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Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence

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Purpose  The Commission develops and implements a coordinated comprehensive domestic violence plan that is monitored, evaluated and updated on a regular basis.  Promotes coordinated and increased collaboration of institutions, systems and services as they respond to offenders, victims, children and others who have been impacted by domestic violence.  Increase community awareness and understanding about domestic violence.  Serve as an advisory board to local government agencies and the community with respect to domestic violence issues.  Develop community benchmarks for monitoring domestic violence and preparing an annual report.  Serve as a community forum on domestic violence and create a mechanism for identifying issues, concerns, needs and resources.  Check out their website!

Authority Whatcom County Ordinance # 98-072
Contact Person  Susan Marks, (360) 312-5700 ext 202. mail@dvcommission.com

Member Specifications Whatcom County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Court Administrator, Director of County Health Department, Public Defender, and Director of District Court Probation; City of Bellingham Police Chief, City Attorney and Municipal Court Administrator; designated representative of DSHS/DCFS; one Chief Executive and one Police Chief from the cities in Whatcom County other than Bellingham, selected by a majority vote of the eligible police chiefs; one superintendent from the school districts in Whatcom County selected by majority vote of the eligible superintendents; one domestic violence victims service provider; two human service providers, including but not limited to, educators, victim or offender services, clergy or religious leaders and early childhood education providers; one representative of a major employer; one health care provider; and two representatives from the community at large.

Term Limit  Two Consecutive Full Terms
Term Length  Four Year Term
Number of Members  Twenty Eight
Date of  Formation  March 29, 1999
Meetings Held  Bi-monthly, 4th Thursday - For more info, please contact Meaghan at: (360) 312-5700 ext 201.
Vacancies See Vacancies List