Long discusses domestic violence in Springfield
Posted on May 7, 2015 15:19 pm CDT
Rep. Billy Long is focusing on domestic violence in the Ozarks during a break from Capitol Hill. Long, (R) Missouri-7th District, met with groups concerned about the growing domestic violence issue in southwest Missouri for a roundtable discussion and update on the issue in the region.
Long met with 14 groups from across the Ozarks ranging from the Springfield Police Department to the Joplin-based Lafayette House. Long heard a lot from the groups, shared with the group current federal legislation to combat domestic violence and human trafficking. Long says he wants to be an advocate for the cause at the federal level while encouraging private sector involvement locally.
"I hope through meetings like this we can really get the word out to our local business community about how dire the situation is,” Long said. “What was shared gives me a clearer image of how I can help push policies at the federal level to give law enforcement, medical and counseling groups the resources they need to address domestic violence."
More than 7,600 domestic violence incidents were reported in the Seventh Congressional District in 2012, the last year which the Missouri State Highway Patrol has complied data. That’s an average of more than 20 reported cased per day, though many more go unreported.
"Domestic violence is a ghost that lurks among far too many and is one that will live in victims' shadows forever. I look forward to continuing to work with organizations across the Seventh District to end domestic violence and make sure they are well-equipped to support victims. Today was just a start, as more meetings and seminars are already being planned. I do not want this subject to be swept under the rug."
More than 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths per year can be attributed to domestic violence nationwide, and many studies show a link between abuse and depression or suicide.