National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2005, 58285-58286 [05-20154]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Presidential Documents 58285 Presidential Documents Proclamation 7938 of September 30, 2005 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2005 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Domestic violence is a great evil and an offense against human dignity that shatters lives and robs children of their innocence. Where it occurs, homes are transformed into places of danger and despair. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to preventing domestic violence. We are making progress in the fight against violence in the home. Over the past decade, the domestic violence rate has declined by an estimated 59 percent. But much work remains to be done. My Administration remains committed to preventing domestic abuse by supporting victims and punishing offenders. We have secured historic levels of funding for the Violence Against Women programs at the Department of Justice, presided over an increase in Federal prosecutions for crimes of violence against women, and implemented a program to help fund transitional housing for victims fleeing domestic abuse. To increase access to comprehensive support and services for victims of domestic violence, in 2003 I announced the creation of the Family Justice Center Initiative. These 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 their doors and are making a difference in victims’ lives. Faith-based and community organizations are also making vital contributions in the effort to combat domestic violence. These organizations are fostering an environment where victims can step out of the shadows and get the help and care they need. Through initiatives like the Faith-Based and Community Organization Rural Pilot Program and the Safe and Bright Futures for Children Initiative, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services are providing funding to support these organizations in their lifechanging work. I appreciate all those who work to end domestic violence and to protect vulnerable members of our society. By working together, we continue to build a society that respects the life and dignity of every person. 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 2005 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to reach out to help victims of domestic violence and help to make ending domestic violence a national priority. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05OCD2.SGM 05OCD2 58286 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth. W [FR Doc. 05–20154 Filed 10–4–05; 9:56 am] Billing code 3195–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05OCD2.SGM 05OCD2

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                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 7938 of September 30, 2005

                
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2005

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Domestic violence is a great evil and an offense 
                against human dignity that shatters lives and robs 
                children of their innocence. Where it occurs, homes are 
                transformed into places of danger and despair. During 
                National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we renew 
                our commitment to preventing domestic violence.

                We are making progress in the fight against violence in 
                the home. Over the past decade, the domestic violence 
                rate has declined by an estimated 59 percent. But much 
                work remains to be done. My Administration remains 
                committed to preventing domestic abuse by supporting 
                victims and punishing offenders. We have secured 
                historic levels of funding for the Violence Against 
                Women programs at the Department of Justice, presided 
                over an increase in Federal prosecutions for crimes of 
                violence against women, and implemented a program to 
                help fund transitional housing for victims fleeing 
                domestic abuse.

                To increase access to comprehensive support and 
                services for victims of domestic violence, in 2003 I 
                announced the creation of the Family Justice Center 
                Initiative. These 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 their doors and 
                are making a difference in victims' lives.

                Faith-based and community organizations are also making 
                vital contributions in the effort to combat domestic 
                violence. These organizations are fostering an 
                environment where victims can step out of the shadows 
                and get the help and care they need. Through 
                initiatives like the Faith-Based and Community 
                Organization Rural Pilot Program and the Safe and 
                Bright Futures for Children Initiative, the Departments 
                of Justice and Health and Human Services are providing 
                funding to support these organizations in their life-
                changing work.

                I appreciate all those who work to end domestic 
                violence and to protect vulnerable members of our 
                society. By working together, we continue to build a 
                society that respects the life and dignity of every 
                person.

                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 2005 as National 
                Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I urge all Americans 
                to reach out to help victims of domestic violence and 
                help to make ending domestic violence a national 
                priority.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand five, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

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