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These are common sense

by Jessica Vega Pederson

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to come together to bring awareness to this problem and continue to make strides toward protecting survivors.

During the 2015 legislative session, protecting survivors of domestic violence was one of my top priorities. I fought to pass two critical new laws that are going to make a big difference. The first ensures that victims of domestic violence, harassment and stalking can use sick time at work for court appearances, moving or other personal business. My colleagues and I also passed a bill that allows law enforcement to confiscate firearms or ammunition from anyone who has a restraining order against them or has been convicted of domestic violence.

These are common sense laws that support survivors and save lives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner, I will continue to be a strong voice of advocacy for families facing domestic abuse. Right now, we can show our support to survivors of domestic violence. Join me in standing with victims this month.

Posted on October 9, 2015.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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