Seattle City Council Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee 7/16/19


>>>GOOD AFTERNOON. TODAY IS TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019, AND IT IS 12:05 P.M. THIS IS A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GENDER EQUITY, SAFE COMMUNITIES, NEW AMERICANS, AND EDUCATION COMMITTEES. I’M COUNCILMEMBER LORENA GONZALEZ AND JOINING ME IS MY COHOST AND COMMITTEE MEMBER, COUNCILMEMBER ABEL PACHECO. THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME, AND THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE COLLABORATION ON THIS JOINT EFFORT TO FRAME UP THIS CONVERSATION TODAY. SO THERE’S A FEW WONKY LOGISTICAL ROBERT RULES OF ORDER I’VE GOT TO SAY. THE AGENDA WILL BE ADOPTED IF THERE’S NO OBJECTION. HEARING NO OBJECTION, TODAY’S AGENDA IS ADOPTED. WE HAVE ONE ITEM ON TODAY’S AGENDA, AND THAT IS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH OUR FRIENDS AT THE COALITION AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND THE WASHINGTON STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE SEATTLE CITY ATTORNEY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT AND THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S VICTIM SUPPORT UNIT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES AND GAPS IN THE SYSTEM. WE’LL BE HOLDING PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE END OF TODAY’S LUNCH AND LEARN. SO WE’LL GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WITH THE PANEL FIRST AND THEN WE’LL DO PUBLIC COMMENT LAST. SO I WILL ASK ROXANA TO READ AGENDA ITEM ONE INTO THE RECORD. AND THEN I WOULD INVITE FOLKS FROM — HERE REPRESENTING THOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE TABLE AS SHE DOES THAT.>>AGENDA ITEM ONE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES AND GAPS FOR BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION.>>GREAT, THANK YOU, ROXANA. AND WE HAVE OUR FRIENDS MAKING THEIR WAY UP TO THE COMMITTEE TABLE. AND THEN YOU’LL JUST — I JUST ASK THAT YOU NOT SIT IN THIS FIRST SEAT BECAUSE THAT’S ROXANA’S SEAT. BUT OTHERWISE, ANY SEAT YOU’D LIKE. AND THEN WE DO HAVE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION, YES? SO ROXANA WILL HELP WITH MAKING SURE THAT IS FIRED UP FOR US. AND THEN SOMEBODY WILL NEED TO SIT CLOSE TO THAT COMPUTER TO DRIVE. GREAT. OKAY. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T JOINED US AT THE TABLE BEFORE, YOU’LL NEED TO SPEAK DIRECTLY INTO THE MICROPHONE. OFTEN THYMES YOU HAVE TO GET IT UNCOMFORTABLY CLOSE TO YOUR MOUTH, BUT THAT’S — THEY’RE SENSITIVE BUT NOT SO SENSITIVE ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN BE FAR AWAY FROM THEM. THERE’S ALSO A LITTLE BUTTON ON THE STEM THAT’S GRAY. AND THAT’S HOW YOU TURN THE MICROPHONE ON OR OFF IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE ON THE BUTTON SHOULD BE GREEN. SO JUST MAKE SURE IT’S — THE LITTLE LIGHT IS GREEN IF IT’S FOOT. SO WE WILL GO AHEAD AND START WITH A ROUND OF INTRODUCTIONS AND THEN PERHAPS COUNCILMEMBER PACHECO AND I CAN MAKE INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND THEN WE’LL KICK IT OVER TO YOU ALL TO LEAD US THROUGH THE PRESENTATION. SO LET’S GO WITH INTRODUCTIONS FIRST. SO NAME AND ORGANIZATION THAT YOU’RE HERE REPRESENTING.>>I’M KATHERINE, I’M A PROSECUTOR WITH THE CITY OF SEATTLE.>>I’M ROSA, A VICTIM ADVOCATE FOR THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.>>COUSIN WITH THE COALITION ENDING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE HERE IN SEATTLE KING COUNTY.>>I’M SUSAN SEE GEL WITH NEW BEGINNING.>>JUDY CHEN, WASHINGTON STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.>>I’M DANA, I’M WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.>>THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. SO ONE OF THE CENTRAL AREAS THAT MY COMMITTEE FOCUSES ON ARE ISSUES RELATED TO GENDER EQUITY AS PART — AND ALSO THE INTERSECTION OF PUBLIC SAFETY. AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF DOING SERVING ON THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION COUNCIL WITH SOME OF YOU, IN FACT, AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THAT ROOM TO TALK BOTH ABOUT THE WORK THAT THE CITY AND THE REGION IS DOING TOGETHER TO PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TO SUPPORT THE RESILIENCE AND THE RECOVERY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE ALSO TALK A LOT ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE SAME SORT OF VEIN. BUT TODAY WE REALLY WANTED TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AROUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOW THE SYSTEM IS OR ISN’T WORKING FOR SURVIVORS OR CURRENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WHAT THE CITY COUNCIL IN PARTICULAR COULD DO TO BETTER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE YOURS THAT REALLY DO A FANTASTIC JOB OF WORKING WITH INTERNAL AGENCIES LIKE THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ON REALLY ACCOMPLISHING THE WORK OF INVESTING IN AND ENSURING THE RECOVERY OF VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND REALLY APPRECIATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH COUNCILMEMBER PACHECO ABOUT HIS INTEREST IN THIS SPACE AS WELL. AND REALLY HAPPY WE WERE ABLE TO PARTNER TOGETHER ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THIS CONVERSATION AND TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM YOU ALL ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING WELL AND WHAT WE COULD DO MORE OF. AND OF COURSE, THIS IS ALL IN ANTICIPATION OF WA WILL BE THE BUDGET PROCESS THAT KICKS OFF AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND WE ALWAYS — I HAVE ALWAYS PRIORITIZED MAKING ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS OR PROTECTING PRIOR INVESTMENTS IN THIS SPACE. AND WANTED TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE PROACTIVE ABOUT THOSE EFFORT THIS IS TIME AROUND. COUNCILMEMBER PACHECO, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD? I CAUGHT YOU AT A BAD — I DID THE THING WHERE I CAUGHT YOU JUST –>>NO, I JUST THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE AND THANK COUNCILMEMBER CON GALLESS FOR STARTING THIS DISCUSSION. I’M HOPING TO BE, AS SHE SAID, IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUDGET AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT, BUT ALSO ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS. THANK YOU.>>ALL RIGHT. WHO WANTS TO LEAD US OFF?>>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JUDY CHEN, I’M WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND I THINK THERE ARE SLIDES? YES. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING THE ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF — MEMBER PROGRAMS AROUND THE STATE SERVING ALL 39 COUNTIES AND SEVERAL TRIBES. OF OUR 70 PLUS MEMBER PROGRAMS, ACTUALLY ONLY 42 ARE NOW WA WE THINK OF AS TRADITIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SHELTER-BASED PROGRAMS THAT HAVE STATE CONTRACTS. THE BALANCE ARE COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS AND REMOTE RURAL COMMUNITIES, TRIBES, AND CULTURALLY SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES. AND ACTUALLY A FULL THIRD ARE CULTURALLY SPECIFIC OR TRIABLE. WE HAVE PEOPLE DOING AMAZING WORK. