(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Wednesday introduced a federal program to reduce domestic and sexual violence against women and children.
According to the administration, “the scope and far-reaching effects of violence require a coordinated response across the federal government.”
Statistics suggest the problem is more widespread than previously believed. As many as one in four women have been the victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, while 15.5 percent of children are exposed each year to domestic violence.
The new program, introduced by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, features a $1.5 billion maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting program for states to try to identify and reduce domestic violence. Lawyers, judges and law enforcement authorities will also receive government guidance on ways to respond to domestic violence, help victims and punish perpetrators.
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