President's Message

  Matt WiesePAAM President

I’m honored to be PAAM’s President for 2020-2021.  Prosecutors are ministers of justice.  As Robert Traver, former Marquette County Prosecutor, author of “Anatomy of a Murder”, which was set in Marquette County, said, “The DA is inevitably in daily collision with life at its most elemental level.  He is like the intern on an ambulance call:  he is constantly witnessing the naked emotions of his people—raw unbuttoned and bleeding….by virtue of his job the DA is the keeper of the public conscience.”  

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every 9 seconds, a woman in the US is beaten and assaulted.  Current COVID-19 quarantine restrictions can increase an abuser’s access to a survivor. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has seen an increase in calls of as much as 15%.  Being isolated at home in the current economic climate, compounded by the stress of an abusive relationship, can lead to increased risk of violence.

If you are in this situation, help is available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-7 via: 

  • Phone:  1-800-799-7233
  • Chat:  thehotline.org
  • Text:  Text LOVEIS to 22522

You can also go to this website for services in your community:  https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29941_30586_240-2884--,00.html

Marquette County has long had a coordinated response to domestic violence that integrates law enforcement, community-based advocacy, and prosecution as the foundation to this approach.  Most recently, Marquette County adopted the Domestic Violence Blueprint for Safety, an enhanced coordinated community response to domestic violence.  The Blueprint was developed by Praxis International as the result of the work by Dr. Ellen Pence, one of the co-founders of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project.  One of my goals as PAAM President will be to offer a Domestic Violence Blueprint for Safety Summit where communities from around the state can learn about this enhanced community response, and determine whether the Blueprint is a model that can be replicated in their own communities.

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