The Facebook group “Help End Systemic Domestic Violence – Advocacy” has been created. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the group
Let us do the work to update current legislative policies to include coercive control and to further protect and empower victims and survivors on the courtroom. The welcome message to the Group is below:
I invited you to this group because you and I at one point had a conversation about how we could make things better by helping to end systemic domestic violence. (I wrote more info in the “About/Description” of this group.)
I would like to be intentional in passing these bills in the next legislative session, and I am hoping you can help. (The drafts are at http://www.feliciachew.com/dvssleg, and a description of the work that was done is available at http://www.feliciachew.com/dvssadvocacy)
WHAT I KNOW:
The bills need sponsors (several Reps and Senators have expressed interest, including Rep Kirsten Engel, Rep Pamela Powers Hannley, Senator David Bradley and Senator Steele. I have also reached out to Rep Mitzi Epstein, Rep Alma Hernandez, Rep. Finchem, and a few other Representatives.) Former Rep Todd Clodfelter and I worked together to try to open a docket (not sure if that is the right term); however, it was too late.
WHAT I DON’T KNOW:
I have never been through this process before, so I don’t know the “due” dates, and I also don’t know what I don’t know.
WHAT I (UNDERSTAND/THINK I) NEED:
I am in need of individuals who will help in the following ways (forgive me for using my style of middle school classroom teacher je Shakespeare language… it is the language I speak):
1. Materials/Tools/Resource Gatherers – Folks to help bring information about what else is being done (there is a lot being done; however none of what is being done addresses the gaps that are included in the current drafts)
2. Editors/Commentators – Folks to read the drafts and help edit them
3. Publicity/Word Spreaders/Outreachers – Folks to get buy in from the community that Domestic Violence is real, and we need to do something differently from what we are doing
4. Testifiers – Folks who will go to the Legislative sessions to speak out.
I hope you are still interested and able in helping to make things better by helping to update the Legislative policies.
Thank you. Kalamajong,
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