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A Reminder on Mother’s Day

We can honor women collectively by working for a society free of domestic violence.

This Sunday on Mother’s Day we honor extraordinary mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, and sisters. Individually – often with chocolate, flowers or special meals -- we honor their dedication as caregivers, breadwinners, peacemakers, organizers, chauffeurs and confidantes. It’s a great opportunity to convey love and appreciation.

But honoring individuals is just the first step. I believe we can honor them collectively by working for a society free of domestic violence.

Last month, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a bipartisan law which is central to our national effort to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. I cosponsored VAWA when it was originally enacted in 1994, and have cosponsored and supported every reauthorization since. It continues to be as important today as it was in 1994.

VAWA programs help stop batterers and provide victims with support they need to recover and rebuild their lives. VAWA builds upon proven prevention and support strategies and includes new ways to address the changing and still unmet needs of victims.

VAWA has been a success story over the past 18 years because it encourages communities to more effectively and efficiently respond to domestic violence. Working together, law enforcement, judges, domestic violence shelters, victim advocates, healthcare providers, and faith-based advocates are able to better prosecute abusers and protect and aid the women, men and children who find themselves in dangerous and potentially life-threatening relationships. 

If our families struggle, we all struggle and on this Mother’s Day when we are honoring the extraordinary women in our lives, I want to thank you for keeping our families strong.

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Brian Carlson May 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank you Senator, for all your efforts on this issue. Women are the single most unprotected group on this planet, despite laws. The statistics for domestic violence in this country are staggering and shameful. The recourse of abused women, to date, to leave these domestic situations..are minimal. There are more animal shelters in most American cities than there are shelters for physically abused women! Google "womens shelters" in your area and you will see exactly what mean. Age is no factor..from childhood through the senior years, women are being beaten, are threatened with beatings, and are verbally abused in powerful destructive fashion. Education is critical as to the extent of the violence. but a paradigm shift has to happen through which men come to see that they can not rule by force or threat of same and the men have to be held accountable for their actions. Thank you... Once again. These are our sisters, our daughters, our grandmothers..And yes, our mothers... We must take strong action to protect their human rights.
Jaime Sommers May 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM
...and our wives, partners and friends. Thanks Brian Carlson, and thanks Senator Kohl.
Brian Carlson May 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Yes, Jamie. Thank you.
Brian Carlson May 16, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Case in point... If someone talks about the governors race they will be buried in argument, discourse...etc. Talk about violence against women.... Half the population inadequately protected by laws and enforcement... And there is near total silence!!!

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