Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 053443
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File Number: 053443 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte
File Name: ASSIST CHILDREN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Introduced: 12/22/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO DEVELOP A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLAN FOR CHILDREN THAT ASSISTS CHILDREN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT THE AFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 052821]
Indexes: CHILDREN
  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 3/15/2006 2C Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 2C Amended; Legislative No. 060930 for the amended version.)

County Attorney 1/25/2006 Referred Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 3/15/2006

Board of County Commissioners 1/24/2006 11A24 Deferred P
REPORT: The Board deferred and referred the foregoing proposed resolution to the Community Outreach, Safety and Healthcare Administration Committee as requested by Commissioner Sosa.

County Attorney 12/23/2005 Assigned Abigail Price-Williams 12/23/2005

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 12/14/2005 2A Amd Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Daron Fitch read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Sosa provided a brief report on the intent of this resolution. Commissioner Seijas asked that the child advocate hired by the County be the key person to initiate efforts to implement Section 2(f) of the foregoing proposed resolution. The Committee forwarded the foregoing proposed resolution to the Board of County Commissioners with a favorable recommendation with Committee amendments to replace the language: “Aspira of Florida, Inc.” in Section 2(a) with “Linda Ray Intervention Center and a CBO that is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse;” to add the following language to Section 2(g): “training those officers also to deal with the mentally ill;” and to delete the words “homicides involving.”

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO DEVELOP A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLAN FOR CHILDREN THAT ASSISTS CHILDREN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT THE AFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN

BODY
WHEREAS, domestic violence is a destructive and far-reaching social problem that impacts every segment of the community, particularly children; and
WHEREAS, children do not have to be physically or verbally abused to be hurt by domestic violence; and
WHEREAS, children who witness or are exposed to domestic violence are at greater risk of physical assault and behavioral, social, emotional, and cognitive problems which can create a cycle of violence that spans generations; and
WHEREAS, children impacted by domestic violence experience higher levels of aggression, anxiety, and depression; and also suffer from low self-esteem, poor school performance, and limited problem solving skills; and
WHEREAS, many children who witness domestic violence or are exposed to domestic violence go undetected because domestic violence remains a well-guarded family secret in many households; and
WHEREAS, this Board seeks to create and implement a Domestic Violence Plan for Children that increases public awareness of domestic violence and the negative impact that it has on children and provides increased services to children affected; and

WHEREAS, this Board also desires to collaborate with the Miami-Dade County School System and the Miami-Dade County Children's Trust ("Children's Trust") to educate children about domestic violence and anger management,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. The County Manager is directed to develop a Domestic Violence Plan for Children that will assist children impacted by domestic violence, raise awareness about the affects of domestic violence on children and educate children about domestic violence.
Section 2. The Plan shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following items in the development of the Domestic Violence Plan for Children:
(a) Creation of an alliance consisting of children's advocates and representatives from various entities to make recommendations to the County Manager regarding the development of a Domestic Violence Plan for Children. The advocates and representatives may be selected from the following entities: the State Attorney's Office of the 11th Judicial Circuit, the Miami-Dade County Police Department and Department of Human Services, the Miami-Dade County School Board, the Domestic Violence Oversight Board, Safe Space Foundation, The University of Miami's Linda Ray Intervention Center, and a community based organization dedicated to child abuse prevention.
(b) Development of age appropriate programs by the Department of Human Services and the Children's Trust to educate children about domestic violence and anger management including, but not limited to, skits, puppet shows, panel discussions, workshops and teen dating sessions.

(c) Creation of a partnership between the Department of Human Services, the Miami-Dade County School Board and the Children's Trust to incorporate said domestic violence programs into the school curriculum and provide increased student counseling and teacher training.
(d) Development of a community-wide public awareness media campaign about the impact of domestic violence on children and available resources. The campaign shall include, without limitation, public service announcements in the print media and on Miami-Dade TV; advertisements and announcements in County facilities, on County property and on the County website; and modification of the Department of Human Services website to include specific information on the impact of domestic violence on children and available services.
(e) The provision of additional services for children residing at County shelters and housing facilities including, but not limited to, additional individual and group therapeutic counseling services and the establishment of a funded budget for emergency, educational and recreational needs of children who are residing at County shelters or facilities.
(f) Designation of social workers or child advocates to assess the needs of children immediately after a domestic violence incident.
(g) Development of a Miami-Dade Police Department protocol for responding to domestic violence crime scenes when children are present including, but not limited to, notifying social workers or child advocates with experience in the area of domestic violence to assist the victim and his or her children and documenting details about any children present.
(h) Training of Miami-Dade Police Department officers to better prepare them for responding to domestic violence incidents that impact children and incidents involving the mentally ill.
Section 3. Within 90 days of the effective date of this Resolution, the County Manager shall submit a written report to the Community Outreach, Safety & Health Administration Committee detailing Miami-Dade County's Domestic Violence Plan for Children and implementation schedule. Following Committee consideration and acceptance of the Plan, the Plan shall be submitted to the Board for approval.



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