ATLANTA (February 9, 2017) | Senator Elena Parent (D – Atlanta) Wednesday presented Senate Resolution 83, recognizing February 8, 2017, as Stop Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault against women are more common than many people think,” said Sen. Parent. “It is not an issue of race, ethnicity, age, culture, religion or sexual orientation. It is an issue of devastating emotional and physical trauma against women. I want to bring awareness to this epidemic sweeping our nation and state, and commend those men and women, professionals and volunteers, who work so hard to offer protection, guidance and encouragement to the victims of such horrible abuse.”
Sen. Parent was joined by dedicated professionals and volunteers with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault as she commended them for their work on this issue.
In 2015, Georgia’s law enforcement agencies reported over 65,000 incidents of family violence and the 46 certified domestic violence programs received over 44,000 crisis calls. In 2016, Georgia lost 121 lives due to domestic violence. Currently, Georgia ranks eighth in the nation for the rate of men killing women.
For more information on Stop Violence Against Women Day, follow the following link to Senate Resolution 83: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SR/83.
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For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2017
For Information Contact:
Ines Owens, Acting Director
Brittany Wagner, Communications Specialist