The Mashpee Board of Selectmen voted unanimously during its meeting on Monday, April 26, to appoint nine members to an ad hoc committee for the prevention of violence against women and children.
Murylo Batista, a Mashpee resident and public health researcher, recommended forming a committee when he told the selectmen earlier this month that “four homicides in the past year of Mashpee women or of women in Mashpee has shown that the safety and well-being of women are being jeopardized in our town.”
Mr. Batista will be one of the nine members on the committee, which will be chaired by Sergeant Meredith Our of the Mashpee Police Department.
Town Manager Rodney C. Collins said on Monday that the committee will develop a strategy with specific objectives and produce a report that will be delivered to the selectmen.
Assistant Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael Patterson, Domestic Violence Specialist Tara Carline of the Mashpee Police Department, Lynne Waterman of the Mashpee Council on Aging, Gail Wilson of the Mashpee Human Services Department, Chief Kevin Frye of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Police Department, Jessie “Little Doe” Baird of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Edwina Johnson-Graham of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe were also appointed to the committee.