WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) introduced H. Res. 594, to raise awareness and bring attention to domestic violence and its rampant presence in the United States. This bipartisan resolution was introduced during the month of October to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Since 1987, the month of October has been observed as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this time, organizations work to increase public awareness about domestic violence in our society as well as highlight efforts to assist and support victims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in her life. Additionally, according to the Department of Justice, one in fifteen children are exposed to domestic violence each year.
“Domestic violence is unacceptable in every form,” said Congressman Poe. “It is not just a family issue, and as a society we must decide that it will not be tolerated. As a former Judge, I saw many victims of domestic abuse come across my bench who experienced devastating effects after being harmed by the ones they loved. We must do everything in our power to put an end to this nightmare. I encourage Congress to stand up for victims of Domestic Violence not only during the month of October, but throughout the entire year.”