KNOCK OUT ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN

Knock Out Abuse DC Council Resolution

A CEREMONIAL RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh

To honor the organization Knock Out Abuse Against Women for its tireless efforts to educate the public about domestic violence and its work to aid women and children affected by domestic abuse, poverty, and homelessness.

WHEREAS, 1 out of 4 District women will be a victim of domestic violence;

WHEREAS, research indicates that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and anger than children who do not witness violence in the home;

WHEREAS, the non-profit organization Knock Out Abuse Against Women was founded in 1993 by Jill Sorensen and Cheryl Davis Masri to help victims of domestic violence, particularly women and children;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women is an organization that seeks to eradicate domestic violence and its effects by raising public awareness and generating financial support for women and children in the District and surrounding areas who are affected by abuse, poverty, and homelessness;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women organizes several community events in the District, including the collection and delivery of gently-used furniture to shelters supported by the organization;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women has raised more than $7 million dollars to aid victims of domestic violence;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women's annual women-only gala involves over 800 dedicated and influential women who raise money for District residents affected by domestic violence;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women partners with local businesses and an array of retailers to host sales where proceeds directly benefit victims of domestic violence;

WHEREAS, Knock Out Abuse Against Women has an extensive reach both within the District community and nationally through its corporate, retail, and philanthropic relationships; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the District of Columbia enthusiastically supports local efforts that raise awareness about abuse and provide aid to victims of domestic violence. RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Knock Out Abuse Against Women Recognition Resolution of 2013."

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Colombia recognizes and appreciates Knock Out Abuse Against Women, an organization that educates the public about domestic violence and works to aid women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Sec. 3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of publication in the District of Colombia Register.