Task Force

The Mayor’s Office of Domestic and Community Violence Prevention Task Force is made up of key community stakeholders who shape the work of the office.  The Task Force is divided into three components that each play a critical role in addressing violence in our community – prevention, protection and prosecution. 

Members of the Task Force represent the following community agencies:
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Court
  • Carrie Lynn Children's Advcoacy Center
  • Children's Home and Aid
  • City of Rockford Health and Human Services
  • City of Rockford Police Department
  • Family Peace Center
  • Medical Evaluation Response Team (MERIT)
  • NAMI
  • NIU Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic
  • RAMP
  • Region 1 Planning Council
  • Regional Office of Education
  • Remedies Renewing Lives
  • Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
  • Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
  • United States Attorney's Office (Northern District of Illinois)
  • Winnebago County Adult Probation
  • Winnebago County CASA
  • Winnebago County Sheriff's Department
  • Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office

Below are just a few examples of strategies the Task Force has developed.

  1. Prevention
  2. Protection
  3. Prosecution
  • Engaging Men and Boys as Allies in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls Grant: In an effort to address a vast absence of male voices meaningfully engaging in or leading efforts to end violence against women and girls, the Office won a grant to support a project to create educational programming and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women, girls and marginalized communities to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking. The project will develop and implement a train-the-trainer program for community organizations or programs to incorporate education and/or training into their existing work with male clients to prevent violence against women and girls. 
  • Educators’ Summit: This annual event addresses the growing challenges presented by students facing severe social-emotional issues driven by exposure to domestic, sexual and community violence.  
  • The Juvenile Enhanced Response Team (JVERT):  JVERT’s human trafficking committee reviews cases of suspected youth trafficking and is also working to develop a law enforcement led, school based and parent involved training that specifically addresses web based sexual exploitation, grooming and recruitment.