“The devastating truth is that domestic violence continues to cause irreparable harm and trauma in the lives of many Americans,” said Buckner. “That is why I supported this bi-partisan measure to create concrete, meaningful solutions to address domestic violence.”
Rep. Buckner 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 critical first step, I recognize that there is so much more we must do to truly support victims and survivors,” Buckner said. “By supporting this measure, it is my hope that we can work together across the aisle to create meaningful solutions to 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
Buckner’s 26th District contains all or parts of Bronzeville, Gold Coast, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Chicago, South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville and Woodlawn.