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Meeting Information


2009 2008 2007 

Family Violence Council: 

Addressing Violence throughout the Lifespan



Thursday, October 15, 2009

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

San Francisco Civil Court

400 McAllister Street, Room 617

San Francisco, CA 94102



Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, or designee

Director of Department of Aging and Adult Services, or designee

Mayor, or designee

Director of Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, or designee

President of the Board of Supervisors, or designee

Director of Child Support Services, or designee

District Attorney, or designee

Director of Domestic Violence Consortium, or designee

Chief of Police, or designee

Director of Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention, or designee

Sheriff, or designee

Director of San Francisco Child Abuse Council, or designee

President of Commission on the Status of Women, or designee

Chair of Batterer’s Intervention Programs Subcommittee

Chief of Adult Probation, or designee

Director of Department of Animal Care and Control, or designee

Chief of Department of Emergency Management, or designee

Public Defender, or designee

Director of the Department of Public Health, or designee

Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District, or designee

Director of Human Services Agency, or designee



I.          CALL TO ORDER/ AGENDA CHANGES               DISCUSSION/ACTION         1 min.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.        INTRODUCTIONS                                                    DISCUSSION                         2 min.


III.       APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                      DISCUSSION/ACTION         1 min.

Explanatory document – Minutes from July 16, 2009 Family Violence Council meeting and Minutes from the August 13, 2009 Family Violence Council meeting.

Action: To approve the July 16, 2009 and August 13, 2009 minutes.




A.        Police Chief George Gascón                                      DISCUSSION                         10 min.

The Council will welcome the new Chief of Police, and he will give brief remarks about the Police Department’s response to Family Violence.


B.        Photo Documentation of Injuries                               DISCUSSION                         5 min.

Laura Marshall will provide an update on this training opportunity.


C.        Intervention Committee                                            DISCUSSION                         5 min.

Laura Marshall will provide an update about the Intervention Committee meeting on September 10, 2009.


D.        Emerging Issues in Child Visitation Services          DISCUSSION/ACTION         10 min. 

Sonia Melara of Rally Visitation Services will provide an overview of new legislation being considered for the fall as it relates to visitation services, custody, and safety issues for women and children, and. 


E.         SFUSD Overview of Wellness Services                    DISCUSSION/ACTION         10 min. 

Ilsa Bertolini will present an overview violence prevention and intervention services of the school district.  


F.         Family Violence Dashboards                                      DISCUSSION/ACTION         40 min. 

Explanatory document – Draft Family Violence Dashboard.


1.         Dashboard Indicators: Members will discuss the draft document and determine the indicators to be measured throughout the year.

2.         Discussion and action on 2010 Meeting Schedule

Action: To approve the 2010 Family Violence Council Meeting Schedule


G.        Current Trends in Family Violence/Announcements  DISCUSSION                         2 min.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and share new or emerging trends in the field of family violence.  This will also be an opportunity for sharing relevant information and announcements with attendees.


V.         PUBLIC COMMENT                                                 DISCUSSION                         2 min.

This item is to allow members of the public to comment, for a maximum of 2 minutes each, on matters within the Council’s purview, as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Council’s future consideration. 


VI.       ADJOURNMENT                                                        ACTION                                 1 min.


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