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feedback, in conjunction with the input from the community forums, guided the final revision process. The revised draft was submitted to the Task Force for final approval, and the model policy was submitted to the Governor and the Legislature and disseminated throughout the state.

Development of State Domestic Violence Policy

Chapter 396 further directed OPDV to develop a state domestic violence policy. To facilitate this process, OPDV surveyed every state agency to determine any "activities, programs, rules, regulations, guidelines, or statutory requirements that have a direct or indirect bearing on the state's efforts and abilities to address the issue of domestic violence." OPDV collected and compiled the survey results and provided a report, with appropriate comments and recommendations, to the Governor and the Legislature in January, 1997.

The state agency survey results will provide valuable guidance to the OPDV Advisory Council in the state policy development process. The Council, a group composed of representatives from twenty-two state agencies and appointees of the Governor and the Legislature, including domestic violence advocates, was established to promote policy development and interagency coordination. The state domestic violence policy is scheduled for completion and submission to the Governor and the Legislature in 1998.

Definitions, Problem Statement, Purpose and Policy Statement


For purposes of this policy, the following terms will be defined as follows.

Domestic Violence: A pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.

Abuser: An adult who perpetrates a pattern of coercive

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