Vice President Biden in Montgomery County, Md. on Wednesday unveiled a new White House initiative to combat domestic violence, highlighting $2.3 million in grant money to help local officials identify high-risk offenders and possible victims.
“No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman for any reason at all,” Biden said, joined by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building. “There is never, never, never a justification.”
According to the White House, three women on average die every day because of domestic violence, and 40 percent of mass shootings in the last three years began with a gunman targeting a girlfriend, wife or ex-wife.
Biden was introduced by Mariska Hargitay, the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit actress.
The new initiative is modeled after similar programs in Maryland and Massachusetts.
The announcement comes after President Obama’s signing of the Violence Against Women Act last week, a rare piece of legislation that received bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.