Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Condemning domestic violence as “a great evil and an offense against human dignity,” President Bush on September 30 proclaimed October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2005. In the proclamation, the President cited an estimated 59 percent decline in violence in the home in the United States over the past decade. He noted historic levels of federal funding for Violence Against Women programs and praised victim support efforts by faith based and community organizations. He observed that in 2003 he announced the creation of the Family Justice Center Initiative. The centers bring together police officers, attorneys, counselors, doctors, victims' advocates, chaplains, and others so that domestic violence victims can more easily find the help and support they need. The Department of Justice has awarded over $20 million to support the creation of 15 Family Justice Centers across the country, and several of these centers have already opened. Click here for the complete proclamation (last visited October 5, 2005, REO).