Sending Office: Honorable Jennifer Wexton
Cosponsor the Bipartisan
Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act
Cosponsors: Joyce Beatty (OH), Anthony Brown (MD), Andre Carson (IN), TJ Cox (CA), Danny K. Davis (IL), Veronica Escobar (TX), Jenniffer A. Gonzalez-Colon (PR), Raul M. Grijalva (AZ), Alcee L. Hastings (FL), Jahana Hayes (CT),
Denny Heck (WA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), John B. Larson (CT), Alan Lowenthal (CA), Stephen F. Lynch (MA), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY), James P. McGovern (MA), Ann McLane Kuster (NH), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL), Katie Porter (CA),
David E. Price (NC), Mike Quigley (IL), Tim Ryan (OH), Terri A. Sewell (AL), Adam Smith (WA), Darren Soto (FL), Abigail D. Spanberger (VA), Bennie G. Thompson (MS), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
Endorsements: Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
I invite you to cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act. This important legislation would require the Attorney General to provide guidance to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies as they address increases
in incidents of domestic violence exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency and stay-at-home orders.
Stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, coupled with job loss and economic angst, has created a volatile situation where victims are forced to stay home with their abusers. Several state and local law enforcement agencies reported an uptick in domestic
violence calls. In March alone, Virginia saw a 76 percent increase in calls to domestic violence emergency hotline numbers and 1,000 additional people sought overnight shelter from domestic violence. Our brave and devoted law enforcement officers on the frontlines
of responding to these calls need additional support and resources to adequately respond to these challenges.
The Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act would direct the Attorney General to work in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and relevant law enforcement and domestic violence stakeholders to issue guidance,
outlining best practices and resources, to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, with a unique focus on addressing domestic violence effectively while limiting potential exposure to COVID-19.
Law enforcement officers are often the first responders to domestic violence incidents and play a vital role in how we address this issue that has become far too common to far too many women and men in our country. During this time of crisis, I invite you
to cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act to provide law enforcement with the guidance, resources, and tools needed to address domestic violence while keeping everyone safe and healthy. To cosponsor, please complete this
FORM or contact Courtney Rogers Courtney.Rogers@mail.house.gov in my office.
Member of Congress
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