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE AMAZING WORK PEOPLE ARE DOING, NOT JUST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EMERGENCY SERVICES, BUT ALSO WORKING WERE FAIR WAGES. YOU CAN SEE THAT’S A TOTE TESTIMONY POLE CARVED AT A RESERVATION. NEXT PLEASE. WE’RE MOVING FROM BEING NATIONALLY FROM BEING REACTIVE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE CRISIS OF VIOLENCE TO MOVING UPSTREAM SO THAT ALL PEOPLE CAN LIVE AND LIVE FREELY WITHOUT FEAR. TO DO THAT, WE ARE REALLY ROOTING IN CORNERSTONES OF RACE EQUITY, ECONOMIC JUSTICE, AND GENDER AND REPRODUCTIVE LIBERATION. AND I’M VERY EXCITED TO BE LOOKING AT NEW PATHWAYS AROUND, FOR EXAMPLE, RETHINKING CRIMINAL LEGAL SOLUTIONS TO VIOLENCE SO THAT THERE ARE MORE OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ESPECIALLY IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. THE COALITION IS THE LEADING VOICE, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. SUPPORTING MEMBERS, ENGAGING THE PUBLIC, AND DOING WORK. I WANT TO THANK THE COUNCIL FOR YOUR WORK ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND JUST I’M SO DIETED — NEXT SLIDE PLEASE — ABOUT WHAT ARE NOW STATEWIDE RIGHTS THAT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND STALKING HAVE TO NOT BE FIRED FROM THEIR JOB BECAUSE OF THEIR VICTIMIZATION OR FOR SEEKING HELP, FOR EXAMPLE. WE HAVE A NEW GUIDE FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WE KNOW FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY DATA. AND DOING ALMOST TWO DECADES OF REVIEWING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES AND MURDER-SUICIDES THAT SURVIVORS GO TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WAY MORE THAN THEY GO TO OTHER SOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY. SO REACHING FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BOTH FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH SURVIVORING ABUSE, AND PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH HURTING SOMEONE ELSE. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS 100% PREVENTABLE. THAT’S OUR MESSAGE. IT’S 100% PREVENTABLE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MANY OF YOU AT THE 5K AT T-MOBILE PARK, MAR THE NERS, THIS SATURDAY. AND WE’RE ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THE WORK WE’VE BEEN DOING STATEWIDE WITH THE REFUSE TO USE PROGRAM AND OUR PREVENTION WORK TO REACH PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE, IN ALL 39 COUNTY OF THE STATE WITH EVIDENCE-BASED AND PROMISING PRACTICES AROUND PREVENTION. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SUPPORTING OUR MEMBER PROGRAMS IS OUR OTHER BUCKET. AND WHAT I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO IT MAINLY IS THE MOBILE ADVOCACY WORK THAT IS A PROMISING PRACTICE. WE’RE GATHERING EVIDENCE THAT I’LL TALK ABOUT IN A LITTLE BIT THROUGH RESEARCH STUDY, AND JUST SO PLEASED THAT THE CITY OF SEATTLE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN SUPPORTING MOBILE ADVOCACY TO REACH SURVIVORS SO THAT, SO, YOU KNOW, JUST WA WE KNOW IS THAT WHEN SOMEBODY IS SURVIVING ABUSE, YOU KNOW, TRADITIONALLY PEOPLE HAVE TO GO TO AN OFFICE ACROSS TOWN WITH THEIR KIDS ON THE BUS. MAY NOT HAVE THE BUS MONEY. YOU GET THERE, YOU GO AND YOU’RE TELLING A STRANGER ABOUT THE MOST INTIMATE AND OFTEN EMBARRASSING DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE AND WHAT YOU’VE BEEN DEALING WITH. AND FOR MANY PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO GO SOME PLACE IS IMPORTANT. BUT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE HAVING SOMEONE TO COME TO WHERE THEY ARE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY DON’T HAVE A CAR, THEY HAVE TO STAY HOME WITH THEIR KIDS, OR THEY WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT, IT’S JUST SO DIFFICULT TO GET TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY AND HAVING SOMEONE COME TO THEM OR MEET THEM AT McDONALD’S AND THEIR KIDS CAN PLAY, WHATEVER IT IS TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON AND GETTING HELP, THAT THAT IS A PROMISING PRACTICE THAT REACHES SO MANY MORE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH OR HAVE OTHER BARRIERS SUCH AS DISABILITIES. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND THEN OUR THIRD BUCKET IS AROUND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AND REALLY RECOGNIZING THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WE NEED TO HAVE GOOD JOBS. PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE GOOD JOBS WHERE THEY CAN EARN LIVING WAGES AND HAVE SAFE TIME OFF OF WORK SO THEY CAN GO AND GET HELP. THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING IN THE FIELDS PICKING THE APPLES AND ALL THE FRUITS THAT ARE ON OUR — GRACE OUR TABLES, THAT THEY DESERVE HELP TOO. AND THAT FOR SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS LIKE CHARLEENA LYLES KILLED IN SEATTLE A FEW YEARS AGO, THAT SURVIVING VIOLENCE AND HAVING COMPLEX ISSUES IN THEIR LIVES, THAT THOSE ARE FOLKS WHO NEED HELP AND NEED HELP THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO, HEY, THIS IS THE LAST ONE. SO ONE OF THE QUESTION THAT IS WE OFTEN GET IS WHAT WILL REDUCE VIOLENCE AND REPAIR THE HARM AND THE TRAUMA THAT FAMILIES EXPERIENCE FROM PEOPLE WHO USE ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS? ONE OF THE THINGS WE NOTE, YOU SEE THIS IMAGE OF THIS WAS A SNAPSHOT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES AND MURDER-SUICIDES IN WASHINGTON STATE. ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW FROM MANY YEARS OF GATHERING THIS DATA, IS THAT PERPETRATORS USE GUNS MORE OFTEN THAN ANY OTHER WEAPON COMBINED. AND WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN OTHER STATES IS THAT WHEN PEOPLE WHO ARE DANGEROUS ABUSERS HAVE THOSE WEAPONS REMOVED THAT THERE IS A REDUCTION IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY. AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HARM FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH FOR WOMEN IN THE U.S. FROM SOMEONE THAT THEY KNOW. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO EXPAND COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY AND HAVE IT NOT JUST BE THAT THE SURVIVOR’S ACCOUNTABLE FOR ENDING THE VIOLENCE, BUT WHOLE COMMUNITY IS PART OF THAT. WE KNOW THAT SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE ISSUES FACING SURVIVORS, AND IT’S ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW THAT SURVIVORS OFTEN SAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO LEAVE AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP, WHAT SURVIVORS HAVE TOLD US IN FOCUS GROUPS, IS THAT ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THAT THEY HAVE TO RETURN IS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD LIFE — HEALTH INSURANCE, THEY CAN’T AFFORD RENT, THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO NOT LIVE WITH THAT ABUSIVE PERSON. SO LIVING WAGES AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ARE KEY. IN TERMS OF NEEDS THAT CITY COUNCIL MIGHT CONSIDER, RELIABLE NONCOMPETITIVE FUNDING THAT FOCUSES ON BEST AND PROMISING PRACTICES INCLUDING MOBILE ADVOCACY AND FLEXIBLE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. SO FOR EXAMPLE, TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN YOUR OWN APARTMENT. BUT THOSE ARE PROMISING PRACTICES THAT SHOULD BE CONTINUED TO BE ENCOURAGED. AND WE WILL — WE’RE ACTUALLY, I HAVE SOME HANDOUTS FOR THE COUNCIL AND FOR PARTICIPANTS TODAY ABOUT WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING FIRST. BUT WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT OFTENTIMES PEOPLE CAN STAY IN THEIR OWN PLACE WITH NOT A LOT OF INVESTMENT COMPARED TO WHAT IT COST TO KEEP PEOPLE IN 24/7 SHELTER. SO SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, IT’S ALWAYS SAD TO HEAR — TO HAVE A SURVIVOR CALL AND SAY I KNOW I’M GOING TO BE EVICTED BECAUSE I CAN’T AFFORD THE RENT OR I’M OR I HAD A BIG DEBT COME UP THAT I NEED TO PAY OFF. AND SO I’M CALLING AHEAD TO SEE IF YOU KNOW OF ANY SHELTERS WHERE I COULD GO. AND YOU KNOW, WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE ONCE THEY HAVE AN EVICTION ON THEIR RENTAL RECORD OR THEIR CREDIT, RIGHT? IT’S VERY HARD TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY STABLE. SO WE’RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THIS — OF THE PRELIMINARY EVALUATION, ACTUALLY, I SHOULDN’T SAY PRELIMINARY. MANY YEARS OF EVALUATION THAT WE’VE DONE, INCLUDING THAT 96% OF SURVIVORS WERE ABLE TO RETAIN HOUSING AFTER 18 MONTHS. SO WE’RE WORKING WITH THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION AND THE FEDS TO DO A STUDY AND THE RESULTS WILL BE COMPLETE IN 2021. BUT WE’D BE HAPPY TO COME BACK OR SHARE WITH YOUR OFFICES AT ANOTHER TIME. WE’LL HAVE SOME SHORT-TERM HOUSING OUTCOME RESULTS IN DECEMBER AS WELL AS SOME DATA ON THE IMPACT OF THE FLEXIBLE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.