02-12 7:30 am Community Matters
WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.
victims of the details on the upcoming blueprint for safety seminar on domestic violence and coordinating the response. Luck I think we can be encouraged about the possibilities of making the library foundation healthier. New Orleans
how health. Racism and communications intersect one of the seminars is on domestic violence symbol feature of the New Orleans health departments and blueprint. For safety program we're joined by shock of say Ramirez the assistant director of two lane center for excellence in maternal and child health. And a director of New Orleans Health Department doctor Marcia Broussard. Thank you for both. Being with us today. Thank you can't let's begin with you doctor Broussard tell us about the blueprint for safety in what it's really all about the blueprint for safety. Is the city's response to pervasive. Obviously I am I guess psychic call it an epidemic of domestic violence and so we realize that as the city that we had to address this issue and a more comprehensive way. We know that in 2016. We had nearly 2500. Domestic violence calls. And as it relates to the whole country Louisiana is we're second in the number of female victims killed by mail intimate partners. So that is the reason for. You know the blueprint for safety is when its call so what we did is that we decided to. I seek information about how other cities are addressing this issue and for that reason we went to one of the best practice cities which was Saint Paul , Minnesota . And worked with him to determine what they were doing to decrease their domestic violence rates. And also. To understand their approach and so they have a best practice called the blue print for safety. And we decided. Not just the Health Department in New Orleans but also our partner agencies. Made that commitment to pursue the blueprint for safety. So you ask me what it is. It is a way of more consistently. And I would say more caring only responding to the needs of women and men who are victims of domestic violence because there's a lot going on it's not just the police department it's not just the court system but it's it's all is set several layers to this right. Absolutely when there is a domestic violence events are in most cases it's really a series of events. There are probably six. Public agencies. That are responsible for responding
so they're just a number of agencies that are involved in the domestic violence case. And so are part of what. The blueprint is just trying to get all of those agencies on the same page making sure that there's common language in which they can address. Domestic violence stages and phases of that everyone understands what's going on in any given time. And we can provide better services to the