House approves Mosbrucker bill to help domestic violence survivors

A bill that would require the state's Employment Security Department to create a poster with information about domestic violence resources that could be displayed in the workplace passed the House of Representatives Wednesday.

On the House floor, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, who sponsored the legislation, said domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many people.

“One in three women and men have been affected by domestic violence from an intimate partner. There were more than 54,000 domestic violence calls to law enforcement in Washington state in 2017. For example, in Central Washington, there was a woman beaten to death with a baseball bat, and another who was abused, burned and her remains dumped in a backyard fire pit,” said Mosbrucker. “This topic is extremely difficult to talk about. But it's a topic we need to address before we lose any more victims.”

As she toured her district last year and interviewed survivors of domestic violence, Mosbrucker discovered a common theme — that the only safe place away from their abusers that many victims are allowed to go is their workplace.

House Bill 1533 would have a poster created that could be displayed in the employee area of a workplace — the same place where worker rights and minimum wage posters are required to be displayed. It would have a hotline number on the top and an area on the bottom of the poster where local domestic violence resource information could be added,” said Mosbrucker. “It's possible these victims would walk by the poster at work and see these phone numbers to help them if they're afraid to go home.”

Mosbrucker said domestic violence victims often feel trapped and don't know where to turn for help.

“The victims of this violence forget who they are and lose their esteem. We need to give them a voice and help them to remember and to live,” concluded Mosbrucker.

The bill passed 94-1. It has been referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.

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