On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, following a request from Congressman Al Green (TX-09), the House of Representatives conducted a special-order session to examine the issue of domestic violence in our nation. Eight members of Congress participated in the hour-long, bipartisan special-order session, including Congressman Ted Poe and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
During his remarks in support of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congressman Al Green stressed the need for Congress to maintain support for initiatives and existing programs, as well as legislation, which are aimed at ending domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue in our country that threatens the stability of our families and communities,” Congressman Al Green said. “We have a responsibility to prevent perpetrators from committing deviant and violent acts against their families.”
Congressman Al Green introduced a resolution earlier in the week to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is Congressman Al Green’s third time introducing a resolution on this important issue. Congressman Ted Poe is an original cosponsor of the resolution.
Since 1987, the month of October has been observed as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this time, the efforts of many committed organizations are highlighted to increase public awareness of domestic violence and the needs of battered women and children.
A 2012 National Census Survey reported that 64,324 domestic violence victims were served by domestic violence shelters and programs around the country in a single day. Despite the prevalence of domestic violence, shelters and programs report an 80% cut in federal and state funding.
“We must rededicate ourselves to the goal of ending violence against women and helping heal the lives of domestic violence survivors as well as their families,” Congressman Al Green said. “The impact of domestic violence is too pervasive. This issue affects women and men in all communities, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, nationality, educational background, and socioeconomic status. This is why combating domestic violence should be a universal priority.”