A bill designating October as Domestic Violence Month was approved by a House panel today but still has many committee stops ahead.
Sponsor Rep. Al Doty, DFL-Royalton, said if the state doesn’t have much money to add programs, at least it can increase awareness, reports the House Information office.
“We have over 37,000 women and children that are served by community advocacy programs, and over 2,600 domestic assault cases a year in Minnesota,” Doty said.
He noted that more than 12,000 orders for protection are issued annually.
“”In a year when we are not going to be spending much money, increasing awareness is something that may prevent us from ruining a lot of lives and spending a lot of money.”
A companion bill awaits a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.