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
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
"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