Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House floor today to recognize the 40th Anniversary of Women Helping Women on Maui:

"As we kick off Women's History Month, I want to recognize Women Helping Women, celebrating 40 years of service to the people in my district on Maui County.

"Since its founding in 1977, Women Helping Women has been an indispensable source of strength and support for survivors of domestic violence in Maui County--many who have fled courageously away from life-threatening situations with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, a few dollars in their pockets, and the desire to live without fear. Many of these women flee with young children and have no one to turn to and nowhere to go. Each year, this organization serves more than 1,500 women, men and children on the islands of Maui and Lana'i through a variety of programs, projects and activities focused on direct intervention, shelter, advocacy, education, empowerment and prevention.

"Mahalo to Women Helping Women, and congratulations on reaching this 40th anniversary year."

Founded in 1977, Women Helping Women Maui works to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention; and to offer safety, support and empowerment to women and children, victims of domestic violence.