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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: August 22, 2013 01:47 PM
From: Senator LeAnna M. Washington
To: All Senate members
Subject: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing October 2013 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.”

As a survivor of domestic violence, I have dedicated my career in public service to raising awareness to what I call the “big secret.” I believe it is our duty to raise public awareness of this epidemic and provide voices to those victims who feel powerless to escape the cycle of fear, shame, and violence cast by their abusers.

My resolution designates the month of October 2013 as “Domestic violence Awareness Month” and encourages all Pennsylvanians to learn more about the causes, signs, prevention, and treatment for domestic violence.

According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on any given day more than 2,597 domestic violence victims and their children require services from any one of the 61 agencies operating within the Commonwealth, leaving most emergency shelters at or near capacity.

Alongside this resolution, I am pleased to host the Run/Walk Against Domestic Violence. Now in its sixth year, the event will be held on Philadelphia’s West River Drive, on October 26, 2013. The Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence aims to raise awareness for Philadelphia’s only 24-hour, bilingual domestic violence hotline. I would like to invite all members of the Senate to join me this year to use their feet – and not just their vote – to raise awareness.

I invite you to join me in cosponsoring this worthy resolution and to make the trip to Philadelphia for the Run/Walk. If you have any questions, please contact my office.

Introduced as SR212