Thursday, October 30, 2008
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
Our Nation has a moral obligation to work to prevent domestic violence and address its brutal and destructive effects. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we underscore our commitment to helping individuals across our country who face such devastating violence.
My Administration remains dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and helping victims find the compassion, comfort, and healing they need. In 2003, I announced the creation of the Family Justice Center Initiative to help local communities provide comprehensive services at one location for victims of domestic violence. In 2006, I was proud to sign legislation that reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act to improve criminal justice responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Department of Justice's Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Assistance Program also offers victims of violence counseling and transitional housing services so they can escape the cycle of abuse.
During this month, we rededicate ourselves to protecting vulnerable members of our society and ensuring domestic abusers are punished to the full extent of the law. We encourage victims of domestic violence and their families to seek assistance through Family Justice Centers and the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Together, we can help heal hearts and build a culture in which all Americans can pursue their dreams and realize the great promise of our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2008, as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to reach out to victims of domestic violence and take action to make ending domestic violence a national priority.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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"Fight the good fight and you will ultimately win" I first heard this phrase from a secret service agent in 1999. You can't battle evil but you certainly can and should battle for the greater good. Since the stalking began on Christmas Eve in 1997, I have had so much help in this fight. You all have my deepest gratitude. You stepped in and helped when I needed it most and I will be forever grateful.
In chronological order....Valerie, Irwin Brooks, my prior employer, USSS Agent Ed Nasiatka, Dr Robert Fein, Senator Robert Torricelli, Ilse & the NCVC (National Center for Victims of Crime), Senator Joseph Biden and VAWA II, NYC Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge, Oprah, Oxygen. com, The New York Times, Alan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Officer Lt West, NJ Detective Ross Yenisey, Congressman Rush Holt, Assemblyman Mike Panter, Chief of Staff Bruce Shapiro, Chief of Police Stu Brown, Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, Ivy, The News Transcript, Chief of the State Office Victim Witness Advocacy Sandra McGowan, Senator Barbara Buono, Senator Fred Madden, The Asbury Park Press, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Judge Michael Guadagno, Jennifer & NJ CASA, Senator Jennifer Beck, Nancy, Pete, Janet, Grand Central Marketing, Lifetime Tv, Deputy Chief of Police Eric Landau, Mayor Jon Hornik, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, Alexis Moore and Senate President Richard Codey - the bill is a GO for posting on Oct 23rd! Minor amendments are being made and so the Bill goes back to the Assembly for the third time - but as they say the third time is the charm. Hooray for us - for fighting the good fight and securing the passage of this incredible piece of crime legislation. We have changed the future for stalking victims in NJ and hopefully the rest of the country will follow suit!