domestic violence

Thousands gather for Trooper Davis funeral

Jul 16, 2017
Sarah Harris

Thousands of law enforcement officials and community members gathered at Fort Drum Saturday afternoon to mourn the loss of New York State Trooper Joel Davis. Davis was responding to a domestic incident last week when he was shot and killed, allegedly by soldier Justin Walters. Walters was also charged with killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and shooting her friend Rebecca Finkle, who was treated and released from the hospital. Finkle's children were at the scene.

Funeral-goers mourned Trooper Davis’ passing and celebrated his life and service.

Evidence of troubled past for suspect in double murder

Jul 14, 2017
North Country Public Radio

Ft. Drum soldier Sgt. Justin Walters, who has been charged with murder in the deaths of his wife Nichole and New York State Trooper Joel Davis, had a troubling juvenile history in Holland, MI, where he was a student.

Jefferson County stunned by murders of young mother, trooper

Jul 11, 2017
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A Fort Drum soldier is being held in Jefferson County jail without bail on charges that he murdered his wife and a New York State trooper on Sunday night in the rural town of Theresa, NY.

State trooper, woman killed in Jefferson County

Jul 10, 2017
New York State Police

A state police trooper and a 27-year-old woman were killed Sunday night as part of an apparent domestic violence incident in Jefferson County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags on state buildings flown at half-mast in honor of Trooper Joel Davis.

The Cheektowaga man convicted of strangling his girlfriend, then setting her body on fire inside their home, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison, plus five years post-release supervision.

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Domestic violence occurs in every community no matter its faith or culture.

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The month of October is recognized nationwide as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, for the first time, Erie County Hall will mark the month by illuminating purple during evenings.


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An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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The investigation continues into what police are calling a murder-suicide in Orchard Park.


Often when a marriage or a relationship is falling apart, there is some form of domestic violence.

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One man is dead and an Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from injuries after a shootout in the early hours this morning.

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Many recent stories have placed the spotlight on the dangerous realities of domestic violence. Advocates on Monday paid honor to victims during a rally on the steps of Buffalo City Hall.

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Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

Tonawanda garden dedicated to domestic violence victims

Sep 15, 2014
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Construction of a ‘Tribute Garden’ in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is underway at Isle View Park. Local officials broke ground on the garden in Tonawanda on Monday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for programs and services that assist the victims of crimes.

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A roundtable discussion about domestic violence prevention took place in downtown Buffalo Friday. The meeting was hosted by Senator Mark Grisanti and the Family Justice Center of Buffalo.

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The Family Justice Center of Buffalo officially opened its new Williamsville satellite office Monday to reach domestic violence victims in the Northtowns.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the new safe haven will provide shelter for women and children seeking protection from an abusive situation.


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Family Justice Center of Buffalo hosts its annual Mosaic fundraising event in downtown Buffalo Thursday evening. Next month the organization will be opening another satellite home in the Northtowns.

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Legislation proposed in Albany could help victims of domestic violence. Under "Jackie's Law," using a GPS device to track people without their consent would be a criminal offense.

Women's groups rally support for Equality Act

Apr 4, 2013
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Women's coalitions held news conference all across New York State Thursday urging support for Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act.

Advocates and survivors of domestic violence are celebrating a victory today as President Obama has signed an expanded Violence Against Women Act.

Police in North Tonawanda are searching for a potentially dangerous man.

Ryan Carr is 25-years-old, is of average height and weight with short, brown hair and blue eyes. He is considered to be dangerous and is wanted on a number of outstanding warrants connected with domestic violence. A reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Tips may be phoned to 867 - 6161. Anyone who sees Carr is urged to call 911.
 

Despite the best efforts of experts, the problem of domestic violence doesn't seem to go away. Two recent high-profile cases highlight how the issue often has tragic implications.

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Wednesday marked "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence Day" in New York State.  In Buffalo, local domestic violence service providers gathered on the steps of City Hall to recognize the work against domestic violence.

Robyn Wiktorski-Reynolds is coordinator at Crisis Services.  She noted an 11-percent increase in domestic violence cases this year and believes there are more unreported cases.