Today in Framingham, U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his sister, Leeann Riley, participated in a private tour of a shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as a roundtable discussion with victims' rights advocates. Senator Brown held a press conference afterward to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), drawing on his own experience as a youngster growing up with physical abuse in the home.
"As tough as it is too see women in our community suffering this kind of trauma, it's good to know that we have so many dedicated advocates working every day to help them heal," said Senator Brown. "What's important today is to get a message out to those currently living in a violent home that they are not alone and that support groups and shelters are available. It's moving to see how the Violence Against Women Act has made a real difference, and I let everyone know that I will work hard to get this bill passed."
Also today, Senator Brown penned an op-ed for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about his experience with domestic violence and how VAWA provides resources for law enforcement and advocates to assist victims.
Earlier this week, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about reauthorizing VAWA.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is (800) 799-SAFE.
Jane Doe Inc.'s 24-hour hotline is (877) 785-2020 and their website is www.janedoe.org.