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Supervisor Taylor calls for 'Purple Alert' to locate domestic violence victims

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 10:47:43-04

WISCONSIN — Milwaukee Supervisor Sequanna Taylor is calling on the state of Wisconsin to create a "Purple Alert" that would expedite the process of filing a missing person's report for victims of domestic violence.

The alert would include locating people who may be missing, injured or vulnerable.

This comes as October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, begins to wrap-up.

"A Purple Alert system would save lives and by making it easier to quickly locate victims of domestic violence. With every hour that passes, a missing person becomes more vulnerable, so 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 harms way," said Taylor. "Speeding up this process will save lives. With incidents of domestic violence on the rise during the Coronavirus pandemic, this alert system is needed now more than ever."

A Purple Alert would be similar to an Amber Alert for children or a Silver Alert for seniors. The Purple Alert would reduce the amount of time that must pass before a missing person's report can be completed.

Taylor will introduce her resolution at the Health and Human Needs Committee meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

If enacted, Wisconsin would be the first state to have a domestic violence alert system.

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