Closer Look: Domestic Violence Survivors, Resources and Prevention; Safety Suggestions for Young Athletes

(Left to Right) Charmagne Helton, Ulester Douglas, Alma Davis and Nancy Friauf talk about domestic violence as a part of "Closer Look's" National Domestic Violence Awareness Month coverage.
(Left to Right) Charmagne Helton, Ulester Douglas, Alma Davis and Nancy Friauf talk about domestic violence as a part of "Closer Look's" National Domestic Violence Awareness Month coverage.
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how Gwinnett County and state elections officials are asking a federal judge to clarify how they should confirm the identity of absentee voters whose signatures don’t match what’s on file. That’s after the judge ordered elections officials to accept absentee ballots and ballot applications. In total, more than 2,208 absentee ballots have been rejected statewide so far, some of them for signatures that don’t match government records. U.S. District Court Judge Leigh May says elections officials must accept absentee ballots as provisional ballots and give voters a chance to resolve signature issues. Today, Gwinnett County Elections Officials filed a  response saying they need more clarity on how exactly they’re expected to reconcile differing signatures. The Secretary of State’s office agreed with Gwinnett. Judge May is expected to amend the temporary restraining order based on the responses.
  • 1:54: From 2003 through 2016, at least 1,671 Georgians lost their lives due to domestic violence, according to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. And beyond those killed, there are many more victims of intimate partner violence each year. In fact, in 2015, law enforcement officers responded to 65,487 family violence incidents in Georgia alone. As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’ll hear about resources for victims, as well as prevention efforts. We’re joined by Nancy Friauf, president and CEO of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, and Ulester Douglas, executive director of Men Stopping Violence.
  • 23:26: According to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, more than 1 in 3 women (35.6 percent) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5 percent) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Our focus on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues with personal stories from survivors of domestic violence. We hear from Alma Davis, a survivor and founder and CEO of the Alma G. Davis Foundation, and Charmagne Helton, a survivor and former board member for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
  • 41:39: As football, cheerleading and other recreational sports gear up for kids this fall season, how can we ensure young players stay safe? One expert says his latest research shows that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12, nor train more hours per week then their age. Emory Sports Medicine physician Dr. Neeru Jayanthi joins us in the studio.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.