H.J.Res.178 - Designating October 1993 and October 1994 as "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month".103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-28] (Introduced 04/19/1993)|
|Committees:||House - Post Office and Civil Service | Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/27/1993 Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Referred in Senate (10/27/1993)
[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.J. Res. 178 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 103d CONGRESS 1st Session H. J. RES. 178 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES October 27 (legislative day, October 13), 1993 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ JOINT RESOLUTION Designating October 1993 and October 1994 as ``National Domestic Violence Awareness Month''. Whereas it is estimated that a woman is battered every 15 seconds in America; Whereas domestic violence is the single largest cause of injury to women in the United States, affecting 6,000,000 women; Whereas rural and urban women of all racial, social, religious, ethnic, and economic groups of all ages, physical abilities and lifestyles are affected by domestic violence; Whereas increasing evidence indicates that there are large numbers of immigrant women trapped in violent homes, isolated by abusive spouses who use the threat of deportation to maintain power and control over them; Whereas violence escalates in both frequency and severity over time, becoming greatest at and after separation, when women are 75 percent more likely to be killed; Whereas 40 percent of female homicide victims in 1991 were killed by their husbands or boyfriends; Whereas in 1991, at least 21,000 domestic crimes against women were reported to the police each week; Whereas one-fifth of all reported aggravated assaults--assaults where the victim suffered serious bodily injury--occur in domestic violence situations; Whereas 74 percent of employed battered women are harassed by their abusive partners at work, causing 54 percent to miss at least 3 full days of work a month and 20 percent to lose their jobs; Whereas 35 percent of medical emergency visits by women are the result of domestic violence, and 25-45 percent of all battered women are battered during pregnancy; Whereas one-third of the domestic violence incidents involve felonies such as rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; Whereas in 50 percent of families where the wife is being abused, the children of that family are also being abused; Whereas some individuals in our law enforcement, medical, religious, mental health, and judicial systems continue to think of spousal abuse as a ``private'' matter and are hesitant to intervene and treat domestic assault as a crime; Whereas in 1991 over 450,000 women, plus their children, were provided emergency shelter in domestic violence shelters and safehomes; Whereas 40 percent of women in need of shelter may be turned away due to lack of shelter space; Whereas the nationwide efforts to help the victims of domestic violence need to be expanded and coordinated; Whereas there is a need to increase the public awareness and understanding of domestic violence and the needs of battered women and their children; and Whereas the dedication and successes of those working to end domestic violence and the strength of the survivors of domestic violence should be recognized: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That each of the months October 1993 and October 1994 is designated as ``National Domestic Violence Awareness Month''. The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe this month by becoming more aware of the tragedy of domestic violence, supporting those who are working to end domestic violence, and participating in other appropriate efforts. Passed the House of Representatives October 26, 1993. Attest: DONNALD K. ANDERSON, Clerk.