The Postal Service issued the 45-cent semi-postal stamp Stop Family Violence on October 11, 2003, in Denver, Colorado. Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California designed the stamp. Each semi-postal stamp was valid for postage at the first-class rate and included a surcharge. The net proceeds from the surcharge were transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the provisions of the Stamp Out Domestic Violence Act of 2001, which the 107th Congress passed and was signed into law on November 12, 2001.
This semi-postal allowed every American to contribute to a nationwide fight against domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of this stamp were used to help agencies across the country provide shelters for women in need, individual and group counseling, legal assistance, court and social service advocacy, emergency transportation, urgently needed food and clothing, and prevention programs.
For this semi-postal stamp, art director Carl T. Herrman selected artwork by a young girl that expresses the pain and sadness caused by domestic violence. Philip Channing of Santa Barbara, California photographed her work.
Avery Dennison printed one hundred and twenty-five million stamps in the gravure process.
Postal Bulletin (September 18, 2003).