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11 Nov 2013

Thefts Boost Takoma Park Crime Rate

The reputation of Takoma Park as a relatively safe town for its residents may be under threat from incidents of theft that are driving up the crime rate.

11 Nov 2013

Latest FBI crime data for every Maryland city

Our look at crime in Tahoma Park, Md., was based on our analysis of the FBI’s 2012 Crime in the United States report. We downloaded the city-by-city data for Maryland and then used Excel to clean up the data and calculate crime rates.

10 Nov 2013

From pot to heroin, drug offenses soar

Drug violations in Ashland have more than doubled this year compared with 2012, and the variety of narcotics being recovered has local officials alarmed.

23 Oct 2013

Aggravated assaults at VCU jump 50%

The number of aggravated assaults on and around VCU’s two main campuses increased 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the university’s Police Department.

12 Oct 2013

Actually, UR’s crime rate tops VCU’s

The question sounds like a no-brainer: Which school has the higher crime rate — gritty-urban VCU or posh-bucolic University of Richmond? The answer is counterintuitive.

12 Oct 2013

How schools compare on crime

Here is our analysis of the data used in this report. The raw data came from the FBI; we downloaded it, cleaned it up and calculated crime rates.

11 Oct 2013

Crime down citywide but up near VCU

Overall crime in Richmond has dropped more than 3 percent this year, but it has increased in certain neighborhoods — especially around VCU’s two campuses.

11 Oct 2013

Compare Richmond’s neighborhood crime statistics

Here is the neighborhood-by-neighborhood crime data used in this report.

16 Nov 2011

A Steep Decline in Richmond’s Murder Rate

Richmond was once known as the murder capital of the United States. But in recent decades, murders in the city have fallen dramatically. And despite an uptick the past few years, Richmond likely will finish 2011 with one-fourth of the killings it had in 1994.

01 Aug 2011

SlutWalks Sweep the Globe in Their Fight Against Victim Blaming

By Elise Chretien On April 3, 2011, Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis had no idea what they were creating when they hosted the first SlutWalk in Toronto. Now, only three short months later, SlutWalks have spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities, half of which are major cities in the United States. When asked how it felt to watch […]

25 Jul 2011

“It’s almost like they have leprosy but all they have is poverty”

Ray Neblett returns to Gilpin Court to bring hope. The notorious housing project is one of Richmond’s toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Gilpin Court is also the city’s largest public housing project, with more than 2,000 residents.

20 Jul 2011

Reentry programs push for doors to open

By Zakia Williams RICHMOND, Va — For seven years Donna Hobson, 42, assisted clients in their recovery efforts from alcohol and substance abuse. She monitored client’s behavior and provided them with community resources. As a substance abuse counselor at The Healing Place in Richmond, she found joy in motivating others to overcome their addictions. “I […]

18 Jul 2011

New recovery center works the steps, aims to change the system

Brewer has been clean for almost four years and is now the senior peer leader at the Caroline County Recovery Center. The center – a partnership between Caroline County’s Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer and The McShin Foundation in Richmond – was established in February. It uses McShin’s model of peer recovery, where drug addicts help each other using 12-step based recovery.

11 Jul 2011

The Nation’s Battle Against Sexual Violence

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10 Jul 2011

The Road to Recovery

Take a look at the Google Map I created outlining different recovery resources in and around the Richmond area and how they contrast.

26 Jun 2011

VCU SAVES Offers Sexual Violence Prevention Education

A video by Elise Chretien on Richmond organizations fighting sexual violence and victim-blaming.

25 Oct 2010

Bullying and the Code of Silence

In movies, bullying is portrayed as a rite of passage. The older, bigger children taunt the younger ones, “toughing” them up and in the end the child usually turns out OK. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality in U.S. schools. According to the U.S. Justice Department one out of every four children in the U.S. is bullied each year. To combat the growing issue many states, including Virginia, have adopted strict laws to protect students.

25 Oct 2010

Homicides Decrease Despite Lagging Perceptions

The number of homicides in the city of Richmond have been on a gradual decline since 2004, according to data from the Richmond Crime Database. In a city that has seen widespread coverage of its violent crime problem, this continued decrease in murders comes as good news to police and citizens alike.

25 Oct 2010

Burglars Hitting College Neighborhoods

Next time you find yourself in North Highland Park, remember to lock your car doors behind you. Several Richmond neighborhoods have seen drastic increases in burglaries the past year. North Highland Park, Randolph, and Northern & Southern Barton Heights had the highest property crime increases since 2009.

25 Oct 2010

Fewer Arrests, But More Drug Offenses

VCU students were arrested and given judicial referrals 549 fewer times on both the Monroe and MCV campuses last year than in 2008, according to Clery data released by the VCU Police Department on Friday. That’s nearly half the weapon, drug and liquor-related offenses, from 1,288 to 739.