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Forces or Coalitions made up of representatives of the criminal and civil justice, health care, human services, and educational systems, as well as employers and unions. These Task Force efforts are strengthened by representation from civic, religious, cultural, and ethnic groups and organizations and those representing the needs of lesbians, elders, people with physical and mental disabilities, and undocumented immigrants. The active participation of providers from all of these systems is essential to the creation of effective coordinated responses to the problem of domestic violence.

4.PROMOTING A COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE

GROUNDED IN THE PRINCIPLES OF ZERO TOLERANCE

While the development and implementation of improved responses within formal community systems are primary elements in effecting a coordinated community response to the problem of domestic violence, a strong, clear, consistent, and intolerant response from the entire community is necessary to turn the tide away from the centuries-old ethic of tolerance and support for domestic violence. County and local officials and leaders have tremendous opportunity to engage the larger county community in creating an environment of zero tolerance for domestic violence. The active participation of individuals, groups, and organizations in a coordinated response to domestic violence is an important part of the success of such an effort. Public/private partnerships can further facilitate accomplishment of these goals and the recommendations that follow.

There is a myriad of community "systems" that should be enlisted in an effort to promote a coordinated community response including civic, religious, cultural, and ethnic groups and  organizations. In addition, an individual within a community often has many relationships independent of participation or membership in a group or organization, for example, as a neighbor, friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance of someone who is affected by domestic violence. Community members have significant influence in their personal relationships to advance the ethic of zero tolerance for domestic violence and should be actively challenged to participate in efforts designed to promote victim safety and reinforce abuser accountability.

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