On Violence Against Women and Girls
Expanding on his Innovative Plan to Make Boston Safer, City Councilor and candidate for mayor Rob Consalvo today called for the creation of a new citywide task force aimed at violence against women and girls.
The citywide task force would be housed in the Consalvo Administration’s new Mayor’s Office of Ideas and Innovation, and tasked with developing innovative solutions for preventing violence against women and girls, intervening in the cycle of domestic violence that many women become trapped in and targeting violent offenders who prey on women and girls.
“As mayor, I will fight against the evils of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking with all my might,” Consalvo said. “We know that the majority of violence against women is committed by people they know and by working with advocacy organizations and survivors we will develop innovative approaches to keep women and girls safe in Boston.”
As part of his comprehensive plan to make Boston safer, Consalvo will create a Public Safety Report Card that will provide the residents of Boston with his Administration’s goals to prevent crime and measure the progress we have made toward meeting those goals. In his first term as mayor, Consalvo has committed to a 30 percent decrease in stranger rapes and a 10% increase in reporting of domestic violence incidents and acquaintance rape.
“Too many violent crimes against women go unreported,” Consalvo said. “In addition to using innovative technologies to prevent crimes against women and put criminals on notice, we must commit to creative a safe and non-judgmental environment to encourage all women who have been victims to come forward and get the help they need.”
Consalvo’s citywide task force will work with and build on the efforts of the Family Justice Center to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Consalvo said.