“The devastating reality is that domestic violence continues to cause profound suffering and trauma in the lives of many Americans, especially women and children,” said Didech. “That is why I supported this bipartisan measure to create a task force to help advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence.”
Didech is sponsoring House Bill 4262, which would 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 would be required to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly with the findings of their review. According to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ILCADV), one in three women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lives.
“Although this is a great step forward, I recognize that there remains a lot of work to be done to support victims and survivors,” Didech said. “By backing this task force, it is my hope that we can work together across the aisle to create meaningful solutions to truly address domestic violence.”
For anyone who needs help, the following free resources are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and include confidential support, multilingual advocates, and victim-centered services:
• The Center for Prevention of Abuse at 800-559-SAFE (800-559-7233)
• The Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line at 877-TO END DV (877-863-6338)
• The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233) or with online chat service at thehotline.org
• The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474, by texting loveis to 25222, or with online chat service at loveisrespect.org
• The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673) or with online chat service at hotline.rainn.org
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