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    #CompassionIsContagiousToo
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  1. Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence Was Already An Epidemic Before COVID-19

    Domestic violence increases whenever families spend more time together—whether they’re spending more time together during the holiday season or due to a pandemic. With COVID-19 forcing many families into isolation, surges in intimate partner abuse were probably inevitable. They’ve been reported all across the nation and around the world, promptly the United Nations to declare domestic violence a global crisis. Locally, agencies that operate shelters and provide other services for abuse victims have experienced a significant increase in crisis hotline calls. They’ve also reported “not only seeing more abuse, but injuries being inflicted that are more severe. The level of violence… has only gotten worse with the pandemic.” 
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  1. Child Abuse

    'More Egregious' Abuse


    Child Abuse & COVID-19—Two Public Heatlh Crises
    Reports to Missouri’s child abuse hotline dropped more than 50% in March. That was an ominous sign. With children in isolation after schools closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, teachers and other mandatory reporters could no longer watch over them and look for signs of abuse—signs, if spotted, they’d be required to report. If anything, the decrease in hotline calls sent off alarm bells. And in June the Child Protection Center experienced a surged in calls for its staff to interview victims—to acquire the statements the police needed to make arrests. CPC began seeing cases of abuse “much more egregious” than before the pandemic.
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  1. Juneteenth

    Let Freedom Ring


    On Juneteenth—And Everyday
    Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in this country. However, while the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution officially abolished slavery in America, neither, of course, ended racist oppression. Calls for Juneteenth to become a federal holiday are being made to not only recognize slavery’s unsavory role in building America, but to also acknowledge racism’s ongoing impact on the lives of African Americans today.
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  1. Mothers In Charge Founder At Homicide Scene

    Victims' Families & Violent Crime Survivors Still Need Support
    KC Mothers In Charge Founder Rosilyn Temple would—normally—be among the first to arrive at a Kansas City homicide scene, soon after the police, to offer crisis counseling  and other support for the victim’s surviving family members. But the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced Mothers In Charge and the AdHoc Group Against Crime to do the best they can, virtually and over the phone, to continue providing crime victim support services from a safe distance.
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  1. FUNDING DISTRIBUTION

COMBAT Funding Pie Chart

Half Toward Enforcement

COMBAT is supported through a quarter-center sales tax that Jackson County voters first approved in 1989 and have since renewed multiple times—the last time being in 2016 when they voted (with record 77% support) extending the COMBAT text another nine years. 

The tax generates more than $20 million a year to support prevention, treatment and anti-violence programs. The County Legislature approved a forumlar to distribute the funding, with half the revenue going toward law enforcement efforts.

A quarter-cent sales tax equates to an extra 25 cents per $100 spend. An estimated 30% of COMBAT revenue is generated by non-Jackson County resident paying the tax when shopping in the county.
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  1. #STRIVINTogether

STRIVING Together To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

Initiative Focuses On Need For Joint Effort To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

This COMBAT initiative brings together school administrators, police officers, elected officials, mental health professionals, social workers, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens to address violence in Jackson County’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. 

With a focus on developing a collaborative, comprehensive and coordinated plan in each “hot spot,” STRIVIN’ recognizes that no one individual or single agency can “save a neighborhood.” It takes working together—striving together—to make any neighborhood a safe place to call home.
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