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In 2018, 88 Oklahomans were killed by domestic abusers.
Courtesy of the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

The novel coronavirus is a germy wrench stuck in the gears of domestic violence advocacy programs across the state.

Measures taken to escape Covid-19 have made it harder for some domestic violence victims to find safety from their abusers. Victim advocates also fear they may experience more severe violence in their isolation.

A man hangs his head during a batterer intervention class at Catalyst in Oklahoma City. The 52-week program is an alternative to prison ordered by the court for some of Oklahoma's domestic abusers.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A bill that would add four domestic violence offenses to the state’s list of violent crimes is headed for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk, and indications are he will sign it.

Jessica Collett, assistant sexual assault nurse examiner coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center in Norman, demonstrates the dangers of strangulation on a mannequin head.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

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 husband “put both hands around her neck and choked her” so that “she felt her body being lifted off of the ground by her neck,” a court affidavit said.

domestic violence free zone
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A federal grant of more than $1.3 million has been awarded to Oklahoma to support domestic violence victims in the state and the organizations that support them.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration through the Children and Families Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.

The Ray Rice video will affect how colleges handle players who are involved with domestic issues. University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted to Sports Illustrated that the school probably would not have admitted star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was kicked out of Missouri for alleged violence against his girlfriend, if the decision had to be made today.