Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #188
ORDER ADOPTED
Jul 30, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to develop a grant program to aid victims of domestic violence in the financial challenges of both leaving an abusive partner and taking remedial measures in the aftermath of a violent incident.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Domestic violence is a national epidemic, affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to the BridgeStat Cambridge Police Department Crime Analysis (http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/policedepartment/BridgeStat/BridgeStat_June2018_FINAL.ashx?la=en),  in the first six months of 2018, domestic assaults accounted for 45% of all aggravated assaults for the first six months of 2018, and in this same time period, the percentage of domestic assaults are trending upward; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Domestic violence can involve financial abuse such as withholding funds, which can be a major barrier for victims looking to leave their abusers; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Leaving an abusive partner is costly for its victims, as it results in expenses incurred including but not limited to: increased doctors’ visits, time lost from work, recovering damaged property, replacing personal items such as clothes, toiletries, and other items left in a shared home, additional transportation costs as a result of moving from a community, additional interim childcare costs, taking additional security measures such as changing locks, and filing and enforcing restraining orders (in cases that fees apply); now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Finance Department and community advocacy organizations to develop a grant program to aid victims of domestic violence in the financial challenges of both leaving an abusive partner and taking remedial measures in the aftermath of a violent incident; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to follow up on a framework for this grant program by the City Council’s first fall meeting.

 

Meeting History

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