Governor orders the creation of a Domestic Violence Act Task Force

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

May 17, 2018

Pohnpei—On May 14, Governor Marcelo Peterson signed an executive order establishing the Pohnpei Domestic Violence Act Task Force.

The Pohnpei Domestic Violence Act said that provisions regarding protection acts would not take effect until a task force has reviewed and studied the provisions and made recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than six months after the provision became effective.

The Executive Order says that the primary duty of the Task Force is to review and study the utilization of protection orders in section 1-109 to 1-117 of the Pohnpei Domestic Violence Act and submit recommendations to the Governor no later than six months after the Act became effective.  It gives the Task Force very little time since the Act became effective after the Governor signed it into law in December of last year.

The Task Force will be responsible for providing advice and to make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature, either on its own initiative or by request from the Governor on matters relating to the implementation of the Act.  It will also be required to facilitate an annual review of implementation of the Act in the form of a report to Legislature on the achievements and challenges with implementation of the Act.

The Executive Order did not name specific people to be assigned to the Task Force.  It said instead that it would consist of representatives from the Department of Health Services which will chair the Task Force.  Other members would be representatives of the Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General’s Office, Micronesian Legal Services, and the Pohnpei Women’s Council.

The Task Force held its first meeting on May 17.

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