>>THAT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE ABLE TO GET A PREVIEW OF SOME OF THOSE OPTIONS. I KNOW THAT NOT ONLY STATEWIDE AND NATIONALLY ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN ENTERING INTO A STATE OF EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE –>>CORRECT.>>– AND YOU KNOW, SEATTLE IS NOT AN OUTLIER, UNFORTUNATELY, IN TERMS OF THAT STATISTIC. IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT A LARGE PORTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN FACING AND EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR OWN CITY AND IN THE COUNTY CAN SAY THE SAME THING. MANY OF THEM HAVE REPORTED EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE IN THE HOME, EITHER A YOUTH, YOU KNOW, WHO HAS EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE AT HOME OR PARTNER ON PARTNER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SO I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET A REALLY CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THAT IMPACTS HOUSING STABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNFORTUNATELY TRYING TO BREAK THIS CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AND NEEDING ALL OF THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. AND I’M NOT SURE IF YOU’RE ALL AWARE OF THIS OR NOT BUT COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD IS LEADING A CONVERSATION ABOUT POTENTIAL LEGISLATION AT THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO FURTHER EXTEND SOME PROTECTIONS TO VICTIMS OF DEATHIC VIOLENCE IN THE AREA OF EVICTION. SO REALLY IMPORTANT CONVERSATION. AND I BELIEVE SHE JUST KICKED OFF THAT CONVERSATION IN HER COMMITTEE LAST WEEK. AND I BELIEVE IT’S IN HER COMMITTEE. BUT WE’LL MAKE SURE TO SHARE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITH YOU ALL TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE HAS THE BENEFIT OF THIS WONDERFUL INFORMATION ABOUT PARTICULAR PROMISING PRACTICES IN THE HOUSING FIRST MODEL THAT IS UNIQUE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EITHER AT RISK OF EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR WHO ARE ACTIVELY EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR RECOVERING. WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS ON YOUR ALL’S COLLECTIVE RADAR THAT THERE’S AN EFFORT AT THE CITY TO REALLY TACKLE THIS EVICTION COMPLEXITY RELATED TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.>>WELL, WE’RE QUITE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE HEAR FROM SURVIVORS AROUND HOW THIS HAS INCREASED THEIR SAFETY AND REDUCED FURTHER VICTIMIZATION IN THE DATA. SO WE’LL BE GLAD TO — MORE ON THAT. I THOUGHT THE COUNCIL MIGHT BE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED ABOUT REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT SURVIVORS, ABOUT 22% OF THE PARTICIPANTS. I DID NOT PRINT OUT THE 134-PAGE REPORT, BUT IT IS ONLINE. LASTLY, YOU KNOW, OUR TWO FURTHER POINTS AND THEN I’LL YIELD TO OR TURN TO MY COLLEAGUES IS THAT LACK OF CAPACITY FOR MEETING BASIC HUMAN NEEDS FOR SURVIVORS AND THEIR CHILDREN CONTINUES TO BE A HUGE PROBLEM STATEWIDE. THEIR TURN AWAY RATES ARE TREMENDOUS IN OUR STATE. AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT BUILDING MORE AND MORE AND MORE SHELTER ISN’T THE ANSWER. THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR THE NEED. IF WE ARE MEETING PEOPLE AFTER THEY HAVE ALL OF THE VIOLENCE HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY AND ALL OF THEIR RESOURCES HAVE GONE DOWN. THEY HAVE NO MONEY LEFT, NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY WHO THEY’RE CONNECTED WITH BECAUSE WE KNOW ISOLATION IS THE FIRST THING TO KICK IN. AND THAT IS IF WE ARE SEEING PEOPLE AT THAT POINT, THEIR NEEDS ARE TREMENDOUS AND IT’S SO HARD TO FULFILL THOSE NEEDS. WHEN WE GO UPSTREAM AND HELP PEOPLE BEFORE THEY’VE BEEN EVICTED, BEFORE THE VIOLENCE HAS PEAKED, BEFORE THEIR CHILDREN HAVE EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS TRAUMA, THAT IS — THAT’S THE PROMISE OF WHAT WE COULD DO, AND THOSE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS AND PREVENTION AND EARLIER INTERVENTIONS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. AND LASTLY, RETHINKING CRIMINAL LEGAL SOLUTIONS TO VIOLENCE IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE BEGINNING TO ENGAGE A LOT MORE WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AROUND THE STATE AND THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM AS WELL AND COMMUNITIES KNOWING THAT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THAT NEEDS TO BE AN OPTION. AND ALL OF US AS CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS CRIMINAL — THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM TO PROTECT OURSELVES, BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING ELSE ON THE MENU BESIDES THAT. THERE NEEDS TO BE OTHER OPTIONS. SO REALLY LOOKING AT HOUSING, LIVING WAGES, ECONOMIC OPTIONS, OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL FAMILIES. THANK YOU.>>I APPRECIATE THAT HIGHLIGHT, THAT LAST POINT, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE VIABILITY OF, IN THAT CRIMINAL LEGAL CONVERSATION, HOW DO WE — IF THE CONVERSATION HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY FOCUSED ON VICTIMS AND VICTIMS ONLY, ARE WE LEAVING OTHER CREATIVE INNOVATIVE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE THAT COULD FALL INTO THE RUBRIC OF PREVENTIVE MEASURE THAT IS WE COULD TAKE INTO PLACE TO PREVENT THE VIOLENCE FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE WHICH IS REALLY WHAT I THINK THE INTEREST AND THE GOAL ULTIMATELY IS AS OPPOSED TO HAVING THE BLUNT INSTRUMENT OF, YOU KNOW, PUNITIVELY PENALIZING PEOPLE WHO MIGHT ACTUALLY BE SUSCEPTIBLE AND AMENABLE TO SOME OTHER TYPE OF INTERVETION THAT IS NOT QUITE AS A BLUNT INSTRUMENT. NOT SAYING THAT THAT IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY SINGLE SITUATION, BUT CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, APPRECIATE THE SPIRIT OF HAVING CONVERSATIONS THAT LEND THEMSELVES TO A MORE LISTIC APPROACH TO BE ABLE TO REALLY COMMIT TO THESE ISSUES.>>IF I COULD ADDRESS THAT POINT VERY BRIEFLY, BECAUSE I KNOW MY TIME IS PROBABLY UP, I THINK ONE OF THE LENSES THAT I TRY TO LOOK AT IT WITH IS, OF COURSE, WE WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUSING HARM AND THROUGH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO BE ACCOUNTABLE. AND WE KNOW THAT THERE’S — IT’S A VERY COMPLEX ISSUE AND THAT FOR SO MANY SURVIVORS — SO I WANT THAT ACCOUNTABILITY. AND FOR MANY SURVIVORS THEY CAN’T ACCESS THAT SYSTEM SAFELY. SO WHAT ABOUT THEM?>>YEAH, YEAH. ABSOLUTELY. EXCELLENT POINT. COUNCILMEMBER PACHECO, ANYTHING BEFORE WE MOVER TO THE NEXT ORGANIZATION? OKAY, GREAT.>>I’M UP NEXT. I THINK — SO AGAIN, MY NAME IS MERRILL COUSIN AND I HAVE THE HONOR SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR FOR THE COALITION ENDING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE. WE EXPANDED OUR MISSION TO INCLUDE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE AND OTHER FORMS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN OUR MISSION. SO ARE A PARALLEL SISTER AGENCY TO THE STATE COALITION AND OUR STATE SEXUAL ASSAULT COALITION WORKING AT THE REGIONAL, SO SEATTLE, KING COUNTY LEVEL ON THESE ISSUES. AND THIS IS JUST A LIST OF — THIS ISN’T EVEN ALL OF OUR MEMBERS. THESE ARE OUR MEMBER PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE SOME KIND OF SERVICES TO SURVIVORS OF GENDER H-BASED VIOLENCE, SO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING, AND ALSO LGBTQ VIOLENCE. AND LIKE THE STATE COALITION — AND MANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALSO MEMBER OF THE STATE COALITION. AND SO WE DEFINITELY WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND A LOT OF WHAT THE STATE COALITION DOES IS SORT OF SET THE BROADER OR THE STATE COALITION SET THE SORT OF BROADER VISION AND STATEWIDE AGENDA. AND THEN WE WORK WITH OUR MEMBERS HERE IN SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY