FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 1, 2022
EMILY’S LIST RECOGNIZES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
“EMILYs List stands with brave domestic violence survivors, and the advocates who work tirelessly making change for them. We are proud to support candidates who understand the importance of policies that increase access to the tools people need in times of crisis. Candidates like Colorado state Rep. Monica Duran, who as a survivor of domestic violence herself, introduced a bill to reduce access to firearms for abusers. Or Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who was the chief compliance officer for one of the nation's largest domestic violence centers. Or Cheri Beasley, who worked tirelessly to keep access to the courts available to survivors as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court during the pandemic.
“With a marked increase in domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for survivors has never been more important. That work must always include protecting abortion rights, as survivors’ autonomy and ability to make their own reproductive health choices are an important part of reclaiming their own autonomy. At EMILYs List we will continue to support candidates who advocate for expanded accessibility of resources that will prioritize the safety of all.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.