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Gov. Pat McCrory announced today appointments to the state Domestic Violence Commission.

The commission assesses statewide needs related to domestic violence and assures that necessary services, policies and programs are provided to those in need.

It also coordinates and collaborates with the Council for Women in strengthening existing domestic-violence programs and establishing new ones.

Phil Kline (Mecklenburg County), president and CEO of Safe Alliance, which provides assistance to those in crisis, was appointed to serve as chairman.

Other appointees are:

Rebecca Macy (Orange County), the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families and associate dean for academic affairs at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work; Gretchen Banks (Yancey County), a physician with Mission Health Children’s Pediatric Hospital in Asheville; David Elliot (Wake County), director of victims’ and citizen services for the state Department of Justice; Michael Silver (Forsyth County), an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County; Dana Mangum (Durham County), acting executive director at the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Kate Stahlman (Union County), co-founder of Compassion to Act, a faith-based organization established to abolish human trafficking.

The commission consists of 27 appointed members and 12 ex-officio members. The governor, president pro tempore of the state Senate and speaker of the House of Representatives appoint nine members each. Term lengths are two years.

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