Talaunja Eskridge, the executive director of the Domestic Violence Project, said she is working to ensure Oxford’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence remains open after the Secretary of State’s Office issued a “cease and desist” order Monday against the shelter for continuing to solicit donations. (March 29, 2011, Page 1)
A domestic violence-related bill was signed into law recently by Gov. Haley Barbour that will make it a misdemeanor criminal offense for someone to prevent a victim from seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance. (March 1, 2011, Page 1)
The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence will hold its regional Domestic Violence Shelter Programs Training Institute for member shelter programs in northern Mississippi in Oxford this weekend.
Martha Crawford, victim advocate at the Domestic Violence Project in Oxford, said she’s looking forward to the training event that will be held Thursday and Friday at The Inn on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 23, 2010, Page 3A)
When there’s a domestic assault involving the use of hands — smacking, kicking or hitting — the abuser is generally charged with simple assault. When a weapon of any kind is involved, the abuser can be charged with aggravated assault which is a felony offense.
A new bill signed by Gov. Haley Barbour now allows strangulation to be considered an aggravated assault. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)