Posted on June 20, 2017
Laura's House to present at the 2017 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
We wanted to share some exciting news, that further supports our strides in innovation and effective programming!
We have been selected and will be presenting at the 2017 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in San Francisco this September. http://nchdv.org/
Both the Prevention & Education Department, for H.E.A.R.T. and DVAC, for our TREP Program were selected out of many applicants!
This is a tremendous honor and we are thrilled that Laura's House will be participating and sharing our insights, best practices and unique programming!
KUDOS to our entire team!
Posted on May 3, 2017
For the love of mothers, P.J. Salvage is donating cozy apparel to Laura's House this Mother's Day
Known for using luxury fabrics and chic patterns, P.J. Salvage transformed night wear into sleep to street wear. Paying meticulous attention to every detail, P.J. Salvage prides itself in superior quality, luxurious fabrics, celebratory fits, and modern style.
Posted on April 14, 2017
Posted on March 22, 2017
Our Corporate Partners like See Jane Go are truly making a difference in the lives of our clients, by partnering with us and helping to eradicate the obstacle of transportation. Below is a snippet from GirlTalkHQ.com's article 'The Rise Of Female Ride-Sharing Services Is A Wake Up Call About Women’s Safety In Public Spaces' about See Jane Go:
... Not only are they in the business of "transformation", as opposed to just transportation like other services, Kimberly says 2% of the company's revenue will go towards charities that support female empowerment. In January 2017 they announced a partnership with Laura's House, the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in South Orange County, according to a press release.
"We surveyed our entire female driver base to see which causes resonated with them and Laura’s House emerged as the clear choice for a non-profit alliance. One of the biggest safety issues that women can face is from their spouse or lover through domestic violence. At See Jane Go we are working to help women access the things they need for freedom, safety and empowerment, partnering with Laura’s house for our charitable giving is a powerful way to stay true to that promise,” said the co-founder William Jordan.
They will offer free rides to women who are part of Laura’s House, and use their revenue as a means to absorb the costs. It is partnerships like this that fundamentally address the issue of women’s safety in public, acknowledging that an unsafe cab ride is often the tip of the iceberg of other deeper, societal issues relating to gender violence.
With SafeHer on the East Coast, and See Jane Go on the West Coast with plans to expand, what we hope to see is major growth in the market, where emerging companies like these put the dominant companies like Uber and Lyft on notice that if they aren’t willing to address the fundamental problems within their own ranks, women will go elsewhere with their consumer dollars.
Posted on March 21, 2017
Laura’s House Legal Director, Adam Dodge, featured in SELF and participating in the discussion of ‘Revenge Porn’ and the role it plays in domestic violence cases. Below is an excerpt:
The agony of having your private photos made public.
The email looked like spam. It came from an anonymous address, and Ali*, 22, thought it surely meant nothing. But she clicked on it just to be sure. The email told her not to panic, but there were nude pictures of her on the internet. She frantically scrolled to see two links at the bottom of the email—one to a Tumblr page and one to a Flickr page. She clicked. Staring back at her on the sites: her own face, and the nude photos she’d sent her ex-boyfriend during their four-year relationship. The images she entrusted him to keep private were now uploaded publicly for more than 3 billion internet users to see. She panicked.
It takes four clicks on Facebook to upload a photo—less time than it might take someone to inhale and exhale. That's how quick and easy it is to share an explicit image of a person without his or her consent, maliciously robbing them of their privacy and turning their nude images into a form of internet pornography.
You've probably heard of revenge porn before, a term often used to refer to a type of online abuse known as nonconsensual pornography. Sometimes the perpetrators are strangers. Hackers made headlines in 2014 when they stole intimate images of actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence, and leaked them online. Often, the abusers are significant others, trusted individuals who use sensitive images as a way to harass past or current partners. Such was the case with Mischa Barton, whose ex-boyfriend allegedly filmed them having sex without her knowledge, via a hidden camera, and then tried to sell the video. Many women, like Ali, take and share personal photos with their partners, only to have those pictures used against them later as a means to intimidate, threaten, and assert control. Though it may not seem like it at first blush, revenge porn is an increasingly common form of domestic violence—one that can have a serious impact on a victim's mental health.