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In Hard Times, Shelters Empty Beds, Raise Funds

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOMENSENEWS)–Diane Vollmar’s abuser put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. When the gun jammed, she pushed it away and, in the ensuing struggle, he fired a shot into the floor....

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Pregnant Woman’s Right to Divorce Sparks Battle

SPOKANE, Wash. (WOMENSENEWS)–Shawna Hughes, 27, holds 3-week-old Jasmine to her breast while herding her two boys, ages 3 and 5, downstairs to play at her apartment here. Hughes, a victim of physical...

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Shen Takes Lid off Rape

TACOMA, Wash. (WOMENSENEWS)–Two weeks ago, Emmy award-winning journalist Molly Shen was one of several speakers at a candlelight vigil in Everett, Wash., recognizing sexual assault victims. For once...

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Streets May Be Safer, But Relationships? Not

PORTLAND, Ore. (WOMENSENEWS)–The homicide patterns of this city appear to be mirroring a national trend. Here, the Oregonian newspaper reported recently that homicides in 2009 declined to the lowest...

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Oregon Officer Wife-Abuse Probe Preceded Killings

PORTLAND, Ore. (WOMENSENEWS)–The suicide-killing rampage by an Oregon sheriff’s officer last February leaves questions about why early warning signs in 2009 went unheeded. A particular matter of...

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Police Drag Heels on Officers’ Domestic Abuse

(WOMENSENEWS)–"Deaths of Maine Cop, Wife Were Murder-Suicide." "Police Officer Arrested for Attempted Murder of Ex-Girlfriend." "Lieutenant’s Death Ruled a Suicide; Girlfriend’s a Homicide." "Cop’s...

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Trailblazing State Law on Human-Traffic Bogs Down

SEATTLE (WOMENSENEWS)–King County prosecutors here in Seattle partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District in 2009 to charge 10 members of a violent street gang with recruiting...

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For Cashier, the Deal is A-OK at Trader Joe’s

  Carolynn Nielsen is a cashier at Trader Joe’s.  Credit: Judith Spitzer. SPOKANE, Wash. (WOMENSENEWS)–Among U.S. women working as cashiers–the lowest paying of the 20 most common female...

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