Commissioner Sosa wants domestic violence eradicated in Miami-Dade County
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a legislative package, sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, aimed at curbing domestic violence. Commissioner Sosa’s comprehensive approach involves multiple agencies and stakeholders to provide a unified front to address and prevent this scourge in our society.
Commissioner Sosa’s multi-faceted effort to prevent domestic violence, calls for:
- The launch of a long-term marketing, outreach and fundraising campaign to raise awareness and aid in the prevention of domestic violence. Click here to view the resolution: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152423.pdf
- Collaboration with private, charter and public schools to provide a Domestic Violence Educational Program to Elementary, Middle and High School students. The program shall feature separate classes for boys and girls on topics such as how to identify domestic violence triggers, control violent impulses, and recognize and report signs of abuse. Click here to view the resolution: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152431.pdf
- The creation of a Domestic Violence Education Trust Fund to provide a long-term funding solution to Miami-Dade County’s efforts to combat domestic violence. Click here to view the resolution: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152432.pdf
- Urging the U.S. Congress and State Legislature to raise fines and impose stiffer penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence. Click here to view the resolution: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2015/152430.pdf
“Together we can help those who have had their lives upended by domestic violence and let them know that they are not alone; they do not have to suffer in silence,” said Commissioner Sosa. “Our community is full of great people who will join us in spreading the message of hope and take an active part in stopping this abuse.” Continued Commissioner Sosa, “We, as your elected officials have to step up and work together. By coupling educational approaches with greater community involvement and stronger penalties, we can go a long way towards making sure that people do not have to live in fear.”