Feinstein, Murkowski Introduce Resolution Supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October. The resolution would raise further awareness about the ongoing problem of domestic violence in the United States and the struggles survivors face, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month encourages survivors to share their stories so that others will know they are not alone,” said Senator Feinstein. “This is particularly important right now, when the pandemic has left so many feeling isolated. Silence only allows the cycle of abuse to continue. I hope our resolution will show more survivors of domestic violence that they aren’t alone and should feel comfortable coming forward so their abusers can be held accountable.”

“Domestic violence is rampant in Alaska with statistics that are completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, isolation measures and increased stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic have only increased the reports of domestic violence in my state,” said Senator Murkowski. “Creating lasting policy changes to help put a stop to assault and abuse has long been a priority of mine. I’m proud to join Senator Feinstein on this resolution to bring awareness to the challenges we continue to face in this arena, and also to acknowledge the strength, bravery and resilience of domestic violence survivors.” 

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

Excerpts of the Resolution: 

  • According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, up to 12,000,000 individuals in the United States report experiencing intimate partner violence annually, including physical violence, rape, or stalking.
  • More than 160 States, counties, and cities have experienced an increase in reports of domestic violence during the COVID–19 pandemic.
  • Domestic violence programs and hotlines have seen a substantial increase in contacts since the beginning of the COVID–19 pandemic and are expecting a surge in requests for services when social distancing is no longer necessary.
  • Congress has remained committed to protecting survivors of all forms of domestic violence and sexual abuse by making Federal funding available to support the activities that are authorized under— the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Congress should continue to raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States; and the corresponding devastating effects of domestic violence on survivors, families, and communities. It should pledge continued support for programs designed to assist survivors of domestic violence, hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable, and bring an end to domestic violence.
  • The Senate commends domestic violence victim advocates, domestic violence victim service providers, crisis hotline staff, and first responders serving victims of domestic violence, for their compassionate support of survivors of domestic violence.

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