The following recommendations are designed to promote the involvement of all members of the community in both responding to and preventing domestic violence.
a.County and local officials and leaders involved in local Task Forces or Coalitions dedicated to improving a community's coordinated response to domestic violence should solicit and facilitate the full participation of recognized leaders, including those representing community-based civic, religious, cultural, and ethnic groups and organizations, organizations representing the needs of lesbians, elders, people with physical and mental disabilities, and undocumented immigrants, and representatives of the private sector.
Many communities have existing Domestic Violence Task Forces or Coalitions made up of representatives of the criminal and civil justice, health care, and human services systems. The inclusion of community members who live and work outside of these formal systems is essential to the creation of effective coordinated responses to the problem of domestic violence, as is participation from representatives of the business community. Equally essential is input from the myriad diverse groups that live in a community regarding the particular needs of victims from these groups so that coordinated responses reflect the diversity of victims.
b.County and local officials and leaders involved in local Task Forces or Coalitions dedicated to improving a community's coordinated response to domestic violence should solicit and encourage the participation of local television, print, and radio media representatives. They should also encourage the Task Force to develop and provide media outlets with a list of local people who have domestic violence expertise and can serve as media resources.
An important aspect of community education about domestic violence is the way in which the problem is portrayed by the media. Increasing media's access to accurate information will help to ensure that domestic violence is depicted as a serious crime, that it is framed accurately, and that the community's response will be appropriately evaluated. Further, media awareness of the seriousness of domestic violence may increase coverage of domestic violence-related news and