Hillary Clinton Condemns Domestic Violence

Saying that domestic violence “is not just an assault against a citizen, but that it does undermine democracy itself,” Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke on the topic at a conference of mostly women on Monday.

“Domestic violence can never again be dismissed, as it so often has in th epast, as part of a country’s traditional norms or as a private cultural set of assumptions about family life,” she said.

Ms. Clinton recently returned from a tour of Latin America, where she spoke on the necessity of acheiving equal political representation for women and ending domestic violence. The Inter-American Development Bank estimates that between 25-50% of women in Latin America and the Caribbean have reported domestic violence.

She praised President Clinton, whose mother suffered from domestic abuse, for making domestic violence a foreign policy issue and vowing to protect American women.


AP - October 20, 1997

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