The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner violence (IPV) homicide of Tawnee Maria Baird, age 21, in Ogden, Utah that occurred on Saturday, October 18th. According to local media sources, Baird and her partner of five years, Victoria Ashley Mendoza, age 22, were driving home from visiting friends when an argument in the car escalated. They pulled into a parking lot where Mendoza then stabbed Baird to death. Mendoza was arrested, and is being held pending homicide charges.
This October, The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) stands in solidarity with survivors and victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) in commemorating the 27th annual Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month. During this month, NCAVP raises awareness about this form of violence within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected communities and calls for an end to intimate partner violence.
NCAVP's 2013 report on intimate partner violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people in the United States was released October 15, 2014.
AVP has learned of an anti-gay hate violence attack that occurred on Monday, October 13th on Washington Avenue near Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights Brooklyn. According to media sources, a 33-year-old man was followed into his apartment building and attacked with a hammer by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. At this time, the suspect remains at large. The survivor was treated for injuries and then released.
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