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Discussion of Resolutions by County, Town, and Municipal Governments

Since 2011 , government bodies throughout the United States have passed local resolutions that recognize freedom from domestic violence as a human right. Most of these resolutions cite to international human rights law and to the landmark case of Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States. A number of resolutions provide that the localities and their governments join U.S. and world leaders in "recognizing domestic violence as a human rights concern." [1] Many state that government has a responsibility to secure the right to be free from domestic violence. [2] Four specifically note that government has a "moral responsibility" to do so. [3] Some resolutions similarly provide that state and/or local governments should secure this right. [4]

Some resolutions state their intent to raise public awareness and enhance domestic violence education. [5] The Montgomery City and Montgomery County (Alabama) proclamation and the Erie County and Chicago proclamations declare October as domestic violence awareness month. The Chicago resolution reaffirms the City's commitment to disseminate domestic violence information and to collaborate with non-governmental organizations and local businesses in combating domestic violence. Many resolutions include specific provisions aimed at implementation.
 

Twelve direct local officials to incorporate the principles contained in the resolutions into governmental policies and practices. [6] Jacksonville's resolution also calls upon the city to "re-evaluate current laws and policies" regarding relationship violence. The Austin and Travis County resolutions call upon the County to appoint the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force to produce biennial reports over the next six years that evaluate the current practices and procedures of domestic violence services provided by the County. The City of Ithaca resolution commits the City to undertake, together with community partners, a study of the gaps and barriers in service delivery to survivors, and in their resolutions, Tompkins County (Legislature) and Tompkins County (Council) resolve to consider undertaking similar studies. In Seattle, the Human Rights Commission passed a resolution urging the federal government to take action on violence against women. The resolution was passed prior to the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA and calls upon the federal government to reapprove VAWA, in order to "ensure the right to be protected against violence."

In Seattle, the Human Rights Commission passed a resolution urging the federal government to take action on violence against women. The resolution was passed prior to the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA and calls upon the federal government to reapprove VAWA, in order to "ensure the right to be protected against violence."

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[1] Albany, Albany County (Legislature), Albany County (Executive), Baltimore, Montgomery and Chicago.

[2] Chicago, Cincinnati, Erie County, Tompkins County (Legislature), Washington, D.C., Miami-Dade County, Miami-Springs, Albany County (Executive), and Jacksonville.

[3] Miami-Dade County, Miami-Springs, Albany County (Executive), and Jacksonville.

[4] Albany, Albany County (Legislature), and Baltimore.

[5] Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, City of Ithaca, Jacksonville, Town of Ithaca, Miami Springs, Miami Dade County, Tompkins County (Legislature), Tompkins County (Council), and Travis County.

[6] Austin, Chicago, City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Jacksonville, Lansing, Miami Springs, Miami-Dade County, Tompkins County (Legislature), Tompkins County (Council), Travis County, and Washington, D.C.