Noting that domestic violence affects millions of American families each year, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today participated in the fifth annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event, which helps generate awareness for the silent victims of domestic violence. Bono Mack was joined by Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff, local law enforcement officers, community organizations and other local leaders in taking a stand against domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is a widespread problem that tragically affects millions of Americans each year," said Bono Mack. "As a nation and as a community, we need to step up to let these individuals know that they are not alone, and that there are resources and people out there who can help them face and overcome their situation. No one should have to live in fear in his or her own home."
Bono Mack notes that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men are abused by their partners at some point in their lives. Every year, between 3.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence.
"The physical, mental and emotional pain domestic violence inflicts can devastate entire families, and it is important that we take a strong stand against this crime and provide resources and help to those who are suffering from it.
"I applaud the many individuals who participated in this event. By working together - on every level - we can help stop the cycle of violence in our community."
Bono Mack has consistently supported funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation that provides extensive resources to fight against domestic violence and abuse.