Every year, for about 30 Minnesota women and children, domestic violence is fatal. Roughly 800 more are hospitalized. Think of the families missing a daughter or a grandchild – thirty people killed every year and countless others living in fear and pain.

Senator Marty is working to ensure that all people have the right to live without fear or threats of violence. Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that must be openly discussed to end the cycle of violence. Many abusers were victims of abuse themselves and few abusers receive any intervention or counseling, leading to new generations of abuse. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. The continuous cycle must be stopped through education, therapy and enforcement.

John supports the “red flag” legislation that would temporarily take guns away from a person who poses an immediate threat to themselves or others. In addition, Marty is the author of legislation that would permanently take away a person’s right to possess a gun if they had been convicted of domestic assault or violating an order for protection.

Domestic violence programs exist to help women escape a toxic environment, but they are desperately short of funding, and many counties have few if any services. By investing in these valuable programs, we will not only save lives, but we will significantly reduce law enforcement, court, and prison costs.

Senator Marty continues to advocate for full funding of domestic violence programs and services so that women in every community have access to help. This is truly a life or death situation for many.