U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN
Washington (DC), Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H. Res. 817, a bill sponsored by U.S. Congressman Al Green (TX-09), which supports the goals and ideals of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month and expresses that Congress must continue supporting programs designed to eradicate it.
“I am proud to say this bill is a bi-partisan effort because domestic violence transcends party lines, ethnicity, gender, and the boundaries of human decency,” said Congressman Green on the floor of the House. In introducing the bill Congressman Green joined Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), and 57 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors.
Current statistics indicate more than three women are killed every day by their husbands or boyfriends and that one in every four women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime.
In spite of legislative successes such as the passing of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, Congressman Green expressed concern about the current lack of resources to fight the current situation.
“According to a survey from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, an average of 9,000 daily requests for help go unanswered due to lack of resources,” he pointed out, while he also detailed that 136 women were killed by their intimate partner in the state of Texas in 2008, according to the Houston Area Women’s Center.
According to Congressman Green, the United States has been at the forefront of passing laws combating domestic violence both at the federal and state level. He also thanked President Barack Obama for issuing a Proclamation declaring October 2009 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
“Nonetheless, our jobs are not done and we must rededicate ourselves to the goal of ending violence against women and helping heal the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families,” concluded Congressman Green.