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File #: RES 16-1718    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 10/5/2016
Title: Declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Dan Bostrom, Rebecca Noecker, Jane L. Prince, Russ Stark, Dai Thao, Chris Tolbert


Declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month



WHEREAS the City Council of Saint Paul, Minnesota recognizes that living free from domestic violence is a fundamental human right; and


WHEREAS domestic violence affects women, children and men of all races, sexual orientations, spiritual beliefs, ages, educational backgrounds and economic conditions; and


WHEREAS domestic violence involves physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, intimidation and isolation; and


WHEREAS domestic violence is a pattern of abuse used by a person to control and oppress another, and one in four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood; and


WHEREAS in 2015, seven people from Saint Paul and at least thirty-four Minnesotans lost their lives as a result of domestic violence; and


WHEREAS only one in every five domestic violence victims ever seek services and over 63,000 victims seek services from domestic violence programs in Minnesota every year; and


WHEREAS the City of Saint Paul, from the creation of The Blueprint for Safety to the establishment of Bridges to Safety--a collaboratively operated victim service center, is a nationally recognized leader in ensuring all victims and their children are safe and dangerous perpetrators are held accountable for their violence; and


WHEREAS we as a community, from our first responders, community-based domestic violence programs, justice system workers, medical providers, educators, government systems, faith communities, businesses and community leaders and members, must continue our unified groundbreaking work, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Saint Paul City Council declares October 2016 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and


FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that - in partnership with the Saint Paul Police Foundation, Saint Paul Firefighters Local 21, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and the Saint Paul Intervention Project - "Live Free Without Violence" flags will be hung on the Wabasha Street Bridge during the month of October, to honor domestic violence victims, and signify our continued commitment as an entire community to end domestic violence and safeguard the human rights of all.




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