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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 28, 2020 01:58 PM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Increasing Access to Domestic Violence Resources
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Additionally, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. Last year, 123 Pennsylvanian’s lives were cut short at the hands of domestic violence. This type of violence does not discriminate and can leave a lasting impact on not only our constituents, who we are sworn to protect, but also their children. To these victims, timing is critical. Access to a life-saving resources may provide the opportunity a victim needs to break free from their abuser.

Our citizens deserve to live their lives feeling safe and secure. That is why I plan to introduce legislation which would mandate the posting of domestic violence resources in health care facilities. Posting informative signage in health care facilities will help get life-saving information into the hands that need them most.

Domestic violence victims may not have many chances to be alone, without their abuser, and the confidentiality and privacy of a heath care office may be the only place where they can feel safe. Providing access to domestic violence resources while visiting the doctor’s office would remind victims that they can feel secure in opening-up to health care professionals, thereby possibly saving a life.

Intimate partner violence affects more than 12 million people each year. Our constituents deserve a safe place to call home and raise their families. As stewards of public safety, it is my hope that you will join me in this collective effort to protect all Pennsylvanians from domestic violence. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

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