Senator Boxer:  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month   

Tuesday, September 30, 2008  

Dear Friend:

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  Commemorated in October each year, DVAM recognizes the ongoing need to raise awareness about the violence that takes place every day in homes across America.

Domestic violence affects all of us and can strike anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status or education level.  In times of economic difficulty, like the ones we are experiencing now, incidents of domestic violence tend to increase, as financial hardship often correlates with greater incidents of domestic violence in the home. 

The impact that domestic violence has on children is particularly dire, as violence learned in the home is often acted out in schools and our communities, negatively affecting the safety and health of all community residents.

I have worked to end domestic violence as long as I have been a member of Congress.  I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of the bill that designated October as “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” and I introduced the Domestic Violence Identification and Referral Act to provide funding to schools for health professionals who work to prevent domestic violence. 

In addition, at the request of Senator Joe Biden, I introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) while in the House, and I helped get it passed and signed into law after being elected to the Senate.  VAWA toughened laws against perpetrators and continues to provide funding for campus safety, battered women’s shelters, and training programs for law enforcement to identify and better understand cases of domestic violence.

I commend the tireless efforts of those who work every day to end violence. I will continue to work to end domestic violence as long as I am in the United States Senate.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer