domestic violence

Despite PPO, Rep. Marino is still allowed in Capitol, House Office Building

BY: - September 21, 2021

After state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) allegedly told Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) that he was making it his “life mission to destroy you” and he hoped her car exploded on her way to work, the Democratic lawmaker said she is deeply concerned for her well-being and is terrified to be in the same building […]

Rep. Manoogian secures PPO against Rep. Marino

BY: - September 18, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who this week accused Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) of domestic violence, has secured a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against him. The order was issued Friday by 30th Circuit Judge Lisa McCormick. Both are on the floor for House sessions and each have offices in the House Office Building. House […]

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]


Column: Community is the only way to help Michigan kids

BY: - September 2, 2021

Child abuse and neglect are not a family or household problem. They’re not a racial, political or socioeconomic problem. They’re an every-community problem. If an entire community is unable to coalesce around the safety and well-being of all children, the health of the community suffers. Left unchecked, maltreatment of even a single child can come […]

Former Michigan senator, Ag director pleads ‘no contest’ to domestic violence

BY: - March 22, 2021

Updated, 9:32 p.m., 3/22/21, 12:04 p.m., 3/23/21 with comments from Irwin’s attorney Mitchell Irwin, a Democratic former state senator, state Agriculture director and Department of Technology, Management and Budget director, has entered a “no contest” plea to a single misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in 15th District Court. He faces a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.  […]

Abuse survivors, people of color face unique barriers in wearing masks

BY: - May 27, 2020

There is no criminal penalty for failing to wear a face mask in public spaces in Michigan, but businesses and venues can refuse people entrance without one, per Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mask order that went into effect late in April.  State and federal health officials have stressed that face masks can help prevent the spread […]

Child abuse and neglect worsens in Michigan, causing major worries during COVID-19 

BY: - April 29, 2020

In almost every county in the state, the number of children subject to abuse and neglect has increased, according to a new report by the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). From 2010 until 2018, the most recent year of data, the number of children in families investigated for abuse or […]

Resources available for domestic, sexual violence survivors amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 9, 2020

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 855-VOICES4, is still operating 24/7 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Providing support for Michigan’s survivors of sexual assault is an essential service that remains in place during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The hotline was launched in 2018 to provide immediate crisis counseling […]

What happens behind closed doors? Social isolation during COVID-19 endangers domestic abuse survivors.

BY: - March 24, 2020

People in Michigan and across the country are following health officials’ warnings and staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, behind closed doors, domestic and sexual violence survivors might be in greater danger, shut in with their abusers. If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources: Safe House Center 24/7 […]

Lawrence, Dingell march to McConnell’s office to demand votes on equal pay, domestic violence bills

BY: - December 11, 2019

Two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), on Wednesday were among the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) members who marched to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. They hand-delivered a letter signed by 84 congresswomen demanding that the Kentucky Republican take up bipartisan legislation, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization […]

Advocates push to outlaw child marriage in Michigan, citing sexual abuse concerns

BY: - December 5, 2019

The state Legislature has yet to take up a bipartisan bill package that would outlaw child marriages by raising the minimum age to get married to 18 years old.  State Reps. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) and Kara Hope (D-Holt) introduced the three-bill package on Jan. 9, the first session day of 2019.  “On […]

State lawmakers introduce bills to protect survivors of domestic violence

BY: - October 23, 2019

Domestic and sexual violence survivors could gain increased protections at work and home from a bill package introduced Wednesday by members of the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus.  At a news conference on Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, members of the caucus and sponsors of the bills gathered to explain the need for new laws […]