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SR-8 (2013-2014)

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Enrolled  February 12, 2013
Passed  IN  Senate  February 11, 2013
Amended  IN  Senate  January 31, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution No. 8


Introduced by Senators Yee, Corbett, Evans, Galgiani, Hancock, Jackson, Liu, and Wolk

January 09, 2013


Relative to violence against women


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 8, Yee.

WHEREAS, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was developed with the input of advocates from around the country and from all walks of life, and addresses the real and most important needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. VAWA is responsive, streamlined, and constitutionally and fiscally sound, while providing strong accountability measures and appropriate federal government oversight; and
WHEREAS, VAWA represents the voices of women and their families, and the voices of victims, survivors, and advocates; and
WHEREAS, VAWA was first enacted in 1994, and has been the centerpiece of the federal government’s efforts to stamp out domestic and sexual violence. Critical programs authorized under VAWA include support for victim services, transitional housing, and legal assistance; and
WHEREAS, Domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, once considered private matters to be dealt with behind closed doors, have been brought out of the darkness; and
WHEREAS, VAWA has been successful because it has had consistently strong, bipartisan support for nearly two decades; and
WHEREAS, While annual rates of domestic violence have dropped more than 50 percent, domestic violence remains a serious issue. Every day in the United States, three women are killed by abusive husbands and partners. In California in 2010, there were 166,361 domestic violence calls, including more than 65,000 that involved a weapon; and
WHEREAS, There is a need to maintain services for victims and families at the local, state, and federal levels. Reauthorization would allow existing programs to continue uninterrupted, and would provide for the development of new initiatives to address key areas of concern. These initiatives include the following:
(a) Addressing the high rates of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault among women 16 to 24 years of age, inclusive, by combating tolerant youth attitudes toward violence.
(b) Improving the response to sexual assault with best practices, training, and communication tools for law enforcement, as well as health care and legal professionals.
(c) Preventing domestic violence homicides through enhanced training for law enforcement, advocates, and others who interact with those at risk. A growing number of experts agree that these homicides are predictable, and therefore preventable, if we know the warning signs; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate requests the United States Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Senate Bill No. 47, sponsored by Senator Leahy, and House Bill No. 11, sponsored by Congresswoman Moore, and ensure the sustainability of vital programs designed to keep women and families safe from violence and abuse; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.