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)

Lead Agency

WISE (Women’s Information Services)

Coordinator

Eric Wiltfang
Newaygo County Legal Advocate
WISE (Women's Information Services)
(231) 349-0114

Meetings

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.

Upcoming

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.