CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Republican Women Federated (CRWF) recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in a special program at its October luncheon. Guest speaker, talk-show host Chip Franklin donated his $200 honorarium to the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) in honor of CRWF member, Crystal Harris’ Assembly Bill No. 1522.AB 1522 was inspired by the case of Harris who was ordered by a court to pay her husband’s legal fees, plus monthly spousal support, despite the fact that he was convicted of committing violent sex crimes against her and was ultimately sent to prison. The bill was co-authored by 76th District Assemblywoman Tony Atkins and 74th District Assemblyman Martin Garrick. “With the Governor’s signing of AB 1522 a wrong has been righted,” Atkins said.
In addition to the $200 check presented to CSS Executive Director, Verna Griffin-Tabor, CRWF members added an additional $295 to increase the donation to $495.
Founded in 1969, the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) helps more than 30,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. CSS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.