Virginia DMV selling license plates to combat domestic violence

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Thanks to the commotion of everyday life, it can sometimes prove difficult to follow through with the things that you really enjoy or really feel very strongly about. For instance, you may have had to postpone a charity fun run or put off planting a new garden due to your limited schedule.

While this is certainly understandable, the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, state lawmakers and safety advocates are now urging all Virginians to be certain to set aside just a small amount of their time in order to take part in a vital fundraiser designed to help combat the incidence of domestic violence.

Earlier this year, Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) co-sponsored a bill on behalf of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance calling for the DMV to sell license plates carrying the message "Peace Begins at Home." Funds gathered from the sale of these license plates would be designated for the state's Building Healthy Futures Fund, which covers the costs of violence prevention programs designed to teach children how to have healthy and happy relationships.

The bill was subsequently approved by the General Assembly, and the license plates ($25 for non-personalized and $35 for personalized) are now officially for sale.

"Teaching children early and often about respect and boundaries helps lower the chances that they will become perpetrators later on," said an official with Abuse Alternatives, Inc. of the value of the Building Healthy Futures Fund.

While you may have doubts about turning your car into "a vehicle for change," consider that statistics show that one out of every four people in Virginia will be affected by either sexual or domestic violence by the age of 18.

Here's hoping that people continue to make the conscious decisions to help fund a very important cause.

Whether you are a victim of domestic abuse seeking the maximum protection under the law or believe that you have been unfairly accused of domestic violence, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.

Sources: SWVA Today, "License plate sales aid Abuse Alternatives," June 16, 2013; The Bristol Herald Courier, "Abuse Alternatives license plate to help fund local projects," Kevin Castle, June 12, 2013

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