More than 10 million people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. each year.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical abuse by their partner.
Millions of children are exposed to domestic violence, causing long-lasting negative impacts on their emotional well-being, mental health, social interactions, and academic performance.
Simply put, millions of Americans live in silent fear each day in their own homes.
October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness about these horrendous crimes, support the victims, hold abusers accountable, and connect and unite individuals and organizations to continue efforts to stop the violence.
This legislative session, I was proud to co-author and support several new laws that will help make some progress in the fight against domestic violence.
- AB 689 (Co-Authored with Petrie-Norris): Comprehensive Statewide Domestic Violence Program - Requires the Office of Emergency Services that provides technical and financial assistance to local domestic violence centers to have twenty-four hour communication systems that go beyond telephone hotlines, by being capable of receiving text messages, have computer chat messaging, or other, nonverbal methods of receiving and sending messages.
- AB 277 (Valladares): Improves access to domestic violence protection programs for victims who do not speak English or Spanish by requiring application forms to also be provided in Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.
- AB 673 (Salas): Requires the state portion of any grant awards under the Comprehensive Statewide Domestic Violence Program to be paid at the beginning of the grant period, giving domestic violence shelters more money up-front so they can begin assistance immediately.
- SB 24 (Caballero & Rubio): Prevents abusers subject to a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) from tracking down victims via information from their children's essential care providers (daycare, healthcare, education, etc.).
It is important that we work together year-round, not only in October, to fight against domestic violence, support the survivors, and be a voice for its victims.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), Text “START” to 88788, or visit thehotline.org.