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Senate Approves Amendments to Address Domestic Violence in Military

In the wake of four recent murders of wives of U.S. soldiers at the Fort Bragg military base, the Senate has approved two amendments to the Defense Department Appropriations bill, both of which will address domestic violence problems within the military community. Senator Paul Wellstone and Senator Barbara Boxer, both champions of women’s rights, sponsored the two amendments. The amendments will allocate funding for an investigation into the scope of the military’s domestic violence problems, and will also increase the size of the Family Advocacy Program which provides counseling to military families. This appropriations bill is expected to come before the Conference Committee shortly.

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The Miles Foundation, 08/01/02

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