Stephens Honors Victims Lost to Domestic Violence
Rep. Todd Stephens reads the names of four victims of domestic violence killed in Southeast Pennsylvania in the past year. 
-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined colleagues in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by honoring victims of domestic violence who were killed during the past year.

During a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Stephens read the names of four individuals killed in acts of domestic violence, including one from Montgomery County: Deborah Harrison, Linda Rooney and Deborah Winkelvoss, and five-year old Cion Styles.

“Domestic violence claims too many lives and touches too many families,” Stephens said. “That’s why it is critical we stand together to end the violence and make sure these victims did not die in vain.”

Stephens joined Peg Dierkers, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, who introduced the legislators who took part in the event.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The goal was to connect battered women and advocates across the nation working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at local, state and national levels.

“We must continue our commitment to make the world safer for our friends and family after Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends,” Stephens said. “It is important we work together to encourage healthy relationships and safe homes.”

The House recently passed House Resolution 1035 recognizing October 2014 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster
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