MIAMI – The Domestic Violence Oversight Board was established by Miami-Dade County Ordinance in 1994 and on Oct. 1, 2019, it was moved to the Office of Community Advocacy by County resolution. The board’s first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon at the BCC Chambers, 111 NW 1st Street, second floor.
The Domestic Violence Oversight Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners with respect to all issues affecting or relating to domestic violence. The 15-member board appointed by the Miami-Dade County Commission and County Mayor includes survivors of domestic violence, service providers, judges, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other stakeholders.
In the past decade, the board has seen some important gains in Miami-Dade County’s response to domestic violence. For example, the number of reported domestic violence related offenses county wide decreased by approximately 23% from 2008 through 2018. That said, 2018 was one of the deadliest years on record in recent history, with 44 domestic violence related deaths, representing 14-15% of all homicides countywide. Despite important strides in our community’s response, it is clear domestic violence and sexual assault remain a pressing public health issue, on all levels.
The public is invited to the meeting where the board will discuss the needs of domestic violence victims and survivors, gaps in community response to intimate partner violence, and additional steps needed to prevent and end domestic violence.
For more information, please contact Domestic Violence Oversight Director Elizabeth Regalado at 305-375-2861. Media questions should be directed to Griselle Marino at 305 375-1585.
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