FLEOA Endorses Leg. to Combat Domestic Violence

FLEOA Endorses Legislation to Combat Domestic Violence During COVID-19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following press release regarding FLEOA’s endorsement of the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act:

"This is a time when our homes must be a safe haven, not a danger zone. While it is necessary for people to stay at home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, an unfortunate side effect of this situation is that individuals living in unsafe conditions may feel trapped with their abusers,” said FLEOA President Cosme.

"Reports from European countries indicate that stay-at-home orders have dramatically increased cases of domestic violence. In Spain, the emergency number for domestic violence received 18 percent more calls in the first two weeks of lockdown than in the same period a month earlier. In areas of the UK domestic violence cases rose 20 percent in the first week of lockdowns and, in France, cases have increased 30 percent since the lockdowns began." said Cosme. "To prevent such dramatic increases in violence in the United States, our law enforcement must have the guidance, tools, and training to spot and stop abuse from occurring.” 

"We support the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act by Rep. Wexton so the U.S. Health and Human Service Department and the Attorney General can work together to ensure victims of domestic violence are protected during these atypical conditions. While our doctors, scientists, and first responders do their important work to defend our nation against this disease, the American people must feel secure staying in their homes. This legislation sets law enforcement up with the guidance they need to protect those in need.” Cosme concluded. 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.