Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is recognized every year in October.
"Every day women across our nation live in fear of being abused by a partner. One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in her life. Like a plague, this abuse affects women across all backgrounds. For years, the consequences of domestic violence were ignored or minimized. With this abuse currently taking an average of three women's lives per day in the United States, we cannot afford to be cast aside any longer.
"To help address this critical issue, I introduced a strong, comprehensive update of the Violence Against Women Act in March. This much-needed legislation would help reduce domestic violence among all women. Yet as with many other pieces of legislation vital to women, House Republicans have dismantled it. They went further to even draft and pass their own version which ignores entire groups of victims.
"Many in Congress use women's health and safety as a talking point in an effort to win political points with their base. Meanwhile, the lives of women are at risk. As a survivor of domestic violence, I understand the devastating effects this abuse can have. We must stop partisan bickering and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to protect all victims of domestic violence.
"This month, and throughout the year, let us empower others to join the fight against domestic violence."