TO SUPPORT THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. SO EVERYTHING THAT JUDY SAID ABOUT SORT OF THE ROOTS AND SORT OF HOW WE APPROACH THIS WORK IS BEING ROOTED IN RACIAL, ECONOMIC, GENDER, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. I THINK WOULD HOLD FOR US. AND LIKE THE STATE COALITION, WE DO NOT PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES OURSELVES. OUR — WE WORK WITH OUR OUR MEMBER PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT THEM TO DO THE WORK OF SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. SO OUR MISSION IS TO END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND PROMOTE EQUITABLE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AND LIKE THE STATE COALITION WE IDENTIFY SEVERAL BUCKETS OF HOW OUR WORK FITS. AND WE DO THAT BY LEADING POLICY EFFORTS AT THE CITY AND COUNTY LEVEL BY CONNECTING OUR MEMBERS WITH EACH OTHER TO SHARE RESOURCES, COORDINATE SERVICES, SET COMMON AGENDAS AROUND LOCAL POLICY ISSUES. AND ALSO TO CONNECT OUR MEMBERS TO THE OTHER HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WORKING FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE, RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. AND THEN FINALLY WE ALSO WORK TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF OUR MEMBER PROGRAMS — PROFESSIONALS AND FOLKS IN COMMUNITIES WO COME INTO CONTACT WITH SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. SOME PARTICULAR AREAS OF FOCUS THAT WE HAVE HAD SOME DEDICATED STAFF TIME WORKING ON REVOLVE AROUND ISSUES RELATED TO FAMILY LAW, THE INTERSECTION OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS IS OUR NEWEST. WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT WORK, AND WE JUST TODAY ACTUALLY OUR NEW HOUSING SERVICE SYSTEMS COORDINATOR JUST STARTED. WE GOT FUNDED THROUGH HUD ACTUALLY TO DO THAT WORK. SO WE’LL DEFINITELY BE CONNECTING WITH THE WORK THAT THE COUNCIL WANTS TO BE DOING ON THAT.>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU. AND WE’VE ACTUALLY BEEN HAVING SOME FOCUSED CONVERSATIONS AMONG OUR MEMBERS AROUND TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION, AND ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN MORE PROACTIVELY RESPONDING TO AND PREVENTING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE. AND RAISING UP THE WORK OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING THAT. AND SO NEXT, SO WE HEAR ALL THE TIME FROM OUR MEMBERS AND A FEW YEARS AGO WE DID FOCUS GROUPS FROM — OF SURVIVORS. AND IT’S WHAT YOU ALL KNOW, AND ECHOING WHAT JUDY SAID. I’VE ONLY KNOWN YOU FOR, WHAT, 27 YEARS? YOU KNOW, THE — WE ARE SO LUCKY IN THIS COMMUNITY TO HAVE SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE PROVIDED JUST A WHOLE HOST OF SERVICES, MANY OF THEM ROOTED IN SPECIFIC RACIAL ETHNIC AND CULTURAL COMMUNITIES, OTHERS SERVING SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREAS. AND IT MEANS THERE REALLY ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS OUT THERE FOR SURVIVORS, AND EVERYONE IS STRETCHED BEYOND CAPACITY. AND SO DEFINITELY, I MEAN, THANKS LARGELY, YOU KNOW, SIGNIFICANTLY TO YOUR WORK WE HAVE EXPANDED THE LEVEL OF SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, PARTICULARLY FOCUSED AROUND THE SURVIVOR-DRIVEN MOBILE FLEXIBLE ADVOCACY. AND THERE’S STILL MORE THAT’S NEEDED. AND BASICALLY, THE RANGE OF HOUSING OPTIONS IS SORT OF ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE THINGS WE HEAR FROM SURVIVORS. LEGAL ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION, ESPECIALLY, AND NOT SO MUCH NOT AS MUCH AROUND THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM AS WE HEAR ABOUT IT RELATED TO FAMILY LAW AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES, THAT THAT’S WHERE SURVIVORS ARE REALLY BEING IMPACTED FOR THE LONG TERM.>>SO ARE THOSE ISSUES RELATED TO DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS OR CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE PARTICULARS OF THE COMPLEXITIES?>>YEAH, SO MOSTLY FAMILY LAW. SO MOSTLY DIVORCE OR DISILLUSION, CUSTODY, PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABUSED THEIR PARTNERS. THE MAJORITY OF CONTESTED CUSTODY CASES INVOLVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND OFTENTIMES IT PAY BE THE FIRST TIME THAT THE VIOLENCE IS DISCLOSED IS IN A DIVORCE PROCEEDING, BECAUSE IT’S THE FIRST TIME THAT IT’S BEEN SAFE TO TALK ABOUT THAT. SO THERE IS NOT NECESSARILY A LOT OF OTHER EVIDENCE. AND THE — THERE’S A LOT OF FOCUS IN OUR FAMILY COURT ON COOPERATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND SO SOME OF THE, I THINK, ORIENTATIONS OF THE COURT THAT MAY BE THERE FOR VERY GOOD REASONS, LIKE WHEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS HAPPENING AND NOT UNDERSTANDING THE TRAUMA THAT THE SURVIVOR IS OFTEN EXPERIENCED. IT CAN REALLY WORK AGAINST SURVIVORS. AND WE’RE REALLY SEEING SURVIVORS STRUGGLE IN THAT SYSTEM. WE’RE ALSO SEEING PEOPLE WHO ARE ABUSIVE BECOMING REALLY ADEPT AT USING THE SYSTEM TO FURTHER THEIR ABUSE. AND SO BASICALLY IT’S ATTACK TICK OF CONTROL TO KEEP THE PROCEEDINGS GOING IF THE SURVIVOR HAS RESOURCES. WE HAVE SEEN FOLKS LITERALLY, I MEAN, AGAIN, HEARING ABOUT IT THROUGH OUR MEMBER PROGRAMS, SPENDING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OVER YEARS AND YEARS TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS. IN THE COURT SYSTEM AND CONSTANTLY BEING PULLED BACK THE. SO THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF WORK THERE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE IMMIGRATION ISSUES. THERE’S JUST NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. AND THEN THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS SO BACKLOGGED.>>IN THE IMMIGRATION CONTEXT IS THAT PRIMARILY AROUND THE — BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT OR ARE THERE OTHER COMPONENTS BEING TRIGGERED?>>IF THERE’S ANY KIND OF CUSTODY ISSUE THAT ALSO INVOLVES INTERNATIONAL, AN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP, THERE’S A LOT THAT COMES UP IN THE CONFLUENCE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS AND FAMILY LAW WHEN THEY’RE SPLITTING UP, SO YEAH. BUT A LOT OF IT IS THE UB STATUS OR EVEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IS THERE RELIEF SURVIVORS CAN GET EVEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE STATUS. SOME OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT.>>YOU HAVE GIVEN A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE. I WANTED TO FLAG HERE THAT IN THE SPACE OF INVESTING IN ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES, I’VE BEEN A REALLY HUGE ADVOCATE AND PRETTY DOGGED ABOUT MY PERSPECTIVE ON THIS ONE THAT I THINK WE NEED TO BE INVESTING MUCH MORE IN LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF, YOU KNOW, TO PROVIDE PEOPLE MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE AND QUALITY LEGAL REPRESENTATION. IT’S, YOU KNOW, PART OF — SO I’VE DONE THAT IN A COUPLE WAYS. ONE IS THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. THEY’RE PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON PROVIDING FREE LEGAL SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF DEPORTATION OR WHO ARE IN DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DISCOVERED IN THAT SPACE AS SORT OF A TAKEAWAY LESSON WAS HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS WERE COMING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM UNDER THE U VISA PROGRAM THAT NEEDED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AS WELL. AND SO ONE OF THE THING THAT IS WE HAVE DONE TO MODIFY THE PROGRAM A LITTLE BIT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE A LITTLE BIT MORE FLEXIBLE AROUND CONNECTING THE DOTS OF, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A U VISA, YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO VOUCH FOR THE FACT THAT THERE HAS BEEN HARM CAUSED TO YOU, AND THAT SOMEBODY TENDS TO BE A LICENSED THERAPIT OR A COUNSELOR OR SOMEBODY ELSE PROVIDING YOU THERAPY. SO SETTING ASIDE THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND THE CHECK BOXES YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH, THERE’S AN ACTUAL BASIC NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO’VE BEEN SEVERELY TRAUMATIZED AS A RESULT OF VIOLENCE THAT THEY’VE BEEN SUBJECTED TO. AND SO JUST WANTED TO FLAG THAT FOR YOU ALL AS SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW NEEDS TO BE FURTHER DEVELOPED IN THAT SPACE. AND THERE’S ALSO, YOU KNOW, THE INVESTMENTS WE’VE BEEN MAKING AROUND PROTECTION ORDERS AND OTHER ISSUES FOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE SEXUAL ASSAULT LAW CENTER TO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND CONTINUE TO CONNECT THEM WITH MUCH NEEDED SERVICES. AND I RECOGNIZE THAT IT’S SORT OF DIMES IN A BUCKET THAT YOU KNOW WE NEED A LOT MORE TO GO INTO THIS SPACE GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF NEED AND I’M REALLY INTERESTED IN CONTINUING TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PRIORITIZING THE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY FOR SURVIVORS.