Domestic violence

Stalking 101

Stalking wasn't illegal in the United States until 1989. Cristen and Caroline outline the different forms of stalking, differences between male and female stalkers, and how stalking is a form of dating violence.

Domestic Violence Is a Workplace Issue

When victims decide to leave abusive relationships, it leave their employment in jeopardy. Should domestic violence leave, or "safe days," become a universal employment right?

Domestic Violence: 7 Important Facts

Many people probably aren't aware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence 101

Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. Cristen and Caroline uncover the cycle of domestic violence and manipulation that keeps female and male victims from leaving their partners and the long-term health impacts of this epidemic of abuse.

Does the Violence Against Women Act discriminate against men?

At face value, VAWA might seem like a no-brainer, bipartisan initiative to support, especially considering its background and stated intention. But nearly 20 years later, some conservative politicians and voters alike oppose reauthorization because they tend to disagree with the gendered nature of the legislation as well as its proposed $659 million price tag.

Where does "rule of thumb" come from? Not legalized wife beating.

In our episode on female astronauts, Molly and I perpetuated a myth during our listener mail segment. Say it ain't so! We read an email about the supposed etymology of the phrase "rule of thumb," linking it to an old law about wife beating. As the myth goes, "rule of thumb" relates to a British law, allowing a husband to beat his wife with a stick, as long as it isn't wider than the man's thumb.