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More Violence, Or Vigilance? Reports Of Domestic Abuse Are Rising In Fresno

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Kerry Klein
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Nicole Linder is the Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center, a Fresno non-profit that offers housing and services to survivors of domestic violence.

The California Report recently reported on a 2013 case of domestic violence in which the alleged abuser was a Clovis police officer. Though that particular instance occurred six years ago, domestic violence remains commonplace in the San Joaquin Valley—in fact, local law enforcement agencies warned in May that cases appear to be increasing. The warning came after a Fresno nurse was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend.

One organization on the front lines of domestic violence is the Marjaree Mason Center, a Fresno non-profit offering services and safe houses for survivors. In this interview, Executive Director Nicole Linder speaks about what’s been happening lately, why law enforcement and communities like hers are so concerned, and what some local groups are doing to address and prevent domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, you can call the Marjaree Mason Center’s 24-hour, confidential hotline, 559-233-4357 (HELP), or the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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