The U.S. Justice Department is launching an Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Members are 14 leading experts from diverse fields and perspectives, including practitioners, child and family advocates, academic experts, and licensed clinicians. Joe Torre, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, founder of the Joe Torre Safe at Home® Foundation, and a witness to domestic violence as a child, will serve as the co-chair of the task force.
The panel will conduct four public hearings in Baltimore, Albuquerque, Miami, and Detroit to learn from practitioners, policymakers, academics, and community members about the extent and nature of the problem of children's exposure to violence, both as victims and as witnesses. The task force will also identify promising practices, programming, and community strategies used to prevent and respond to children's exposure to violence. the first hearing will be in Baltimore Nov. 29.