Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Individuals and communities across the Commonwealth are committed to working towards a society free of domestic violence; and

Whereas Domestic violence, which can be physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse, does not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status; and

Whereas Youth, transgendered people and people with disabilities, including those who are deaf, are experiencing significantly higher rates of victimization across the state than other people; and

Whereas 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner; and

Whereas Studies show that children are adversely affected when they witness or experience violence in their homes. The fear of retribution and feelings of guilt and self-blame often prevent victims from seeking services for themselves or leaving abusive relationships; and

Whereas Domestic violence can be tremendously costly. Men and women who experience domestic violence often experience frequent headaches, chronic pain, difficulty with sleeping, activity limitations, poor physical health and poor mental health; and

Whereas In June 2007, Governor Deval Patrick issued Executive Order #486 to create the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The council has worked to help pass legislation such as “An Act For Greater Protection of Victims of Sexual Abuse and Intimidation: Harassment Restraining Order” and “An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People” and works to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence throughout the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to support survivors and promote safe and healthy relationships and communities among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013 to be,

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-seventh day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts