Target: Florida State Legislature
Goal: Provide unemployment compensation for domestic violence victims
The state of Florida has introduced legislation to make unemployment compensation available for victims of domestic violence. This would make a huge impact in aiding victims break the cycle of abuse they are often stuck in. Support the measure and help those trying to escape from abusive relationships.
House Bill 261 and Senate Bill 130 are each aiming to reform the unemployment compensation laws in Florida. If passed, it would provide unemployment compensation to those victims of domestic violence who must abandon work or are financially unable to get to safety. This would provide a plausible means of escape for those who might not be economically able to do so otherwise.
In situation of domestic abuse, often times the victim cannot hold a job due to fear of the signs of abuse showing; beyond that, often times the abuser, in an effort to isolate the victim, will insist they remain unemployed in the first place. This puts many victims of domestic abuse financially reliant on the abuser, thus making them unable to leave.
Even if the victim had a job that gave them some financial independence, they often have to abandon their employment in an effort to get away from their abuser. This means that in situations where the victim is in life threatening danger, escaping is an economic impossibility; this is even more true for victims with children. Such barriers to safety must be taken away in order to lessen the degree of domestic violence in the state.
In 2011 alone, there were over 111,681 incidents in Florida; out of those, approximately 200 resulted in either manslaughter or murder. Such statistics are unacceptable. By instituting unemployment compensation for victims of domestic abuse, the cycle of violence can be broken.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the state legislature of Florida to pass the legislation currently being considered which would offer unemployment compensation to victims of domestic abuse. Victims should not have to be stuck in life threatening situations because they cannot afford to get out of them.
Dear members of the Florida state legislature,
I am writing to show my support for House Bill 261 and Senate Bill 130. This bill would largely impact breaking the cycle of abuse victims of domestic violence are often stuck in. Support this measure and enable victims to be financially capable of leaving abusive relationships.
Many victims of domestic violence are stuck financially reliant on the abuser; for those who aren’t, they often have to abandon the job they do have to escape a life threatening situation. This proves economically impossible, particularly if the victim has children who they are also trying to bring to safety. Such a situation must be rectified to stop the pervasiveness of domestic violence in the state; in 2011 alone, there were over 111,681 incidents out of which approximately 200 resulted in either manslaughter or murder.
Please take action to ensure the passing of this legislation so that victims of domestic abuse can receive unemployment compensation. Getting out of life threatening situations should not be a luxury only given to those who can afford it.
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