Legislators Rally Against Domestic Violence

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas legislators and constitutional officers have joined anti-domestic-violence activists in speaking out against domestic violence in the state.

In the state Capitol rotunda yesterday, red wooden silhouettes representing those who recently died from domestic violence in the state surrounded those gathered for a rally. Governor Beebe joined Senate President Jack Critcher, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, House Speaker Benny Petrus and others for the event.

Petrus won applause when mentioning a House bill putting aside $10 million to be distributed by the Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Commission at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Money for the bill would come from state surplus and go to domestic-violence shelters.

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