DA Cannizzaro invites city leaders, stakeholders to collaborate at first Domestic Violence Summit
December 13, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Friday (Dec. 13) invited city officials, victim advocates, law enforcement partners and other key stakeholders to a collaborative meeting next month aimed at achieving better funding, coordination, protection and services for Orleans Parish domestic violence victims.

The 2020 New Orleans Domestic Violence Summit: A Symposium for Solutions will be held in the grand jury auditorium of the District Attorney’s office on Friday, Jan. 17,
from 9 a.m.-noon.

“We look forward to hosting this important conference and hearing the impressive ideas and sophisticated strategies this group can bring together on this important issue,” Cannizzaro said. “Given the extraordinary level of attention and concern expressed by council leaders in recent days, we anticipate a collegial and highly collaborative push for solutions from these participants. Our city’s domestic violence victims are in great need of these leaders’ creativity, innovation and funding support.”

Among the invitees to the conference will be Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s office, all New Orleans City Council members, NOPD Supt. Shaun Ferguson, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, city health department leaders, advocates from the Family Justice Center and United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, Coroner Dwight McKenna, the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the Metro Centers for Community Advocacy, and judges from Orleans Parish Municipal Court, Criminal District Court and Civil Court.

“We hope the contributions of these stakeholders will lead to fully funded, actionable items and services that will immediately improve the experience and outcomes for domestic violence victims brave enough to report their abuse,” Cannizzaro said. “Only with this level of cooperation and commitment can we as a city achieve the results we envision.”