Sup. Sequanna Taylor
Press Release

City and County Leaders Call for ‘Purple Alert’ to Protect Domestic Violence Victims in Wisconsin

 

By - Mar 29th, 2021 02:04 pm

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously adopted a resolution last Tuesday directing the City’s Department of Administration – Intergovernmental Relations Division to advocate for state and federal legislation implementing a Purple Alert system to expedite the process of filing a missing person report for domestic violence victims.

This follows an October 2020 County Board resolution sponsored by Supervisor Sequanna Taylor requesting a Purple Alert system in Wisconsin.

A Purple Alert system would save lives by making it easier to quickly locate victims of domestic violence,” said Supervisor Taylor. “With every hour that passes, a missing person becomes more vulnerable. Reducing the amount of time a loved one must wait to file a report is essential to the health and safety of someone who may be in harm’s way. The many victims I have connected with have inspired this work, like Ms. Carrie Scott-Haney who lost her daughter to domestic violence and was repeatedly told to wait 48 hours to file a report.”

Similar to an Amber Alert for missing children or a Silver Alert for seniors, a Purple Alert would reduce the amount of time that must elapse before a concerned individual can complete a missing person’s report when the missing person is a victim of domestic violence. The alert would also notify the public of the missing person and secure the support of the community in locating the missing individual.

“This is a step forward in ensuring that everyone in our city has the basic right to feel safe in their own home,” said Common Council President Cavalier Johnson, a sponsor of the City resolution.

“The impact of domestic violence on families is devastating,” said Alderwoman Milele Coggs, also a resolution sponsor. “We hope this legislation helps families have a chance at locating their loved ones sooner, alleviating some of the pain. I am proud to be a sponsor of this legislation and grateful that Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee are aligned on this issue.”

If enacted, Wisconsin would be the first state to employ a Purple Alert system for missing or endangered victims of domestic violence.

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