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c.County and local officials and leaders should initiate and sustain domestic violence education and awareness efforts designed to reach the entire county community.

While education and awareness efforts are vitally important to ensure that victims in the community know how and where to find information, support, and services, these efforts are also important to the establishment of a coordinated community response to the problem. County and local officials and leaders should support the education efforts of local domestic violence service providers and should undertake efforts to foster the involvement of every member of the community in assuming a reasonable and achievable role in responding to domestic violence, both personally and professionally. Education efforts are essential to promoting community responsibility for the problem of domestic violence. Such efforts can include the use of radio and TV public service announcements and public access television channels as a useful means to reach a large audience.

d.Community members should be engaged in defining community-based strategies for reinforcing abuser responsibility and supporting victims that are consistent with the Guiding Principles put forward in this document, and that strengthen and support the formal systems' responses.

e. County and local officials and leaders should develop, implement, and widely publicize a mechanism through which community members can provide evaluative information and suggestions for improvements in the formal systems' responses to domestic violence.

The input of community members regarding the effectiveness of systems' responses is essential in any meaningful effort to evaluate and monitor those responses. Creating and publicizing the availability of a clear and accessible mechanism through which individuals from the community can provide feedback and input not only provides the information needed to further strengthen responses to domestic violence, but also clearly communicates the willingness of public  

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