October 15, 2013
County Commissioners Office
County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn and Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref are working with the YWCA of Spokane to convene a Leadership Symposium on Domestic Violence. Spokane County has the second-highest rate of domestic violence in the state of Washington. The symposium will bring together elected officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, service providers, and community leaders to discuss the increase of domestic violence cases in our region, review “best practices” and challenges, and answer the question of “HOW” to provide a more coordinated and effective community response.
City Councilwoman Amber Waldref commented that public safety is the number one priority of government, “Every person deserves to be safe in our community. It is vital that Spokane policy leaders are educated and engaged in stopping domestic violence.” County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn added that while the symposium coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness month, it is a growing problem. “Not only have domestic violence cases increased, but so have the number of fatalities. As leaders in the community, we must use the resources and connections that are available to us to eliminate the scourge of violence that is devastating families,” she said.
The symposium is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, in the third-floor Jury Room that is located in the Spokane County Courthouse Annex (1116 W. Broadway Avenue, between the courthouse and the Public Safety Building).
The primary goals of the symposium are threefold:
1. Inform elected and community leaders of the increase in domestic violence our region.
2. Review Spokane’s history as a national model on community collaboration.
3. Enlist support for the creation of a policy-level commission of city and county officials to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to domestic violence.
Confirmed attendees include: Judges Annette Plese, Debra Hayes, Patti Walker and Tracy Staab, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Chief of Police Frank Straub, City Attorney Nancy Isserlis as well as representatives from the City/County Prosecutor and Public Defender Offices.
For more information, please contact Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn at (509) 477-2265 or Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref at (509) 868-9219.
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