OTTAWA – State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is sponsoring legislation to establish a Domestic Violence Task Force to conduct a comprehensive study of current domestic violence laws in Illinois and look for ways to reform and create additional protections for victims of violence.
“Domestic violence will always have a devastating impact on a person’s physical and mental health,” said Yednock. “Working to ensure that all victims of domestic violence have access to the resources they need in moments of crisis should be a top priority for all elected officials in Illinois, no matter political party or geographical location. This means that we must look into the many ways that we can renovate and revamp old laws to address new and unsolved problems today.”
Yednock is co-sponsoring House Bill 4262 to create the Domestic Violence Task Force in Illinois to conduct a comprehensive review of the process, operation, and enforcement of current domestic violence laws across the state. The Task Force is required to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly with the findings of their review. National and Illinois domestic violence data finds that on average nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner and one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner.
“We must put an end to domestic violence, and do everything we can to be sure we are improving our state’s response to this issue,” said Yednock. “Illinois needs to be the leader in the country on common sense issues like combating domestic violence. If we can show the rest of the country how to break the chain of domestic violence, Illinois can cement itself as the best state in the country to support victims when they need support the most.”
For more information, Yednock’s constituent service office can be reached at (815) 324-5055 or by email at StateRepYednock@gmail.com.