In addition to other healthcare-related issues, President Obama announced his administration's intent to combat the effects of and help victims of domestic violence. He hopes to do this through housing, financial, and health assistance for victims and improved legal protections for the one out of four women and 15.5 children that are affected by domestic violence.
The President was joined by Vice President Joe Biden who signed the 1994 Violence Against Women Act into law, along with Joe Torre, former Major League Baseball manager and childhood victim of abuse. The current initiative will be carried out through Head Start programs in six states, as well as reducing the backlog of rape kits in five jurisdictions. This work is being shared by six agencies.
In addition, Virginia will be joined by four other states this month in implementing a program to assist pregnant women who are victims of sexual and domestic abuse. This is funded primarily by the Pregnancy Assistance Fund that is encased in the new healthcare legislation.
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