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STOP SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION
AMEND AB 2051 COHN: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Current Law: Unbelievably state law (H&S Code 124250) defines domestic violence victims as only female, woman or women. This means a full range of services - e.g. shelter, counseling and legal assistance are exclusively offered only to all women including Lesbian, Bisexual and their children. Male victims and their children by definition are excluded from services.

AB 2051: Continues this discrimination and extends these services to lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims. Additionally it makes the provision for the appointment of a representative of the LGBT community to the Domestic Violence Advisory Council. AB 2051 does not include a similar provision for heterosexual males.

Stop Californias Discrimination Against Men and Their Children

Why are children of male victims of domestic violence less worthy of protection?

The data is clear: Males actually represent 36\% - 50\% of all domestic violence victims, depending on the survey and data. The latest numbers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data find men represent 36\% of all DV victims. http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/ipvfacts.htm .

The most recent report from the National Violence Against Women Survey found:
The number of straight male victims in the general population is 14 times the number of gay, lesbian and transgender victims combined,
There are 3 times more straight male victims of color (African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American) than all gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.

California Violates Federal Law Congress just changed the Violence Against Womans Act to make it gender neutral. California is now a national embarrassment and bastion of discrimination. What would happen if a domestic violence victim was defined in state law as exclusively male?

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We the undersigned are a group of international and national experts in the field of domestic violence working as researchers, treatment providers or both. California must stop this blatant discrimination against men and their children. We must deal with the realities of the world, the data is without question domestic violence affects both men and woman. The politicalization of this issue must stop and services must be provided to all children and their parent victims.

If California continues to discriminate, it will never be able to solve its problems with domestic violence. Until California acknowledges all victims and provides training and services to honestly address this serious social problem, children and future generations will continue to suffer.

We call on the California Legislature to amend AB 2051, rid the state of its discriminatory practices and return the state to its true role as a beacon of fairness and equity to all men and woman alike.



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