A pledge by the Pennsylvania governor seeks to end gender violence and raise awareness of its consequences.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made the pledge Friday, according to a release by the governor’s office, joining the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and other elected officials and men across the state. The pledge commits themselves to “never use violence in relationships, speak up, support work to end gender violence and be a mentor to younger men.”
The campaign is organized by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the release said, and asks each signer to never use violence of any form in a relationship. According to the coalition, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner.
“It is important that all Pennsylvanians work toward reducing violence of all forms, but domestic violence is particularly damaging to women, kids and our communities,” Wolf said. “Strong men respect women, and by speaking out and raising awareness about the dangers for women and families, we can help end gender violence and make our communities safe.”
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The Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide collaborative membership organization, according to the release. One local member of the coalition is the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.
Lindsey Faussette, CCWRC outreach and education director, said the pledge was a great campaign, adding that while many people may not be able to envision themselves in a domestic violence situation, they can connect with the idea of being a father or part of a family.
“The pledge gives specific ways to participate and make a difference,” Faussette said. “It’s a neat, public way to show support.”
CCWRC receives state funding through the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she said, which allows the center to provide resources to the various individuals seeking help, as well as tools to provide preventive efforts locally.
“Often people don’t support domestic violence, but they think, ‘What can I do?’ ” she said. “The pledge lays out a range of things, depending on someones comfort level, that they can do in their own lives to help.”
Fellow Pennsylvanians are encouraged to take the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence at pasaysnomore.com.