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Police communication gaps allow abuse suspects to avoid quick arrest

State law allows police to arrest accused domestic abusers without a warrant if there is sufficient evidence, such as a witness statement or a victim’s visible injuries. But a lack of communication among law enforcement agencies is allowing...

 

Courts rely on domestic abuse defendants' word for surrendering guns

Oklahoma judges order hundreds of defendants to surrender their firearms under victim protective orders every year. But the courts rely on defendants to voluntarily comply – an honor system that... Full story

 

Fewer Oklahoma women report pregnancy discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination stole the social media spotlight recently after questions arose over Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s account of being pushed out of a teaching job in the 1970s because she was pregnant.   Despite a...

 

Most domestic abusers defy court-ordered intervention

All Sean Jones had to do to avoid prison was to attend some domestic violence classes and check in with a probation officer once a month. Jones felt relieved as District Judge Kevin McCray approved a plea deal in an Oklahoma City courtroom last May....

 

Rape counts keep rising even as police clear fewer cases

The number of reported rapes and attempted rapes in Oklahoma climbed for the seventh consecutive year in 2018, reaching its highest level in at least 20 years, new data shows. But it’s unclear whether most of the increase came from a rise in...

 

In rural areas, a ceaseless struggle to get domestic abuse victims to testify

On a March morning in 2017, Tamera Moore, a 38-year-old woman living in the southeast Oklahoma town of Valliant, began the day with a bitter argument. She and her boyfriend, Geoffrey Briley, began quarreling and she told him she wanted to break up....

 
 By Whitney Bryen    Local    June 6, 2019

Strangulation of women is common, chilling – and often a grim harbinger

On a June night last year, an argument broke out at an Atoka County home. A woman’s teenage daughter was playing loud music, and her husband asked her to tell the daughter to turn the music off. The argument escalated, and the woman said her...

 

In unannounced move, Oklahoma jails begin collecting DNA from arrestees

With no announcement, Oklahoma jails are beginning to collect DNA from individuals arrested on felony charges – the first step in implementing a controversial state law passed two years ago. So far, hundreds of jail inmates have had the insides of...

 

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