s been convicted of physically abusing a girlfriend in the past. And yet the public reaction isn’t even one-tenth as much as the Tiger Woods scandal reaction. Since when is cheating worse than beating? Keep reading »
Police have released Brooke Mueller’s 911 call, in which she alleges that her husband, Charlie Sheen, had a knife and threatened to kill her. In addition, police have also given more details about the incident — according to Mueller’s initial statement, she and Sheen got into a fight when she said she wanted a divorce. According to TMZ, Mueller said:
“Sheen became enraged, grabbed her by the upper part of her throat while straddling her on the bed. She says Sheen then pulled out a knife and held it to her throat, saying, ‘You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you … Your mother’s money means nothing. I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done and they won’t leave any trace.’”
Sheen was arrested at the scene, and while he acknowledges the couple was fighting over Mueller wanting a divorce, he denies he ever threatened Mueller with a knife. He also said that Mueller abuses alcohol — Mueller was intoxicated the morning of the incident. While all of the charges against Sheen have yet to be proven, Mueller’s 911 call certainly is upsetting — she’s crying and sounds terrified. Given Sheen’s past history of domestic violence, we just hope these two go their separate ways at the very least. [TMZ] Keep reading »