>>I ALSO THINK THERE’S SYSTEM REFORM THAT IS NEED TO APP. BECAUSE YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO SPEND TENS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO GET A DIVORCE. AND THERE IS — IT’S A WHOLE OTHER CONVERSATION, AND IT’S ACTUALLY MORE AT THE COUNTY LEVEL AND THE STATE LEVEL I THINK IS WHERE MOST OF THE REMEDIES ARE GOING TO COME AND LESS AT THE CITY LEVEL. BUT YOU KNOW, THERE’S ALL KINDS OF PROFESSIONALS BEING PULLED INTO THESE CASES. A LOT OF THESE FAMILY LAW CASES THAT, WHOLE OTHER CONVERSATION.>>MARK THAT FOR LATER.>>YEAH, HAPPY TO HAVE A FOLLOW-UP OFF THE RECORD CONVERSATION WITH YOU. THE OTHER THING WE’RE ACTIVELY DOING WITH THE CITY IS BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF FORMULATING OUR STATE AND FEDERAL LOBBYING AGENDAS. I THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO — WE ALWAYS PRIORITIZE THIS CATEGORY IN GENERAL, BUT IF THERE IS GOING TO — IF THERE IS A SPECIFIC BILL OR LEGISLATIVE FIX THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM HAVING THE CITY OF SEATTLE WEIGH IN ON AND DEDICATE SOME OF OUR LOBBYING RESOURCES TO, THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO DO. AND THAT WE HAVE HISTORICALLY DONE IN MANY OF THESE SPACES. SO HAPPY TO HEAR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT AS WE GEAR UP FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL REGULATIONS AROUND CRAFTING SPECIFIC PROPOSALS.>>WE’LL WORK WITH THE STATE FOLKS TOO, BECAUSE THEY TAKE THE LEAD.>>FANTASTIC.>>GREAT. SO I DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH EVERYTHING ELSE. I THINK JUDY FRAMED IT REALLY WELL. I MEAN THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE ABSOLUTELY KNOW THAT SURVIVORS REALLY REALLY BENEFIT FROM, YOU KNOW, TRAUMA-INFORMED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY, AND SUPPORT SERVICES. WE ALSO DO HAVE NOW THANKS TO THE COUNTY’S — FUNDING FROM THE COUNTY’S MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG DEPENDENCY FUND, WE HAVE MENTAL HEALTH THERAPISTS BASED AT SOME PROGRAMS, WHICH IS A NEW THING. AND THEN OUR POSITION THAT FOCUSES ON MAKING SURE THAT BOTH FOLKS IN THE MENTAL, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FIELD KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO SURVIVORS, IDENTIFY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RESPOND TO SURVIVORS AND THAT FOLKS IN THE ADVOCACY FIELD, THE SURVIVOR ADVOCACY FIELD, ARE BETTER PREPARED TO HANDLE MENTAL HEALTH CRISES AND NEEDS OF THE SURVIVORS THEY WORK WITH. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF PEOPLE CAN’T FEED THEIR KIDS, IF THEY CAN’T AFFORD RENT, IF THEY CAN’T GET A LIVING WAGE, IT’S REALLY HARD TO HAVE ANY — YOU KNOW, ANY SUCCESS WITH OTHER THINGS. SO BOTH AND NOT EITHER OR. AND WE ARE ALSO TRYING TO WORK, I THINK THIS COMMUNITY LEADS SORT OF THE NATION IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE REALLY INNOVATIVE, CULTURALLY SPECIFIC SERVICES AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN STARTED HERE. SOME HAVE BECOME NATIONAL MODELS. AND — COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE PREVENTION, AND MOVE OUR INTERVENTIONS FURTHER UPSTREAM, YOU KNOW, INCLUDING TRUE VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHANGING COMMUNITY NORMS AT THE SAME TIME. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE REAL NEEDS AND SUFFERING OF FOLKS WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEING IMPACTED. AND I THINK FOR INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES THAT CAN BE A STRUGGLE IS HOW DO YOU DO SOME OF BOTH BECAUSE THE NEEDS ARE SO GREAT. SO MOVING ON, I THINK THAT LIKE THE STATE COALITION, WE ARE LOOKING AT BEB BEYOND THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM. AND CERTAINLY WE WANT THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM TO BE RESPONSIVE IN THE WAY THAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. AND ACCOUNTABLE. AND WE DON’T THINK CRICKET RY CONTRADICTORY TO RESPONDING APPROPRIATELY TO DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES THROUGHOUT THAT SYSTEM. BUT REALLY THE LO SKAL POLICY OPTIONS, SEATTLE HAS TAKEN THE LEAD AS JUDY BOOKMARKED ON A CAN COUPLE THINGS, LIKE THE SEATTLE SICK AND SAFE TIME. HOW MANY S WORDS CAN BE IN THAT SENTENCE?>>IT’S A MOUTHFUL.>>SOME OF THE ANTIDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. HEALTH, HOUSING, AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICIES, INCLUDING POLICIES THAT SAY THAT HUMAN SERVICES CONTRACTS SHOULD RISE WITH INFLATION. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT YESTERDAY.>>THAT WAS A GREAT RESULT. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR — FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.>>YOU KNOW, A LOT, I THINK, CERTAINLY POLICY RELATED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS AND LIKE ONE OF THE THING THAT IS I KIND OF TALK ABOUT IS DV COMPETENCY. THERE IS SO MUCH INTERSECTION BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS ISSUES BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES. AND YOU KNOW, CHILDREN’S ISSUES THAT FOLKS IN ALL PROFESSIONALS HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO RECOGNIZE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOW TO RESPOND WITHIN THEIR ROLES. THEY’RE NOT ALL EXPECTED TO BE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES, BUT THEIR RESPONSES WITHIN THEIR ROLES. AND THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY SOMETHING YOU GET IN SOCIAL WORK SCHOOL OR LAW SCHOOL OR YOU GET IN, YOU KNOW, MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS OR THINGS LIKE THAT. SO AND I ALSO THINK THAT THE CITY COUNCIL HAS A ROLE IN TERMS OF RAISING AWARENESS AND VISIBILITY OF THE ISSUE. BECAUSE UNLIKE THE WAY CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS SHOWS UP WITH FOLKS LIVING ON THE STREETS, IT’S NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, OTHER FORMS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AREN’T NECESSARILY AS IN OUR FACES. SO IT REALLY TAKES BRINGING IT UP AND RAISING VISIBILITY. THE OTHER THING THAT LOCALLY THERE HAS BEEN A ROT OF LEADERSHIP ON HERE AND AT THE COUNTY HAS BEEN AROUND FIREARMS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GETTING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ABUSIVE. AND WE END — WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND SP D AROUND THOSE ISSUES AROUND ISSUES OF SURVIVORS WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CRIMINALIZED. BECAUSE MANY SURVIVORS ARE OFTEN — ARE ARRESTED ACTUALLY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR FOR OTHER CRIMES THAT ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE VIOLENCE THAT THEY’RE EXPERIENCING. AND THEN SO MANY ALSO FIND THEMSELVES CRIMINALIZED IN THE ACT OF TRYING TO SURVIVE. AND SO REALLY TRYING TO — OUR ABILITY TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS WHO HAVE BEEN CRIMINALIZED. AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE SEATTLE CRIMINAL — THE