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Join in effort against domestic violence By Bob Ferguson

I am the father of 6-year-old twins. My wife, Colleen, and I want to raise a son who respects women, and a daughter who lives in a world where she is respected and free from violence.

In September 2014, NFL football star Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiance, captured on video, received significant media attention and brought to national awareness the unfortunate prevalence of domestic violence in our society.

The statistics are sobering. An estimated 1 in 4 women experience rape, physical assault or stalking in the context of a relationship or a date.

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 35 people were killed in Washington state last year as a result of domestic violence.