On February 27, Virginia NOW issued a statement demanding that Petersburg Mayor Brian Moore apologize for comments excusing domestic violence. He had said that the City manager – accused of assault by his wife – should be forgiven for the alleged assault because the city needed his services and because, in effect,” “these things happen.” Mayor Moore has issued an apology, saying he sincerely regrets “that my words were interpreted as offensive and not sensitive” and that he sincerely apologizes “for not taking the opportunity to say that any form of violence is wrong.” The Petersburg Council voted to establish an advisory committee on interpersonal violence, with James House Intervention/Prevention Services. James House provides comprehensive, cost-free services for people who have been affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking and technical support and training for allied service professionals, schools, houses of worship, law enforcement and community groups at no cost.
Please check out its website at http://www.thejameshouse.org/
The February 27 statement of VA NOW President Diana Egozcue is below.