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Targeted Podcast True Crime Domestic Violence

Nov 20, 2018

Years ago Tracey Thurman said, “It wasn’t a personal attack on me on the part of the police.  They just weren’t trained for that back then. 

As I read that statement, it made me wonder, yet again, how much have we learned since then?  Have we been able to change our thinking and become better advocates for targets...


Nov 13, 2018

Twenty-nine years ago, in fall of 1989, NBC aired a TV movie that was so impactful that people who saw it then still remark on the effect it had on them.  It was Tracey Thurman’s story, called “A Cry for Help, starring Nancy McKeon as Tracey and Dale Midkiff as Buck.

I recently watched the movie with two fellow...


Nov 6, 2018

In December of 1990, Tracey Thurman came to Washington DC to testify before a Senate Hearing.  Then-Senator Joe Biden of Delaware invited her to testify as Congress considered a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to address widespread intimate partner violence and a lack of resources for victims.

Although bitterness...


Oct 30, 2018

Police were annoyed in the 1980s because they felt like they were being asked to be social workers.  It took legislators to change the law enforcement practices (and hopefully, attitudes) with laws designed to require arrests for those accused of domestic violence.  

The consequences of the new laws took some...


Oct 23, 2018

“Whatever happens, happens. But it was worth doing even if we lose the case.  The City of Torrington will be more careful next time.”  Burton Weinstein, lawyer for Tracey Thurman

In June of 1985, Tracey sued the City of Torrington, and its police officers, for $3.5 million dollars.   

This was landmark case, as it...