WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that a bipartisan resolution marking October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month passed the Senate unanimously last night. The resolution was led by Klobuchar, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

“As a former prosecutor, I have seen firsthand how domestic violence can destroy lives and tear apart families,” said Klobuchar. “Passage of this bipartisan resolution marking October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month reaffirms our commitment to continuing to work together to support survivors and their advocates and put an end to domestic abuse in our communities.”

The resolution commends victim advocates, service providers, and first responders for their compassionate support of domestic violence survivors. It also reaffirms Congress’s commitment to addressing a crime that affects up to nine million Americans each year.

Klobuchar is a national leader in the fight to prevent sex trafficking and domestic violence. In May, the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which Klobuchar sponsored with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), was signed into law. This legislation will help law enforcement further crack down on human traffickers, while bringing about greater restitution and justice for victims, and includes a provision Klobuchar authored to help ensure that minors sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants, but are instead treated as victims. Klobuchar was also a cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act which contained many important changes to the previous law, such as consolidating duplicative programs and streamlining others; providing greater flexibility for how communities use resources; and including new training requirements for people providing legal assistance to victims.

Full text of the resolution that passed the Senate last night is below:

Whereas domestic violence victim advocates, domestic violence service providers, domestic violence first responders, and other individuals in the United States observe the month of October, 2015, as `National Domestic Violence Awareness Month' in order to increase awareness in the United States about the issue of domestic violence;

Whereas it is estimated that each year up to 9,000,000 individuals in the United States are victims of intimate partner violence, including--

(1) physical violence;

(2) rape; or

(3) stalking;

Whereas more than 1 in 5 women in the United States and up to 1 in 7 men in the United States have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner;

Whereas domestic violence affects women, men, and children of every age and background, but women--

(1) experience more domestic violence than men; and

(2) are significantly more likely than men to be injured during an assault by an intimate partner;

Whereas women aged 18 to 34 typically experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics;

Whereas most female victims of intimate partner violence have been victimized by the same offender previously;

Whereas domestic violence is cited as a significant factor in homelessness among families;

Whereas research shows that households in which children are abused or neglected are likely to have a higher rate of intimate partner violence;

Whereas millions of children are exposed to domestic violence each year;

Whereas victims of domestic violence experience immediate and long-term negative outcomes, including detrimental effects on mental and physical health;

Whereas crisis hotlines serving domestic violence operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and offer important--

(1) crisis intervention;

(2) support;

(3) information; and

(4) referrals for victims;

Whereas staff and volunteers of domestic violence shelters and programs in the United States, in cooperation with 56 State and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, serve--

(1) thousands of adults and children each day; and

(2) at least 1,000,000 adults and children each year;

Whereas law enforcement officers in the United States put their lives at risk each day by responding to incidents of domestic violence, which can be among the most volatile and deadly disturbance calls;

Whereas Congress first demonstrated a significant commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence through the landmark enactment of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (42 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.);

Whereas Congress has remained committed to protecting survivors of all forms of domestic violence and sexual abuse by making Federal funding available to support the activities that are authorized under--

(1) the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (42 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.); and

(2) the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 13925 et seq.);

Whereas there is a need to continue to support programs and activities aimed at domestic violence intervention and domestic violence prevention in the United States; and

Whereas individuals and organizations that are dedicated to preventing and ending domestic violence should be recognized: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That--

(1) the Senate supports the goals and ideals of `National Domestic Violence Awareness Month'; and

(2) it is the sense of the Senate that Congress should--

(A) continue to raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States and the corresponding devastating effects of domestic violence on survivors, families, and communities; and

(B) pledge continued support for programs designed--

(i) to assist survivors;

(ii) to hold perpetrators accountable; and

(iii) to bring an end to domestic violence.