This past October 27th the unimaginable happened! For the first time ever, a United States president spoke up about Domestic Violence! Where? How? you might be asking yourself. Through an event held at the white house in which leaders across the nation where gathered to hear our national leader speak out about this prevalent societal problem.
Some of the initiatives highlighted during the event demonstrate a broad, comprehensive response to reducing violence against women. Specifically, these concrete actions include steps to:
- Protect Children and Break the Cycle of Violence
- Improve Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Increase Sexual Assault Arrests and Successful Prosecutions
- Help Victims Regain Housing and Financial Independence
Obama stated in this event:
Those are just a few of the steps we’re taking. But the bottom line is this: No one in America should live in fear because they are unsafe in their own home – no adult, no child. And no one who is the victim of abuse should ever feel as though they have no way to get out. We need to make sure that every victim of domestic violence knows that they are not alone; that there are resources available to them in their moment of greatest need. As a society, we need to ensure that if a victim of abuse reaches out for help, we are there to lend a hand.
Sojourn Agrees with and applauds the Obama administration for fighting for the protection, safety and rights of battered women and children.