Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

August-27-02

Philadelphia Judge Stands Tough Against Domestic Violence

A Philadelphia judge took a stand against domestic violence recently when he sentenced a man to 11-22 years in prison for the all too common crime of assaulting his wife. Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford Means gave Darryl Blackwell the maximum possible sentence for 12 misdemeanors by stacking the penalties for each charge back to back. Typically, misdemeanors such as those of which Blackwell was found guilty garner sentences of no longer than two years. "I think that finally somebody was able to see the big picture," Assistant District Attorney Gina Smith told the Philadelphia Tribune. "If you looked at the entire evolution of this, it represented a very scary situation."

Blackwell began assaulting his wife, Ari Cohen-Blackwell just two months after their wedding. Blackwell allegedly beat Cohen-Blackwell on several occasions - at one point she was admitted to the hospital for compressed vertebrae in her back and swelling on her head - and raped her twice. He also threatened her family and threatened her own life he even left a body bag in her car. Although arrested several times and given court orders prohibiting him from contacting Cohen-Blackwell, Blackwell repeatedly posted bail and violated the court orders. Finally, after holding Cohen-Blackwell hostage and raping her Blackwell was arrested and charged with rape and 13 other charges from four prior incidents. This time, Means ordered Blackwell be held on a $50,000 bail. A jury then found Blackwell guilty of the assault charges and not guilty of the rape charges.

Domestic violence and intimate partner violence remain an epidemic in the United States. According to a Department of Justice study released in October 2001, close to one-third of women in the US who are murdered each year are killed by their current or former partners, usually a husband. Approximately 1 million women annually report being stalked. In 1999, more than 85 percent of the 800,000 reports of intimate partner violence were committed against women.

LEARN MORE Domestic Violence Hotlines and Resources

TAKE ACTION Stop Violence Against Women

Media Resources: Philadelphia Tribune 8/25/02; Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office Website


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

11/21/2014 STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds President's Executive Order on Immigration - Statement from Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president: "The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds President Obama for taking much needed executive action to help fix our broken immigration system that has for too long torn hardworking families apart. . . .
 
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .
 
11/21/2014 UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan - United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo's third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by presidential decree in 2009 as "a key step towards the elimination of violence against women and girls."EVAW criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women - including rape, child and forced marriage, domestic violence, trafficking, and forced self-immolation - and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .