Representing Californiaís 34th Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OCTOBER 27, 2011
CONTACT: DOUGLAS FARRAR
Bipartisan legislation to help victims of domestic violence break free from their abusers
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) today introduced the Security and Financial Empowerment Act (SAFE Act ñ HR 3271) to ensure that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking have the financial independence they need to break free from their abusers.
ìDomestic Violence Awareness Month is a fitting time to address the awful consequences of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Not only do these crimes have serious physical and psychological impacts on victims, but the economic consequences perpetuate the abuse. Many victims stay with or return to their abusers because they are financially dependent on them,î said Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA). ìI have introduced the SAFE Act with my Republican colleague Ted Poe of Texas to break the cycle of violence by providing victims with employment and financial protections to safely leave abusive situations. This bipartisan effort sets politics aside to help victims of domestic violence who are in urgent need of assistance.î
ìVictims of domestic violence need time to seek medical care and necessary assistance just like anyone else suffering with health issues. I'm proud to co-sponsor the SAFE Act to ensure these victims have the time they need recover and rebuild their lives,î Said Rep