The General Assembly’s Silence and Inaction on the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund Gravely Hurt Rhode Island Children
On June 9, advocates, survivors and community members will descend on the State House to recognize the 500 children who have been present at domestic violence arrests since H5651/S650 were heard in March.
Domestic violence is preventable, but immediate action must be taken to move on H5651/S650 and pass the bills into law.
[Providence – June 4, 2015] In the aftermath of two horrific domestic violence murders involving children and the realization of the 500 children present at domestic violence arrests1, it is unconscionable that there has been silence around the bills that could help prevent domestic violence and the many adverse outcomes for children who witness these crimes.
Domestic violence is a very real problem affecting all Rhode Islanders – a survivor helping to organize the June 9 event said that 4 of the 500 children are hers. Last Saturday, both she and her eight-year-old daughter were assaulted by her abuser. A neighbor called the police, and thankfully she and her daughter were safe in that instance, but she worries about the future safety and well-being of her children. That is why she is advocating for the passage of the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, a bill that would help prevent domestic violence from causing further harm to her children and so many others.
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