This month, President Barack Obama asks all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support efforts to assist those affected by the crime.
Obama signed a proclamation today marking October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He observed that one in four women and one in 13 men will experience domestic violence. The crime is still heavily under-reported, so the true figures are likely much higher. “My Administration is working not only to curb domestic violence, but to bring it to an end,” Obama said.
“…We are asking everyone to play an active role in preventing and ending domestic violence, by stepping up to stop violence when they see it. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit to making sure that no one suffers alone, and to assisting those who need help in reaching a safer tomorrow.”
Last year, the Obama Administration created the White House Council on Women and Girls to guarantee that women’s needs are considered in every piece of legislation. Federal agencies are offering programs on financial independence and legal representation for those who have been abused. And one aspect of The Affordable Care Act will ensure women receive domestic abuse screening and counseling at no additional cost. It also prevents insurance companies from considering domestic abuse as a pre-existing condition.
In addition, the White House appointed the first ever Advisor on Violence Against Women, Lynn Rosenthal. Vice President Joe Biden’s initiative “1is2Many” offers resources for teens, schools and parents on how to prevent sexual assault and dating violence.
Visit http://dvam.vawnet.org for information on local events related to this month’s cause. If you have questions about domestic violence or need assistance call 1-800-799-SAFE.