Tag: Domestic violence



First court dog program serves victims of domestic violence

PENELOPE Pittsburgh, PA – In cooperation with Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen Zappala President Judge, Donna Jo McDaniel, and Honorable Anthony W. Saveikis, Crisis Center North (CCN) will launch Allegheny County’s first court dog program, serving victims of domestic violence. Victims often find that testifying against an abuser can be traumatizing and terrifying. In order to help ease the stress, CCN’s in-house therapy dog, Penelope, will be accompany survivors in magisterial courts as they go through the process of speaking with an advocate, police officer or court personnel.



Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law

BILL PASSES–House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Jim Abrams Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act.