Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #233
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 1, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Council go on record in recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The month of October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness month since 1989; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

On a national level, domestic and intimate partner violence affects 30% of women and 10% of men, is the leading cause of injury for women, and costs $5.8 billion per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The LGBT community is disproportionately affected by domestic and intimate partner violence, with 44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, 37% of bisexual men, 26% of gay men, and up to 50% of transgender people, report experiencing rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The prevalence of domestic and intimate partner violence in Massachusetts is comparable to the national level, but with a disturbing uptick in both domestic assaults and domestic violence related fatalities between the 2016 and 2018; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Needs assessments conducted in the City of Cambridge have cited that “everyone is or has been touched by domestic and/or sexual abuse”, highlighting the truly universal nature of this problem and the urgency of solving it; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization at the end of September 2018, and this act has been used to provide resources for survivors, increase penalties for gender-based violence, and establish a National Office of Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The VAWA remains the only piece of federal legislation that includes explicit civil rights protections for LGBTQ communities, and also contains much needed provisions for Native Americans and victims of human trafficking; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The national political climate and discourse surrounding domestic violence has been extremely negative, making it critical for local leaders and communities to unequivocally support survivors; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record in recognizing October 2018 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and show its support for the vigil taking place on Wednesday October 3rd at 6:00PM on the steps of City Hall; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record in support of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which expires at the end of September 2018; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the Cambridge Congressional Delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Oct 1, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED