domestic violence

Renee Sotile

Wednesday marks 25 years since the murders of Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Nicole was a longtime victim of domestic violence by her husband, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. So as this anniversary approached, producers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges released a call-to-action video entitled "I Remember Nicole," much of it filmed in Western New York. They talked again with WBFO's Marian Hetherly from California.


"I Remember Nicole"

It may be hard to believe, but it has been 25 years since the murder of Nicole Simpson, a longtime victim of domestic violence by her husband, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. A music video - with Western New York roots - has been produced as a call-to-action anthem, marking the anniversary.

New York State Office of Victim Services

New state legislation expanding benefits for New York crime victims is now in effect.

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Police in Hamburg are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a young couple.

City of Tonawanda Police

A City of Tonawanda couple are in the Erie County Medical Center Burn Unit Tuesday after what police say was a domestic dispute.

WNED-TV

Starting a conversation with a loved one you see in an abusive relationship is a difficult task. It can be even harder when that loved one is young. That’s why the Family Justice Center is launching a new campaign to help provide resources guiding adults who are looking to help teenagers in abusive relationships.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

A former Erie County Sheriff's deputy has been sentenced in Erie County Court to five years in prison, plus three years of post-release supervision, for his role in assaulting the mother of his youngest child.

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

More than 200 professionals from criminal justice, child welfare, victim advocacy, mental health and education are expected at Tuesday's 20th Annual Family Violence Conference in Niagara Falls.  The goal is to share best practices for minimizing trauma suffered by survivors and families.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Agencies working to protect victims of domestic violence in Erie County are gaining financial support with a grant from the federal government.


A former corrections officer has pleaded guilty to attempting to fatally stab his ex-girlfriend.

Town of Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Town Councilman James Rogowski has pleaded guilty to violating a no-contact order of protection.

Nancy Fischer / WBFO

Victims of domestic abuse have to confront a wide range of emotions when they seek help. And those emotions can intensify when they take the first steps to prosecute an abuser. But Buffalo-area groups like the Family Justice Center can provide support. WBFO’s Nancy Fischer has more about the center and its expansion plans.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

It was emotional for immigrants’ rights advocates to talk about a family they knew well. Supporters of the family of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, an undocumented farm worker found dead on a farm in Wayne County last month, met with reporters Tuesday.

New York State Attorney General's Office

Seven female Republican state senators say some good could come out of the fall of former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

New legislation is advancing through Albany to help victims of domestic violence escape unhealthy relationships.


NYS AG Office

Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a longtime champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.


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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is the latest high-profile male to face accusations of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo era. An article published in The New Yorker Monday night cited four women alleging a pattern of physical and verbal abuse.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that expands the confiscation of guns from individuals convicted of domestic violence cases. While some, including the Erie County District Attorney, welcome the updated legislation, others are raising questions about the governor's history with gun rights issues.


Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that would temporarily take away the guns of people accused of domestic violence.

A new audit is raising concerns about New York state's oversight of domestic violence shelters.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the New York State Assembly Minority Conference were in Buffalo Friday morning, announcing the release of their new report on domestic violence. They also explained what they'd like to see accomplished next, including increased services for victims and broader guidelines and definitions for those who prosecute such cases.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Reaching back half a century to Martin Luther King Jr., economic activists have revived King's Poor People's Campaign with the Truth Commission on Poverty.

Jamestown Police

Authorities say a woman is in critical condition after being set on fire by a man.

The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force all regularly fail to submit required crime data to the FBI for inclusion in national databases, but the Air Force has shown improvement over the past several years, according to a new report released by the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Being a victim of domestic violence is challenging enough, but fighting it through the court system can sometimes add unwanted stress to the situation. An agency in Erie County is helping victims fight for the justice and protection they need while spending minimal time in the courtroom.


Erie County District Attorney's Office

There was a purple light on the side of old Erie County Hall Tuesday night, a sign to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence during the month of October.

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
Used with permission of her family.

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.

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