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White House adviser speaks at domestic violence luncheon

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Judy Bell (left), president/CEO of Wellspring Alliance For Families Inc., greets Lynn Rosenthal, the White House adviser on Violence Against Women, during the 2010 annual Faith-Based and Grass-Roots Community Domestic Violence Workshop and Luncheon in Bossier City on Wednesday. In the background is Bossier Parish District Attorney Special Assistant Lee Roy Clemons. (Jim Hudelson/The Times)

By Adam Duvernay

Lynn Rosenthal: Progress is being made, still much more to do.

The White House Adviser on Domestic Violence Lynn Rosenthal thanked Louisiana for its efforts to reduce domestic violence Wednesday, but said there’s still a long way to go before the problem is solved.

Speaking at the 2010 Faith-based and Grass-roots Community Domestic Violence Workshop and Luncheon in Bossier City, Rosenthal lauded the success of federal, state and community governments and groups in curbing domestic violence.

“We are here on behalf of all the stories we know and those we don’t know,” Rosenthal said. “We’re here to remember the forgotten and to see the invisible.”

Rosenthal stressed the continued need for community support and awareness in fighting domestic violence.

“The federal government cannot do this alone. The criminal justice system cannot do this alone,” Rosenthal said. “We at the White House are standing with you and will do everything we can to help you.”

She said she would make a special mention of Louisiana and Bossier City hospitality and support to Vice President Joe Biden, her immediate White House contact and a long-time advocate against domestic violence.

Since the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, Rosenthal said national cases of domestic violence have dropped by 58 percent. But with battered women’s shelters still full and crisis hot lines still ringing, she said there was more to do.

Rosenthal said three women in America die every day from domestic abuse and another 2 million are injured each year. She said people between ages 16 and 24 are still at the highest risk and many young people still believe domestic violence stereotypes.

Currently there is $730 million making its way through Congress, Rosenthal said. This money — which would represent a $130.5 million increase in domestic violence prevention funding from the 2010 budget — targets curbing incidents of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

A portion of that money — $100 million — comes from the Crime Victims Fund, revenue collected from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds and penalties for federal offenders.


Written by demon53

September 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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