No. 13-00

Recognizing That October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Supporting Placement Of "There’s No Excuse For Domestic Violence" Bumper Stickers On All Department of Public Health Vehicles

WHEREAS, every 12 seconds a woman is beaten, according to the Department of Justice; and,

WHEREAS, four million women require medical or police assistance per year; and,

WHEREAS, intimate partner violence is the most under-reported crime in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the American Medical Association reports that nearly one-fourth of American women will be abused by a current or former partner at some point in their lives; and,

WHEREAS, at least eight percent (8%) of pregnant women in the United States are battered during pregnancy and thus, are twice as likely to miscarry, and four times more likely to have low-birth-weight infants ("Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence" adopted from the Domestic Violence Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan); and,

WHEREAS, locally, the San Francisco Police Department receives approximately 9,500 domestic violence calls annually and made 1,188 domestic violence arrests in 1998; and,

WHEREAS, bumper stickers have been shown to be an effective education tool; now, therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Health Commission proclaims October "Domestic Violence Awareness" Month; and, be it,

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Health Commission urges the Director of Public Health to strongly urge placement of "There’s No EXCUSE for Domestic Violence," awareness bumper stickers on all Department of Public Health vehicles; and, be it,

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Health Commission requests the Board of Supervisors to consider placement of the same "There’s NO Excuse for Domestic Violence" bumper stickers on all City vehicles.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of October 3, 2000.

Sandy Ouye Mori, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission