For Immediate Release: 10/16/2013 3:00 PM

Contact: Karen D. Campbell 301-952-5182

​ Council Member Franklin Cites County Successes and Continuing Need for More Shelter Capacity
In acknowledgement of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, District 9 Council Member Mel Franklin issued the following statement:
“National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a reminder and recognition of the tragedy of domestic violence that destroys hundreds of thousands of families across the country each year.  There is no excuse for the physical and mental abuse that so many women and some men experience at the hands of their abusers.  In response to the unfortunate fact that our County leads the state of Maryland in the annual number of domestic violence incidents, a new Prince George’s County 2-1-1 hotline has been announced, along with a new County Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, and a multitude of other public safety and human services measures. These efforts are very positive steps forward.  Unfortunately, however, the County still faces a significant and glaring deficiency – the lack of emergency and transitional shelter capacity.  There is only one emergency domestic violence shelter in the County, which reaches capacity often and quickly. This leaves many domestic violence survivors in Prince George’s County with no place to go. 
I am working to address this need legislatively with Council Bill 97-2013, reported favorably out of the Council Committee on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development today.  This legislative proposal will allow the adaptation of certain properties into emergency or transitional housing for domestic violence survivors and their families. 
I look forward to working with my fellow public officials and nonprofit partners to ensure that another Domestic Violence Awareness Month does not pass by without significant progress being made in the County to expand emergency and transitional shelter capacity,  providing a safe place for domestic violence survivors.”
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