The current mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti is October’s Domestic Violence Hero of the month due to his legislative push against domestic violence. The first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015, Garcetti issued an Executive Directive, which established the mayors Working Group Against Domestic Violence. This group is comprised of representatives from each city department of Los Angeles. These individuals are in charge of organizing supports for victims, raising awareness of prevention and the services available to the public.
The Executive Directive has also made a commitment to expanding the number of Family Justice Centers. These centers will be located in each geographic bureau in the Los Angeles Police Department, allowing more individuals to have access to services. These four centers are meant to help victims reestablish their lives with the help of law enforcement, mental health, social, legal, and medical services.
The Working Group Against Domestic Violence will also examine how existing city resources can be expanded. In order to make sure this is executed, each General Manager or Head of Department for the City of Los Angeles must submit an Action Plan Against Domestic Violence to implement prevention strategies and victims supports by March 1, 2016 to Mayor Garcetti.
Garcetti’s efforts to help end the cycle of domestic violence are already seen with his expansion of the city’s Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART). These teams are comprised of trained volunteers who work with law enforcement on the first responder team to assist victims of domestic violence. There are now 21 teams in each of the LAPD’s geographic division, more than doubling the original number of trained volunteer teams—providing emergency shelter, transportation assistance, safety plans and other supports.
On October 5, 2015, Garcetti explained in a news conference held to highlight DVA month that, “When City Hall, law enforcement, advocates and donors stand together, it sends a powerful message on behalf of the people of Los Angeles: We will not tolerate domestic violence, and we will step up our efforts to help victims become survivors.” Good Shepherd Shelter stands by Garcetti’s message of unity and will continue to strive with the city of Los Angeles to end the cycle of domestic violence.
See the Executive Directive No. 12 below: