SAN FRANCISCO – Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) today reminded residents of the 12th Assembly District that October is “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

Last week at the 3rd Annual Stop Family Violence Walk in Redwood City Assemblymember Yee said, “Even one victim of domestic violence is too many. I am proud of the progress our society has made in reducing domestic violence, but we must continue these efforts until every woman and child feels safe in their own homes. I find it appalling that one in three women have been or will be victims of domestic violence.”

According to the California Department of Justice, over 600 incidents of domestic violence are reported every day in California. In addition to the physical and psychological effects on the victim and the victim’s family, there are job-related consequences as well. As the number one cause of injury to women, domestic violence costs American businesses between $3 billion and $5 billion a year in absenteeism, medical costs, employee turnover, and lost productivity.

Studies have shown that nearly 13% of Asian and Pacific Islander women report experiencing physical assault by an intimate partner. Each year over 4,000 Asian women and children utilize services provided by Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco and nearly 75% of the battered women who call for shelter are turned away because of a lack of shelter space. Moreover, domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes in the United States, and even more so for the API community due to various issues including language barriers, cultural stigmas and fear over immigration status.

To help stop family violence, please call (888) 303-4500 for a free “Stop Domestic Violence Action Kit.” If you are a victim of domestic violence, or if you want to report an incident of domestic violence, call the 24-hour-a-day toll-free National Hotline at 1-(800) 799-SAFE or 1-(800) 787-3224 (TDD).

“Despite our recent budget crisis, the California Assembly passed legislation that allows the state to continue emergency funding for domestic violence services. It is vitally important that these funds are not eliminated, even during these troubled economic times,” Assemblymember Yee concluded.