Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on the City's Domestic Violence Roadmap

April 9, 2013

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Caption:Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela

“On March 27, the Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee, which I am honored to chair, approved a comprehensive roadmap that will guide us in a swift and thoughtful way to reach our goal of becoming a national leader in addressing the issue of domestic violence in our city.  Today, I am pleased that this roadmap was approved by full council, and the important work can begin.  Domestic violence is a family issue and a public safety issue that affects everyone.  What began as a request for special funding for one organization has grown, through a fair and thorough process, into a more comprehensive approach that benefits the entire community.  This roadmap includes: increasing community awareness about domestic violence and resources available; adopting best practices in all city operations; reforming the justice system to focus on domestic violence; enhancing coordination of the service delivery system; and developing community partnerships to create solutions.  I am pleased that next fiscal year’s trial budget includes a new position to ensure this plan stays on track, which is why it is so important to support this year’s budget.  But we cannot do it alone.  Partnering with experts in the community and leveraging the efforts of existing organizations is what makes this plan unique – and what will make this plan a success.”

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