Bill Helps Domestic Violence Victims

The state House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would provide information to domestic violence victims who need help to escape their abusers. John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.

SATTGAST: The statistics are staggering. Nearly one-in-three adults in the United States has experienced some form of violence at the hands of an intimate partner. In Washington state during 2017, more than 54,000 domestic violence offenses were reported and 49 homicides were related to domestic violence.

Goldendale Representative Gina Mosbrucker says victims often feel trapped and don’t know where to turn for help. Their only safe place is usually where they work. And that’s the place where Mosbrucker wants to have a domestic violence “help” poster displayed.

MOSBRUCKER: “That on the top of the poster, it will have an outlet or a hotline number. And on the bottom, it will be blank. Because all of our counties across the state of Washington have an outlet for domestic violence.”

SATTGAST:
The bottom of the poster would have contact information for local resources. The 14th District Republican says it could help save lives.


MOSBRUCKER:
“And it’s a possibility that one of these victims will walk by to get their coat or to their purse and see this phone number when they’re afraid to go home. The violent victims forget who they are. And so I think we — men and women — need to help give them a voice and help them remember and to live.”

SATTGAST: House Bill 1533 passed the House with a near unanimous vote. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration. John Sattgast, Olympia.