Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles announced yesterday a citywide expansion of Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART). Currently, Los Angeles has DART teams in 10 Police Department Divisions. By the end of this year, all twenty-one divisions will be equipped with DART teams, thanks to support of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and First Lady of Los Angeles, Amy Elaine Wakeland.
Mayor Garcetti’s public safety strategy for 2015 is focused on reducing crime and securing trust between the LAPD and the people it serves. The expansion of domestic violence programs is an important part to accomplish this goal.
DART teams, consisting of civilian advocates and LAPD police officers, provide victims and their families with services and critical interventions including information and referral assistance, emergency shelter services, outreach, community education, assistance in developing safety plans, individual and group counseling, transportation, and other supportive services for adults and children in shelters. Mayor Garcetti said, “DART teams work directly with the LAPD and offer victims immediate and on-going services to break the cycle of violence once and for all”.
Domestic violence outreach and prevention will extend to Mayor Garcetti’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development program (GRYD). Specialized training will be provided for all GRYD staff, case managers and intervention workers and all GRYD agencies will offer domestic violence resources and services. Also, the 2015 Summer Night Lights programming, which serves thousands of LA families every year, will incorporate healthy relationship trainings and activities.
Mayor Garcetti is making great strides to end the cycle of domestic violence. We at Good Shepherd Shelter are thankful and looking forward to be a part of the process.
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