Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Task Force
Purpose, Background and Activities
Domestic violence is not just physical violence. It is a pattern of abusive behavior that one partner uses against the other. For example:
- Physical Abuse - Hitting, grabbing, pushing, kicking
- Emotional Abuse - Blaming, lying, name-calling, threats
- Sexual Abuse - Harassing, forcing sex, cheating
Domestic violence is always about power and control. It can occur in any relationship, no matter what the race, religion, socio-economic status, culture, or creed of the partners.
Newaygo County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DV/SA) Task Force is dedicated to improving support for survivors and strengthening prevention efforts in our community. It is a coalition of local agency staff, members of law enforcement, and concerned citizens who have teamed up to:
- Support survivors of DV/SA with seamless referrals between Task Force members and helpful information about local resources
- Organize trainings for agency and law enforcement staff on topics such as trauma-informed care and survivor advocacy
- Raise public awareness about DV/SA issues and local solutions
- Promote constructive and rehabilitative alternatives for offenders
- Advocate for more public resources to support survivors
- Explore data and document local needs
Participating Agencies and Organizations
|WISE (Women's Information Service, Inc)||Newaygo Co. Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect|
|27th Circuit Court||Newaygo Co. Prosecuting Attorney|
|Arbor Circle||Newaygo Co. Regional Educational Service Agency|
|CMH (Newaygo Co. Mental Health)||Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial|
|DHHS (Department of Health & Human Services)||TrueNorth Community Services|
|Family Health Care||Newaygo County Sheriff's Department|
|The Farm: Where Living Things Grow||Fremont, Grant, Newaygo and White Cloud Police|
|Great Start Collaborative||Michigan State Police|
|Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Government||Federal Bureau of Investigation (Grand Rapids office)|
Newaygo County Legal Advocate
WISE (Women's Information Services)
The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force meets at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at the building adjacent to the White Cloud United Methodist Church, 1125 East Newell, White Cloud, MI.
July 26, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. at White Cloud United Methodist
2016-2017 Action Planning
In 2016, Newaygo County Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Task Force members agreed that the group should work toward additional collaborations beyond sharing service statistics during quarterly meetings. At the time, leadership and staffing changes at Women’s Information Services Inc. (WISE) provided an appropriate opportunity to develop new direction for the Task Force.
The resulting Action Plan is guiding the Task Force through 2017.