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Boyle Creates New Congressional Advisory Council To Combat Domestic Violence

October 22, 2015
Press Release

Philadelphia- Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) announces the creation of a new Congressional Advisory Council on domestic violence.  The Congressional Advisory Council consists of experts, community leaders, and advocates throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties to address new ways to combat domestic violence and better address the challenges facing victims. 

The following individuals have been nominated and accepted their appointment to the Congressional Advisory Council: 
-    Mark Levy, Montgomery County Prothonotary (Co-Chair) 
-    Betsy Kilkenny (Co-Chair)
-    Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse  
-    Jennifer Serrano, Victim’s Advocate
-    Beverly Hahn, Chairwoman of Montgomery County’s DFA
-    Beth Sturman,  Executive Director of the  Montgomery County Laurel House
-    Lisa Deeley, Northeast Victim Service
-    Elise Scioscia, Women Against Abuse Public Policy Director

“I am proud this impressive group of men and women has agreed to serve on this important advisory council,” said Congressman Boyle.  “Domestic violence is one of the most important issues in society today and there is so much we can be doing to stop it. The fight for victims of domestic violence was the cornerstone of my service in Harrisburg and I have been working tirelessly to continue that fight in DC.  My work both at home and in Washington can only benefit from the expertise and input of this group.” 

Meeting both in Montgomery County and Washington DC, the Congressional Advisory Council will take a comprehensive approach towards identifying tangible initiatives to fundamentally alter the supports provided to victim of domestic violence.  The Council plans to look at the issues from all aspects, from the victim’s often arduous journey through the criminal justice system, to the need to enhance physical and emotional supports for victims.

While Congressman Boyle was in Harrisburg as a State Representative, he introduced a package of reforms to address the deficiencies in how the justice system interacted with victims of domestic violence, including the HP 1369, the GPS Electronic Monitoring Bill that was just reintroduced by State Representative Kevin Boyle (D-172).  The bill would allow a judge to require a GPS electronic monitoring device be placed on an individual found to be in violation of the terms of his or her parole or present a risk of committing crimes or abuse.