DENVER, Feb.13, 2013 – Joining forces with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Mary Kay Inc. and Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants from across Colorado will come together for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on February 12, 2013. The event held at the Colorado State Capitol gives participants an opportunity to raise awareness and urge state lawmakers to make meaningful changes to benefit domestic violence survivors.
A longtime supporter of domestic violence awareness, Mary Kay has an ongoing commitment to lobbying for good and working to prevent and end domestic violence. Since the 1980’s, Mary Kay Inc. and members of its independent sales force have lobbied Congress and state legislatures on issues including the Violence Against Women Act and, most recently, teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
“Speaking face-to-face with legislators is a crucial part of Mary Kay’s steadfast commitment to ending domestic violence,” said Mary Kay Vice President of Government Relations Anne Crews. “In partnership with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, we can make a difference and help educate lawmakers at the Legislative Education and Advocacy Day at the Colorado State Capitol about the necessity for legislative change to benefit people who have survived horrific violence.”
According to the CCADV, thousands of Coloradans have been turned away in recent years from emergency shelter due to lack of space at domestic violence crisis centers. The state also lacks sufficient transitional housing space for survivors trying to rebuild their lives after fleeing an abusive relationship, a critical time when women are at an increased risk shortly after separation.
“With the generous sponsorship of LEAD 2013 by our partner and ally, Mary Kay, we have an opportunity to raise the profile of the Coalition and our causes with decision-makers from across the state,” said Denise Washington, Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “This year, we are very excited to be working on positive, pro-active legislation that will address systemic problems in child custody cases involving domestic violence or child abuse.”
Mary Kay has lobbied state lawmakers in California, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to help prevent and end domestic violence.
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