Guam – As the topic of domestic violence continues to dominate national headlines in recent weeks, the director of the Office of Violence Against Women, a federal agency, is here on Guam to conduct a site visit.
Dr. Bea Hanson was a the government house today for a meet and greet with various community organizations on Guam that assist in putting an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Hanson is also here to mark the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. Hanson says the Office of Violence Against Women has given out over $400 million dollars to the US and territories since its inception. Here on Guam, OVW has awarded $16 million dollars in funding since 1999.
“We still have the problem where one in four women have been a victim of domestic violence; one in five women have been a victim of sexual assault finding response prevention message, really important in Guam all parts of us,” says Hanson.
The Guam Legislature also presented the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence with a Legislative Resolution; and Senator Dennis Rodriguez presented Dr. Hanson with a Legislative Certificate.