DVPC’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE AROUND LIKE MODEL INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSIVE AND AROUND THE — THESE ISSUES. SO THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT COLLABORATION THERE. AND FINALLY, I’LL JUST SAY IN TERMS OF FUNDING PRIORITIES, AND I THINK WE’VE TALKED TO YOU ABOUT THIS BEFORE, BUT OUR NUMBER ONE FUNDING PRIORITY FOR 2020 ON TOP OF NO CUTS TO HUMAN SERVICES AND THE TIN FLAGS ORDINANCE, THE INFLAGS ADJUSTMENT IS A HOTLINE. THIS IS THE CULMINATION OF MORE THAN TWO YEARS OF PLANNING IN THE COMMUNITY, FOR MANY MANY REASONS, INCLUDING THE SPECIFIC DANGERS THAT SURVIVORS FACE, THE FACT THAT THERE IS MORE TIS MORE RELUCTANCE. AND BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF CAPACITY, FRANKLY, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERY SURVIVOR WITH IN-PERSON, LIVE ADVOCACY, LET ALONE HOUSING OR OTHER — OR LEGAL REPRESENTATION THAT A HELP LINE IS THE ENTRY POINT FOR MANY SURVIVORS, AND FOR SOME SURVIVORS IT MAY BE THE ONLY KIND OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE THAT THEY CAN ACCESS. AND THERE IS NOT CURRENTLY A DEDICATED 24-HOUR CENTRAL MILLION UP LINE OR HOT LINE FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THIS REGION. THERE ARE SEVERAL AGENCIES THAT ARE MANDATED TO STAFF THEIR PHONES 24 HOURS, BUT THEY’RE NOT FUNDED. SO FRANKLY, I MEAN THEY DO THE BEST THEY CAN GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT IT’S USUALLY PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, A COMBINATION OF VOLUNTEERS, FOLKS WHO ARE ON CALL, AND FOLKS WHO ARE DOING THIS AS PART OF THEIR OTHER JOB. MANY CALLS GO UNANSWERED. AND IT ALSO, LIKE, IT’S — YOU — MANY SURVIVORS GET REALLY GREAT TRAUMA-INFORMED HELPFUL RESPONSES AND MANY DON’T. MANY GET A BUSY SIGNAL OR A VOICE MAIL. AND IT’S, RIGHT NOW, FRANKLY, IT’S A CRAP SHOOT. SO WE DID A MULTIYEAR, MULTI-AGENCY PLANNING PROCESS FOR WHAT IT TWOULD TAKE TO ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT A DEDICATED 24-HOUR, WELL STAFFED CRISIS OR HELP LINE HERE IN SEATTLE, KING COUNTY. AND WE HAVE ALMOST LIKE THREE QUARTERS OF THE FUNDING SECURED, LARGELY THROUGH THE COUNTIES THAT SENIORS AND HUMAN SERVICES LEVY. THEY DEDICATED A HUGE PORTION OF THAT. WE HAVE ABOUT $350,000 MORE WE NEED TO IDENTIFY BY EARLY 2020 IN ORDER FOR IT TO REALLY BE FEASIBLE TO IMPLEMENT. AND GIVEN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS AND SURVIVORS THAT ARE IN SEATTLE, AND I THINK IT WOULD BE — I THINK IT’S A REASONABLE RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL. IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE HUMAN SERVICES STAFF FOR THE MAYOR’S BUDGET AND YOU KNOW, WE’VE CERTAINLY COMMUNICATED THIS TO HER. AND ALSO WANT TO JUST CALL OUT THAT IT’S NOT ONLY A RESOURCE FOR SURVIVORS, IT’S A RESOURCE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS. CURRENTLY I THINK LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE INFORMATION, AND THERE’S A LIST, LIKE THAT LIST OF OUR MEMBERS, THERE’S A LIST OF LIKE 20 AGENCIES. AND THEN SURVIVORS DON’T KNOW WHO TO CALL. THEY END UP HAVING TO CALL MULTIPLE ONES BECAUSE OF CAPACITY. SO THIS WOULD GIVE THEM A TRAUMA-INFORMED RESPONSE, SOMEONE WHO COULD SPEND AN HOUR SAFETY PLANNING WITH THEM IF THAT’S WHAT’S NEEDED. WHO IF THEY’RE HAVING AN EMOTIONAL CRISIS CAN TALK TO THEM. AND WE ALSO WANT TO INTEGRATE A CHAT FUNCTION AND IT WILL INCREASE ACCESS. AND WE DID SOME FOCUS GROUPS. I WON’T READ THIS TO YOU, BUT THIS JUST SHOWS SOME OF WA THE DIFFERENCE IS BETWEEN SOMEONE GETTING A GREAT RESPONSE FROM THE HELP LINE AND SOMEBODY GETTING A BUSY SIGNAL OR A, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE DON’T HAVE SHELTER NOW, YOU HAVE TO CALL SOMEONE ELSE AND GETTING OFF THE PHONE QUICKLY BECAUSE THERE’S THREE OTHER LINES RINGING. SO IT’S AN OUR PLUG. AND — I KNOW I TOOK MORE THAN MY TIME.>>THAT’S OKAY.>>BRIEF QUESTION. ARE THERE OTHER REGIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE A HOTLINE LIKE THIS? A SERVICE LINE?>>THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STATEWIDE HOTLINES, AND WE CONSULTED WITH A COUPLE OF THEM. MANY STATES DON’T HAVE AS MANY PROGRAMS AS WE DO HERE IN KING COUNTY. AND THERE USED TO BE A STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE HERE IN WASHINGTON STATE. AND FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS INCLUDING — I MEAN IT WAS JUST I THINK, COMPLICATED TO RUN AND MOST CALLS REALLY WERE COMING IN THROUGH THE DAY. AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT WAS DEPRIORITIZED AND DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER UNFORTUNATELY STILL OUT THERE. IN A LOT OF WAYS. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAM THAT IS WE HAVE HERE, THE LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY, AND FRANKLY I THINK THE COMPLEXITY OF LIKE THE HOUSING HOMELESSNESS SYSTEM AND THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM HERE IT REALLY FELT LIKE WE NEEDED A DEDICATED LINE LOCALLY WHERE PEOPLE WOULD REALLY KNOW AND BE ABLE TO STAY ON TOP OF, LIKE, YOU KNOW, HOW THE COORDINATED ENTRY FOR HOMELESSNESS CHANGED AGAIN I THINK LAST WEEK. IT REALLY WOULD BE A WAY TO HELP FOLKS NAVIGATE THE OTHER SERVICES THAT THEY NEED IN A REALLY REALLY INFORMED WAY AND TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN’T EXPECT. I DO THINK THERE ARE SOME OTHER COUNTY LEVEL HOTLINES OUT THERE. I KNOW THAT PORTLAND, MULTNOMAH COUNTY HAD A CRISIS LINE. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S STILL GOING. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHERS? AND THEN THERE’S ALSO SOME STATE HELP LINES. SO YEAH.>>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY. THANK YOU, MERRILL FOR THAT PRESENTATION. I KNOW YOU AND I HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE HOTLINE IN THE PAST. AND I THINK WITH THE KNOWLEDGE NOW THAT KING COUNTY HAS ALSO INVESTED IN THE PROGRAM IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE FOR US AT THE CITY OF SEATTLE TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT RESOURCES WE CAN CONTRIBUTE FOEING THAT WE HAVE THE NEED AS WELL. AND EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF A HOTLINE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ARE REFERRING FOLKS TO ARE FROM THE COMMUNITIES THAT PEOPLE ARE LIVING WITHIN. WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, I THINK OF THAT GEOGRAPHIC COMPONENT IS IMPORTANT. I’VE HEARD COMPELLING STORIES FROM FOLKS ABOUT HOW A HOTLINE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM. AND IN THEIR EXPERIENCE AND BEING ABLE TO DO THAT SAFETY PLANNING AND MOVE ON TO HEALING. I’VE ALSO HEARD STORIES ABOUT HOW BADLY IT CAN GO. SO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT AS THIS CONCEPT CONTINUES TO BE IMPLEMENTED TO OBVIOUSLY MAKE SURE IT’S A MODEL THAT IS GOING BE TRULY RESPONSIVE TO THE UNIQUE AND LOCAL NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CALLING. AND I LIKE THE POINT THAT YOU MADE AROUND THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN PARTICULAR. I THINK OFFICERS OFTENTIMES WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE RIGHT PLACE. IT’S FRUSTRATING YOU HAVE TO HAND OUT EVERY NONPROFIT AGENCY THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU. GOOD LUCK. LIKE THAT IS NOT A MEANINGFUL RESOURCE. IT’S A RESOURCE, BUT IT DOES SHIFT THE BURDEN TO THE DOMESTIC>>– IN 0001DECISION TO MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT HER IN THAT CASE. WE HAD SIGNIFICANT SAFETY CONCERNS. IT WAS A CASE THAT INVOLVED THE SURVIVOR BEING HIT IN THE FACE WITH THE BUTT OF A SHOTGUN. THERE WERE THREATS TO KILL. SHE’D RUN TO HER NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE FOR HELP AND MADE A REALLY TERRIFIED CALL TO THE POLICE FOR HELP THAT DAY. WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS CASE WITHOUT HER BECAUSE WE, IN OUR UNIT WE FOLLOW THE SORT OF EVIDENCE-BASED PROSECUTION MODEL, MEANING WE WERE ABLE TO USE OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE CASE WITHOUT HER TESTIMONY. PHOTOGRAPHS OF INJURY AND 911 CALL, WE WERE ABLE TO INTRODUCESOME PORTIONS OF THE OFFICERS BODY WORN VIDEO JUST SO SHOW HER DEE MEAN NOR AND INJURIES ON THAT NIGHT –>>DID YOU NEED THE VICTIM’S CONSENT ON THE BODY WORN VIDEO PIECES OF THE EVIDENCE, OR IS THAT SOMETHING THE PROSECUTOR CAN DECIDE?