Governor Engler Convenes Domestic Violence Homicide Task Force

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Governor John Engler appointed a Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Task Force today in a continued effort to eliminate deaths related to domestic violence.

The Task Force will be chaired by Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus, and is a collaborative effort between such organizations as the Family Independence Agency (FIA), the Department of Community Health (DCH), the Michigan Women's Commission (MWC), the Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention Board, and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

"Last year there were 31 domestic violence related homicides. One of the responsibilities of the Task Force will be to explore the possibility of establishing a State Death Review Team where individual cases of domestic violence deaths occurred," said Governor Engler. "For the last ten years Michigan has been a progressive force in the battle against domestic violence. As of today, we are one step closer to winning that battle."

As Chair of the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Task Force, Posthumus will continue the crusade against domestic violence which he took up nearly ten years ago.

"As the former Senate Majority Leader, I had the privilege of working on and approving much of the legislation that passed in recent years to stop domestic violence and strengthen penalties for abusers," Posthumus said. "Still, more needs to be done. We need to continue working toward eliminating the presence of domestic violence incidents in Michigan."

For the next six months the Task Force will meet regularly to determine what strategies, practices, policies, and actions should be taken to ultimately eliminate the occurrence of domestic violence homicides in the State of Michigan. At the end of the six-month period, a report of their findings, with a suggested course of action, will be presented to the Governor.