MONTPELIER, Vt. - Governor Peter Shumlin released the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Thursday.
A press release says the task force is charged with evaluating Vermont's existing public and private domestic and sexual violence programs and identifying gaps in prevention services. The task force is also charged with increasing coordination among public and non-profit programs to strengthen prevention efforts in Vermont.
"Our hearts go out today to the family and friends of Colleen Scarola of Burlington. We are all wishing her a full recovery," Gov. Shumlin said. "I am grateful to the members of the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence for their hard work and common sense recommendations."
Shumlin says the Scarola case highlights the need for an increased focus on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention efforts.
The Task Force's report included the following recommendations:
- Support the creation and implementation of a comprehensive state plan to prevent domestic and sexual violence.
- Support and develop a statewide, multi-pronged violence prevention campaign.
- Build capacity for bystander engagement strategies for all ages.
- Increase the engagement of men in domestic violence prevention.
- Strengthen Vermont college campuses' response to prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
- Enhance data collection and accessibility through the creation of a central data collection site.
- Establish a Violence Prevention Program coordionator at the state level.
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