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Domestic Violence

As Mayor of the City of Brantford, our hope is to raise awareness as a community and work to resolve this very serious problem of domestic violence.

In March 2006 The Mayor’s Task Force was set up in response to the two tragic domestic violence murders.  The task force was made up of representatives of community organizations dedicated to serving the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

In the year 2011 the Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence was changed to an Advisory Committee, which led to a transition period for the Committee.  The Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence continued to work and support the community organizations that have been identified by the Domestic Violence Awareness (DiVA) Committee to raise awareness and take a leading role in developing projects that will reduce family violence in the community.

In December 2012 Council was presented with a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence to streamline the number of reporting bodies and frequency of meetings, recognizing the existing pressures on social services agencies in our community, while maintaining a needed link with City Council.  The following resolution was presented at the Committee of the Whole – Operations and Administration on Monday, December 10, 2012, and adopted, as amended, by Brantford City Council on December 17, 2012:

13. Domestic Violence Advisory Committee – Change in Structure and Funds in DiVA Business Unit

A.WHEREAS domestic violence is a community problem and continues to require a community solution; and

WHEREAS the Domestic Violence Awareness (DiVA) Committee has been in existence since 2006 as a subcommittee of the previous Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence (2006 – 2010) and more recently as a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and is comprised of community leaders and designates involved with the issue of domestic violence representing a broad spectrum of services and sectors; and

WHEREAS DiVA was created as a grassroots community based Committee whose mission continues to be the elimination of domestic violence in the City of Brantford and County of Brant and the development and implementation of a Domestic Violence Public Awareness strategy; and

WHEREAS DiVA will extend an invitation to all members of the current Domestic Violence Advisory Committee who are not currently members of DiVA to sit on their Committee; and

WHEREAS the City's Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence would like to streamline the number of reporting bodies and frequency of meetings, recognizing the existing pressures on social service agencies in our community, while maintaining a needed link with City Council;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

  1. THAT the Domestic Violence Advisory Committee BE DISBANDED as a formal Advisory Committee of the City, with all related functions continuing to be provided by DiVA, a stand-alone community-based Committee; and
  2. THAT the City BE REQUESTED to appoint one Member of Council to serve on the DiVA Committee when annual Council appointments are made to maintain a link with Members of City Council and that the member appointed for the 2013 term be Councillor Ceschi-Smith; and
  3. THAT the Mayor BE INVITED to attend quarterly meetings of the DiVA Committee to be kept apprised of the ongoing actions and needs of the group; and
  4. THAT staff of Public Health, Safety and Social Services CONTINUE to provide financial and administrative monitoring and support to the DiVA Committee; and
  5. THAT the Chair and Vice-Chair of the DiVA Committee BE INVITED to attend the Annual Meeting of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the City's Boards and Advisory Committees with the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to be kept apprised of the City's priorities and how the DiVA Committee can assist in this regard; and
  6. THAT the DiVA Committee BE INVITED to submit an Annual Report for consideration by City Council when Annual Reports from all other Boards and Advisory Committees are presented, to maintain an annual reporting relationship with the City.

A. THAT the balance of the 2012 funds from the DiVA Business Unit 701710 BE REALLOCATED as follows:

Refrigerator Doors: $6,700
Taylor the Turtle: $1,800
Hairspray Campaign: $ 3,000

B. THAT should any funds remain in the DiVA Business Unit 701710 at the end of 2012, that they BE CARRIED over to the 2013 DiVA Business Unit 701710.

I am confident that the DiVA Committee will continue to enhance the original mandate of the Mayor’s Task Force and make very important contributions to the future health and safety of our community. 

Sincerely,
Chris Friel
Mayor, City of Brantford