Obama announces initiatives to combat home abuse

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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 4:47 PM
Obama announces initiatives to combat home abuse

President Barack Obama says no victims of domestic violence should ever feel like they don't have a way out.

The president on Wednesday announced new administration-wide initiatives to combat violence against women as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Obama said the programs would help victims from feeling trapped in abusive situations because of financial or legal reasons.

The new initiatives include a fund to help states provide home visitation services to at-risk families and a Justice Department program to encourage free legal services for victims of domestic violence. The Housing and Urban Development Department also is releasing guidelines to make sure abuse victims don't lose their housing due to crimes committed against them.