In October as we recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I stood with Mayor Garcetti, my fellow Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Councilmember David Ryu, Elizabeth Eastlund of Rainbow Services, and LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala to speak on the importance of providing training to our first responders and LAFD personnel so that they are able to spot signs of domestic violence.
It is in those critical first moments of contact between our first responders and the public that signs and evidence of domestic violence can present itself. So it is crucial that when that moment comes, our emergency personnel are ready, willing and able to spot those signs. Moreover, we already provide this training to our LAPD officers. I figure, if it is good enough for them, why not all of our first responders. It sounds like common sense to you and me. But sometimes we become so focused on the intractable issues of the day that we forget about the easy ways we can improve the lives of the public we represent.