2003 - June 22, 2003
Family Violence" Fundraising Stamp Unveiled
Stop Family Violence semipostal stamp was unveiled
Saturday June 14 in Colorado to raise awareness and
generate money for the victims of domestic violence.
The price of the stamp will be 45 cents, with the
difference between the sales price of the stamp and
the underlying postage consisting of a tax-deductible
Stop Family Violence semipostal will allow every American
to contribute to a nationwide fight against domestic
violence," said Dr. Christina Beato, who unveiled
the stamp. "By using this stamp on their cards,
letters, and packages, our customers will also have
an opportunity to bring before the public eye a problem
that is too often ignored."
addition to Dr. Beato, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
(R-CO), Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), anti-domestic
violence advocates and the Denver Postmaster were
all present for the unveiling.
effects of domestic violence are felt regardless of
age, race or economic status. According to a report
issued in 1999 by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics,
in more than 790,000 crimes of intimate violence women
accounted for 85 percent of the victims. Such cases
cost the nation billions of dollars annually in medical
expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster
care, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.
Studies suggest children who witness domestic violence
are more apt to attempt suicide, abuse alcohol or
drugs or run away from home.