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Record #: R2014-712   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/8/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for hearing(s) on domestic violence and additional resources for victims
Sponsors: Laurino, Margaret, Graham, Deborah L.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Finance
Attachments: 1. R2014-712.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, the problem of domestic violence afflicts families and individuals in every walk of life, transcending racial, ethnic, cultural and economic divisions; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that nationwide domestic violence helplines receive over 20,000 telephone calls per day; and

WHEREAS, it is also estimated that every year in this country there are over 10 million incidents of domestic violence; and

WHEREAS, despite its prevalence, domestic violence remains the most under-reported crime in America; and

WHEREAS, October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during which all Americans are asked to overcome their reluctance to deal with the problem of domestic violence by becoming more informed about the extent of domestic violence and appropriate societal responses to it; and

WHEREAS, numerous advocacy organizations have been established to provide legal services, emergency shelter and social services to victims of domestic violence in and around Chicago; and

WHEREAS, one of the services available to a victim of domestic violence is an order of protection, issued by the local court, to confer legal protection on the victim and to impose limits on actions of the abuser; and

WHEREAS, the Circuit Court of Cook County has acted admirably, opening a courthouse devoted to domestic violence cases, and also dedicating courtrooms at various other locations to domestic violence cases; and

WHEREAS, in spite of the resources now available, there is currently no assured way for a victim of domestic violence to obtain an order of protection during overnight hours and on weekends, when most courtrooms are closed; and

WHEREAS, the publicized and sure availability of relief in the Circuit Court would be of great assistance to victims of domestic violence; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council, through its Committee on Finance, conduct hearings into the extent of domestic violence in the City of Chicago, and the availability of resourc...

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