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Mayor: Domestic Violence Prevention Must Remain Priority

Wednesday October 26, 2005

Report shows progress made in prevention and response, identifies future needs

Mayor Jerry Abramson today tasked the Domestic Violence Prevention and Coordinating Council (DVPCC) with continuing its focus on improving the community’s domestic violence prevention and response systems.
The mayor addressed the group at a meeting today where the DVPCC released results of a three-month assessment of all aspects of Louisville’s justice and domestic violence service systems. The DVPCC will use the results of the study to develop an action plan to guide the council’s future priorities.

“Domestic violence is an issue that touches every corner of this community… victims are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends and your family members,” Abramson said. “The continued work and focus of the DVPCC is crucial to help protect families in our hometown.”

The report, called a “System Snapshot,” suggests that significant progress has been made since 1998 in improving court procedures and system outcomes. Findings also suggest that positive strides have been made in increasing awareness about the dynamics of domestic-violence crime, improving interagency cooperation and coordination, and improving access to data and information.
“Due to the complexity of domestic violence crime, all aspects of the system have to work in concert to protect victims and their children and to hold offenders accountable,” said Judge Jerry Bowles, co-chair of DVPCC.

The DVPCC identified a range of needs across the system, including:
· Improving access to accurate and timely domestic-violence information and increasing the ability to share that information across the law enforcement, judicial, and social-service agencies;
· Enhancing service at the domestic violence intake center located at the Hall of Justice;
· Continuing efforts to raise public awareness and provide training to professionals who respond to domestic violence crime; and
· Expanding the availability of specialized medical and psychological treatment.

“This is not the end, but the beginning of a process. The report will serve as a blueprint for the future work of the council,” said Kim Allen, Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, another DVPCC co-chair.

Abramson appoints members to the DVPCC, which is comprised of elected officials and policymakers within the local criminal-justice system along with citizens, treatment providers, social-service agency representatives, medical professionals, victim advocates, and domestic violence service providers – whose mission is to improve cooperation and coordination among Louisville social-service agencies, government departments and courts that respond to domestic violence and abuse.

View the full report here.