>>THAT IS A CASE BY CASE BASIS. AND WE WOULD MAKE THAT DETERMINATION WHETHER TO USE IT OR WHETHER WE EVEN COULD USE IT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.>>OKAY.>>IN THIS CASE, THE SURVIVOR DID ACTUALLY END UP COMING TO COURT AND TESTIFYING ON BEHALF OF HER ABUSER. THAT WAS A DECISION THAT SHE MADE AND WE SUPPORTED HER THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS AND SUPPORTED HER DECISION TO DO THAT. SUMMER AND I HAD A FEELING SHE WAS GOING TO COME IN AND TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF OUR ABUSER. I MET WITH HER AGAIN TO SEEK HER INPUT ABOUT THE CITY’S SENTENCING RECOMMENDATION. AND SOMETHING THAT SHE WANTED WAS TREATMENT FOR HER PARTNER. SHE WANTED TO REMAIN WITH HER PARTNER, BUT SHE DID WANT HIM TO GET TREATMENT. SHE HAD NEVER DENIED THAT THE ABUSE HAD HAPPENED TO US, BUT SHE JUST WASN’T READY TO LEAVE HIM OR TO STEP AWAY AT THAT POINT. SHE DIDN’T WANT ANY JAIL TIME. AND SO BASED ON HER INPUT, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ASKED FOR AT SENTENCING. THAT’S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE WORK THAT WE DO AND WE’RE NOT ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH EVERY SINGLE CASE THAT WE GET AND NOT EVERY SINGLE CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT WE COULD PROCEED WITHOUT THE TESTIMONY OF A SURVIVOR. SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, IF WE DON’T HAVE A SURVIVOR THAT’S WILLING TO TESTIFY IN COURT, THAT MEANS THAT WE CAN’T ACTUALLY MOVE FORWARD WITH A CASE AND HOLD THAT ABUSER ACCOUNTABLE. AND AT THAT POINT WE JUST DON’T MOVE FORWARD. WE NEVER FORCE A SURVIVOR TO TESTIFY IN COURT OR TO DO SOMETHING THEY’RE NOT READY TO DO. BUT IF WE’RE ABLE TO GO FORWARD USING THAT EVIDENCE -BASED PROSECUTION MODEL, THEN WE WILL DO THAT AND TRY TO GET SOME ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE OFFENDER AND I WOULD SAY ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF MY TRIALS HAVE PROCEEDED FORWARD WITHOUT THE TESTIMONY OF A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND THE REASON THAT WE GO FORWARD ON THESE CASES IS BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY SAFETY CONCERNS. I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISN’T THE GREATEST PREDICTOR OF FUTURE VIOLENCE. TO THAT INDIVIDUAL OR WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. WE’RE NOT ABLE TO GO FORWARD WITH EVERY CASE. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE FACE IS A CAPACITY ISSUE, A STAFFING ISSUE. WE HAVE FIVE PROSECUTORS IN OUR UNIT. WE HAVE ONE DETECTIVE WHO IS ASSISTING WITH THE MISDEMEANOR CASE LOAD THAT WE HAVE. AND IN 2018 WE HAD 1,287 CASES THAT WERE ACTUALLY FILED. IN ADDITION TO THOSE CASES, ADDING IN NONDOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES LIKE STALKING, CYBERSTALKING, HARASSMENT, CHILD ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, ANIMAL CRUELTY. WHAT THAT MEANS IS EACH PROSECUTOR HAS A CASE LOAD OF ABOUT 300 CASES THEY’RE WORKING ON. OUR UNIT IS VERY INNOVATIVE, AND THIS CITY IS VERY INNOVATIVE. WE’RE ON THE FOREFRONT OF CHANGING THE WAY THAT WE RESPOND TO AND HANDLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND OTHER VICTIM INVOLVED CASES. AND WE’RE CHANGING THE WAY THAT WE PRACTICE IN RESPONSE TO INPUT FROM SURVIVORS AND IN AN ATTEMPT TO HOLD OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE AND INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY. THE ISSUE IS CAPACITY. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE. I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE HEARD FROM EVERYONE. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE ASSISTING OUR UNIT SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO BETTER SERVE SURVIVORS AND BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. I’LL LET SUMMER TALK ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE ADVOCATES.>>THANK YOU? THE VICTIM ADVOCATES IN OUR OFFICE, WE HAVE SEVEN ADVOCATES NOW, AND WE TYPICALLY WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH ABOUT 3,100 SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR. SO FOR EACH REPORT THAT WE GET WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE REACHING OUT TO TRY TO REACH THE PERSON. AND WE DO THAT BECAUSE WE WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN? WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAFETY PLAN WITH THEM AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT THEM WITH COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES AS WELL BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO INTERFACE WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM DO SO RELUCTANTLY. AND FOR GOOD REASON. THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY HARMFUL TO VICTIMS, TO SURVIVORS, AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. SO OUR ROLE AS ADVOCATES IS TO BE THERE AS A SUPPORT TO HELP EXPLAIN THE SYSTEM TO EXPLAIN THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIM AND TO ASSIST THEM THROUGH THE LIFE OF THE CASE. FOR THE CASES THAT ARE FILED IT CAN TAKE SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR BEFORE A CASE FINDS A RESOLUTION IN OUR COURT. THAT’S A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF WAITING AND A LOT OF QUESTIONS. AND SO OUR ADDITIONAL ROLE THERE IS TO MAKE SURE DURING THAT TIME THE VICTIM’S INPUT IS STILL CONSIDERED. WE WANT SURVIVORS TO FEEL THEY ARE HEARD IN OUR OFFICE, EVEN IF ULTIMATELY A PROSECUTOR DECIDES THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENT DECISION, IT’S IMPORTANT A SURVIVOR HAS THE ABILITY TO VOICE THEIR OPINION ON THE CASE. AND THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AS FAR AS HOW TO CONTINUALLY VOICE THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT A CASE. WHEN WE WORK WITH SURVIVORS WE HEAR CONSISTENTLY WORK WITH SUR THEY DON’T WANT JAIL TIME. THE INTERVENTION PROGRAM IS EXCITING FOR OUR OFFICE BECAUSE IT GIVES US AN ABILITY TO MEET THAT NEED. A POTENTIAL TO INVEST IN CHANGE IN OFFENDER ACCOUNTABILITY IN A WAY THAT GIVES US A COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE. WE DON’T WANT TO JUST PUT THEM IN TREATMENT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS ON THE SAME PAGE AS TO WHAT HAPPENS IN THE RELATIONSHIP. WE NEED THE BIG PICTURE APPROACH TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT IS NOT A SNAPSHOT YOU SEE IN A POLICE REPORT. IT IS A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR THAT HARMS OUR SURVIVORS AND OUR COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF THAT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CAPACITY ISSUES, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ADDITIONAL SECRETION AND ADVOCACY STAFF TO SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE DVI PROGRAM . TO BE THERE WITH INPUT FROM SURVIVORS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON. FROM PREVIOUS HISTORY, WHETHER IT BE PRIOR REPORTS THAT WERE NEVER FILED, OR IF IT TO BE NEW INFORMATION THE VICTIM IS SHARING ABOUT HOW THE OFFENDERS BEHAVIOR HAS CHANGED OR HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE THEY STARTED TREATMENT, WE THINK CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT IN INVESTING IN THAT PROGRAM. THAT IS THE ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE CAN DO. IN ADDITION TO THAT, AND ECHOING THE WONDERFUL WORK OF EST AND HIGHLIGHTING THE ISSUE OF CONTROL, WE ARE FALLING SHORT ON INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING THESE CRIMES. EVEN IF IT IS NOT A CYBER STALKING CASE, AND ORDER VIOLATION, AND WE HAD ABOUT 500 LAST YEAR, COULD BE A TEXT MESSAGE. IT COULD BE HARASSMENT ONLINE. THOSE CASES REQUIRE A GREAT DEAL OF MANPOWER AND TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY THAT OUR OFFICE FRANKLY, DOESN’T HAVE. WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS, THEY WANT OFFENDER TREATMENT. TEY WANT US TO PROSECUTE THESE CSES. THEY WANT OUR HELP IN KEEPING THEM SAFE IN THAT WAY. WHEN WE DON’T DO ANYTHING, IT PUTS US ON THE LINE. THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE REALLY FEEL ARE IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. WE ALSO WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME TO OUR OFFICE AND SEE WHAT WE DO AND WHAT OUR PROCESS IS. WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK WE DO IN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT. LIKE I SAID, I KNOW THE SYSTEM CAN BE HARMFUL TO VICTIMS. BUT, WHEN THEY ARE INTERFACING WITH OUR SYSTEM, WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO MAKE SURE WE ARE HONORING THEM WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT, AND TRYING TO CREATE OUTCOMES THAT ARE SEPARATE FROM THE TRADITIONAL PATTERN PROSECUTION.