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November 12, 2013

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Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins speaks to attendees of the Domestic Violence Task Force Serving the Harbor Communities’ 13th Annual CommUNITY Breakfast in Chelsea.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently gave his voice to the efforts to end domestic violence at the 13th Annual CommUNITY Breakfast of the Domestic Violence Task Force Serving the Harbor Communities.

Working within the municipalities of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, the Domestic Violence Task Force Serving the Harbor Communities is a group of local agencies dedicated to raising awareness about violence in the home through outreach, education and access to support.

Following the event welcome by Chelsea Police Detective Rosie Medina and the keynote address by Jarrett Barrios, Chief Executive of the American Red Cross, Sheriff Tompkins briefly spoke to the gathering about the scourge of domestic violence and the need for increased services for both victim and abuser.

“One in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetimes,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “These assaults occur at the hands of people who are supposed to love them and care about them – people who are supposed to make them feel safe. On the financial side, domestic violence costs more than 37 billion dollars per year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.”

“We need to be able to provide more of the resources necessary for victim services and also to change the behaviors of those who would perpetrate these crimes,” Sheriff Tompkins continued. “As a society, we must insist that everyone understands that a loved one should put their arms around you to comfort you, not put their hands on you to hurt you.”

Guests in attendance each received a program folder filled with informative materials, including the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department “Victim Services Unit” pamphlet, all containing contact information for numerous services and agencies specializing in domestic violence awareness and emergency assistance.

Member agencies of the Domestic Violence Task Force Serving the Harbor Communities include, along with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department: Community Action Programs Inter–City, Inc.; Chelsea Community Connections Coalition; Chelsea Revere Elder Services; Department of Children and Families; Domestic Violence Unit of the Chelsea Police Department; HarborCOV; Harbor Area Early Intervention; Child and Family Services at North Suffolk Mental Health Association; HAVEN at MGH; Chelsea, Revere WIC Program; North Suffolk Mental Health Association; Domestic Violence Unit of the Revere Police Department; Revere Public Library; Domestic Violence Unit of Winthrop Police Department; and WEE (Women Encouraging Empowerment).


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