Representatives from various women's organizations appeared before the Council, at the request of Councilmember Hedge-Morrell, for a presentation on domestic violence prevention and awareness in recognition of March 8th as International Women's Day and March as Women's History Month. The presentation outlined various women's issues including, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The representatives also highlighted their organizations' prevention and awareness efforts, as well as community outreach and public education programs.
Additionally, the presentation highlighted five domestic violence-related bills (HB747, HB748, HB749, HB750, and HB753) introduced by state Representative Helena Moreno and carried by state Senator J.P. Morrell on the Senate side for the 2014 legislative session. The bills will be heard in committee on March 24 and March 26 and the public is encouraged to attend.
District "D" Councilmember Hedge-Morrell said, "These issues are of critical importance and we would like to have a more comprehensive discussion about the many organizations working to reduce domestic violence and promote awareness of women's issues."