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING. I KNOW IT IS HARD WORK. I THINK THE PANEL TODAY EXEMPLIFIES HOW THIS IS TRULY A FULL-SPECTRUM OF WORK. THERE IS PREVENTION, RECOVERY ASPECTS THAT ARE MUCH MORE SERVICE ORIENTED. AND THERE ARE THE ADVOCACY PIECES AROUND MAKING SURE WE ARE HAVING TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN OUR SYSTEMS BY CHANGING LAW AND POLICY, AND MAKING INVESTMENTS INTO THOSE THINGS. AND THERE ARE THE INTERNAL PROCESSES. AS INSTITUTIONS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK WITHIN GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO NOT FURTHER PERPETUATE HARM OR CAUSE HARM OURSELVES IN THE WORK WE ARE DOING ON THE INSIDE TO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. PEOPLE WHO ARE CREATING HARM. THIS LAYS OUT THE FULL-SPECTRUM OF THE UNIVERSE THAT WE ARE OPERATING WITHIN AND PLEASED THIS IS ONE OF THOSE FEW SPACES WHERE I FEEL THERE IS A LOT OF ALIGNMENT AMONG INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS IN TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT UNIQUE ROLE WE EACH PLAY IN ELIMINATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HARM WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY. THE HARD WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY TO ADVOCATE FOR, REPRESENT, AND PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY AND BEYOND. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WORK AND I AM APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE WORK YOU DO. COUNCILMAN? ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?>>I JUST HAVE A QUICK WESTON. ONE OF THE THINGS I WILL BE PARTICULARLY MINDFUL OF IS THE NEED FOR THE INVESTMENT, BUT ALSO GIVEN THIS IS THE LONG SPIRIT OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY WE HAVE HAD SINCE THE DEPRESSION, DO YOU SEE A CORRELATION BETWEEN WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL ECONOMICALLY WITH REGARDS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THAT IT GOES DOWN? AND WHEN WE ARE IN A RECESSION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GOES UP? IS THERE RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS THAT?>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, COUNCILMAN. THERE IS INTERESTING DATA ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AROUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE DURING TIMES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY VERSUS TIMES OF ECONOMIC HARDSHIP. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT ONCE SURVIVORS HAVE NO ECONOMIC MEANS TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN AND NO OTHER OPTIONS BUT TO STAY WITH AN ABUSIVE PARTNER, THEN WE SEE AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE. THE MYTH AROUND WHO IS CAUSING VIOLENCE, THE LIFETIME TELEVISION MONSTER GUY. OF COURSE THAT IS A SUBSET OF THE POPULATION, BUT SO OFTEN IT IS PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE ENTITLEMENT OR THE RIGHT TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT GOING WELL FOR THEM. OF COURSE, WHEN THERE IS WIDESPREAD UNEMPLOYMENT, FOR EXAMPLE THOSE STRESSES DO INCREASE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEHAVIOR. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT WHAT WE ARE SEEING AROUND BOTH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, BUT ALSO THIS HUGE GAP BETWEEN THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS, WERE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE JUST HANGING ON BY THEIR FINGERNAILS TO THEIR APARTMENT. WORKING TWO OR THREE JOBS. 43 SURVIVORS, THEY HAVE FEWER AND FEWER CHOICES TO PROTECT THEM SELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. INVESTMENTS THE CITY CAN MAKE BOTH IN THE PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA, AS WELL AS AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP PEOPLE HAVE LIVING WAGE JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS? AND SAFE, AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE. THOSE INVESTMENTS ARE GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE LONGITUDINALLY, THE DATA INDICATES THAT WHAT HAS REDUCED THE MYSTIC VIOLENCE OVER TIME IN THE UNITED STATES ARE THE RIGHT TO A NO-FAULT DIVORCE, THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN, AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE HELP. >>THANK YOU. AND ONE OF THE THINGS I AM TRYING TO BE MINDFUL OF, GIVEN THE ROLE I HAVE HAD FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS, WE GET THE ECONOMIC PICTURE. I AM TRYING TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME TO MAKE THE INVESTMENTS GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE ANTICIPATE A BIT OF A SLOW DOWN. HOW DO WE MAKE THOSE INVESTMENTS IN A STRATEGIC MANAGER SO WE ARE MOST IMPACTFUL? SO MUCH OF THE WORK YOU TALK ABOUT IS MORE SPECIFICALLY HOMELESSNESS. IN THIS FIRST HANDOUT, IT SAYS THE MYSTIC VIOLENCE IS THE LEADING CAUSE FOR HOMELESSNESS IN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. I THINK SO MUCH OF MY OWN LIMITED EXPERIENCE WITH REGARDS TO MY MOTHER, AND HOW MANY TIMES SHE WAS ON THE RUN WITH FOUR LITTLE KIDS HOLDING HER HAND. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WORK YOU DO. IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE WORK YOU DO, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT. THANK YOU.>>GREAT, ANYTHING ELSE FROM ANY OF YOU FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US AND THANK YOU COUNCILMAN PACHECO FOR BEING MY COHOST TODAY. I APOLOGIZE TO THE VIEWING PUBLIC, WE WENT 30 MINUTES LONGER THAN WE INTENDED TO. BUT THAT IS HOW MUCH WE THINK THIS SUBJECT MERITS. IT MERITS MUCH MORE TIME THAN ONE AND A HALF HOURS. WE HAVE IT AS A TOP PRIORITY IN THE CITY AND AT THE CITY COUNCIL IN PARTICULAR. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR WORK IN THIS SPACE. THAT IS OUR LAST AGENDA ITEM. WE HAVE NO ONE WHO HAS SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. IS THERE ANYONE WHO INTENDED TO SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT DID NOT? I AM NOT SEEING ANYONE DASHING TOWARDS THE MICROPHONE. I WILL CLOSE OUT PUBLIC COMMENT. AGAIN, THIS IS OUR ONE AND ONLY ITEM ON THE AGENDA. THERE IS NO OTHER BUSINESS FOR THE COMMITTEE. SO, WE ARE ADJOURNED.>>THANK YOU.

2 thoughts on “Seattle City Council Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee 7/16/19”

  1. When given the opportunity to be lazy, the average person will choose lazy. Even those with the best work ethic can dismiss not performing to their full potential when no one is looking. This is where having an accountability partner becomes important. We get more embarassed letting someone else down than we do having to face ourselves in the mirror.

  2. When given the opportunity to be lazy, the average person will choose lazy. Even those with the best work ethic can dismiss not performing to their full potential when no one is looking. This is where having an accountability partner becomes important. We get more embarassed letting someone else down than we do having to face ourselves in the mirror.

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