Tri States Public Radio Staff
Fri October 7, 2011
Emphasis - October 7
Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Sue Prochazka, who is the director of the Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse.
They talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Violence Against Women Act.
Prochazka says 1 in 4 women will be affected by domestic violence during their lifetimes.
Organizations like the Coalition use the month of October to highlight available services and to stress prevention and awareness.
Congress also has an opportunity to help these organizations.
That's because the Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization by Congress.
Prochazka says the federal law provides crucial funding and tries to balance out current legislation from state to state.
She says that helps the Coalition, which helps people in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.
Prochazka says each state defines domestic violence differently, based on relationships and assault.
She says a nationwide standard for such definitions has been discussed for years.
The preferred method, though, is to change current laws to match the most effective options.