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"Pass the Plate" to Stop Sexual and Domestic Abuse in VA

August 2, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. - "Passing the plate" could have a whole new meaning if those hoping to prevent sexual and domestic abuse in Virginia have their way. A drive by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, along with members of the General Assembly and private sector partners, to get a special auto license plate approved for fund-raising is being announced today. A portion of the cost of the plate is to go to aid programs designed to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

Virginia Delegate (legislator) Dr. John O'Bannon says he'll introduce legislation for a special Virginia license plate during the 2012 General Assembly session.

"Some of the revenue from the sale of the license plates is shared not only by DMV in Virginia for the cost of the plate, but by worthwhile organizations."

The announcement takes place today at the "Building Healthy Futures" conference in Richmond. Supporters say money from the plates would allow local domestic and sexual violence programs to increase prevention activities in their communities, ranging from school and community plays to interactive websites on teen dating violence.

Dr. O'Bannon says if the license plate is approved, it can mean funding for several years.

"It can continue to be a source of revenue because lots of folks, once they go this route, will continue to buy that plate for their car for the next year, and the year after."

Victims and professionals seeking help or information on sexual and domestic violence can call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. The service is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - VA