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By MARIE GILBERT | | January 14, 2011
The road from crisis to confidence isn't an easy one — not when you've dealt with years of broken bones, black eyes and a constant litany of verbal threats. It's a road that often takes a lot of twists and turns. But, often, the path leads to CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused). Here, victims hope to escape a life of uncertainty and beatings and break the cycle of domestic violence. They expect to be welcomed by a group of women who will offer support and counseling through a traumatic experience.
By DON AINES | August 27, 2010
A Pennsylvania man charged with breaking into a woman's house and assaulting her had his bail more than doubled Friday in Washington County District Court after Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said the man's behavior brought to mind past domestic violence cases that ended in murder. "The words of intent are what the state is really concerned with," Michael told District Judge Dana Moylan Wright at the bond review hearing for Jason Wayne Rudisill. "Like the state, I'm concerned about potential risk," said Wright, who raised Rudisill's bail from $350,000 to $750,000.
May 4, 2010
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman will address Shepherd University's class of 2010 at the school's May 15 commencement. Workman also will receive an honorary doctorate from the university. Workman became the first woman elected to the court in 1988 and the first woman elected to a statewide office. A native West Virginian, Workman received her law degree in 1974 from the West Virginia University College of Law. Her father was a coal miner whose ancestors were among the first settlers of Boone County.
By HEATHER KEELS | September 13, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- Shouts of "Go for it!" and "Good play!" rang out at the Pinesburg Softball Complex in Williamsport Sunday morning as softball players from all over the region supported each other -- and a cause -- at the 18th annual Run, Jane, Run women's softball tournament to benefit CASA, a local organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their families. The two-day tournament typically raises $20,000 to $25,000 in entry fees, sponsorships, concessions and donations for CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 16, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Proof that the Eastern Panhandle's Community Alternatives to Violence program works, in spite of a woeful lack of funds, is evident in the fact that of 54 clients who went through it at one time, only two returned. Those numbers showed up in a study of the program that was completed between 2002 and 2005. The program was created 13 years ago to curb domestic violence in the three-county region. Carolyn Zdziera, executive director of Community Alternatives to Violence, appealed to the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday to do again what it did in 2007 -- give $2,500 to her program.
May 5, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. and the Pauline Anderson Foundation awarded nearly $80,000 in grants Tuesday evening to nonprofits with innovative approaches to programs and activities addressing the strength, safety and security of families in Washington County. Emphasis was placed on programs that address child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and issues affecting the elderly.
May 3, 2009
Washington County Arts Council Janet Salter and Stuart Mullendore have joined the board of directors of the Washington County Arts Council. Prospect Cottage Jennifer "Jenna" Taylor , NCC, LGPC, recently joined the staff of Prospect Cottage as a professional mentalhealth counselor. Taylor will kick off her practice May 23 with a two-hour seminar titled "Baby Blues & Beyond: Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. " The seminar is at 2 p.m. at 113 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.
April 5, 2009
'Guys and Dolls' CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring High School Drama Club presents "Guys and Dolls. " 2 p.m. today. Clear Spring High School. $8; $6, students. 'Twelve Angry Jurors' Potomac Playmakers presents "Twelve Angry Jurors. " Ends today. Academy Theatre, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. $16; $14, students and seniors. For reservations, call 301-797-8182 or go to 'Exuviae' FREDERICK, Md. - "Exuviae" explores domestic violence through movement and text, celebrating the survivors who struggle to shed layers of fear, humilation and isolation.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 1, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said he is hopeful local judges will require some domestic abusers to be monitored with an electronic tracking system. A bill sponsored by Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, that would have allowed those who violate protective orders to be outfitted with global positioning satellite (GPS) tracking devices has been withdrawn. He said local judges still could require GPS tracking without legislation if someone violates a protective order.
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | March 26, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- At one point during a scene run for "Exuviae," the members of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre took turns posing questions to the audience. "Are there any guns in the home?" "Has he ever threatened to kill you or your children?" "Does he have a history of violence?" "Do you fear for your life?" The actors, all women, continued circulating more and more questions at a quickening pace until their voices overlapped like a cacophony of cicada chirps.
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