WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 10, 2011) – This evening, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will attend the 18th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women Annual Gala where he will be honored for his commitment to addressing domestic violence and advocating on behalf of victims. The Gala is the primary fundraising event for Knock Out Abuse Against Women (KOA), which is celebrating 18 years of raising funds and awareness for victims of domestic abuse in the Washington, D.C. region.
“Addressing domestic violence is the collective responsibility of each and every one of us,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Domestic violence is a tragedy that has impacted the lives of far too many, and those targeted by their abusers are not the only victims. The victims are also the families who share the pain of their loved ones, the communities that are shaken by these heinous acts, and our society as a whole. I thank Knock Out Abuse Against Women for recognizing our efforts to reduce domestic violence in Maryland and I salute them for their ongoing work to provide critical support to survivors of domestic violence. I look forward to working with all of our partners throughout the region to eliminate this senseless crime.”
“The Knock Out Abuse Against Women's gala continues to be a staple event in our Metro Area. KOA's domestic violence goal is clear - To support the women and children in the community who have fallen and need a lifting hand. In its 18th year, my husband and I are happy to offer the continued lift needed both financially and with the purist of intention to help combat this cyclical problem," said activist and philanthropist Jaci Wilson Reid, year’s event chair.
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. The grief of her loss spurred Lt. Governor Brown to redouble efforts to address domestic violence in our state. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence.
Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order. And the Lt. Governor is leading efforts to increase the availability of hospital-based domestic violence screening programs, including launching a new program last year at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly.
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has worked to reduce violent crime in Maryland by 10 percent each year and reduce violent crimes committed against women and children by 25 percent before 2012. Collaborating with state and local partners, they have reduced violent crime statewide to the lowest rates since 1975.
Knock-Out Abuse Against Women (KOA), established in 1993, is dedicated to promoting awareness of domestic violence and its impacts on women and children of all ages, races and socioeconomic status and to raising funds for shelters that provide protection, life skills and a sense of self to the victims of domestic violence. Since the organization’s founding in 1993, the annual benefit has raised more than $7 million. Proceeds go to support shelters for women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty and homelessness. For more information on Knock-Out, visit www.knockoutabuse.org.