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County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy to offer Free Training for Domestic Violence Service Providers

Organizations and Legal Advocates to Learn, Refresh Information on Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors, Toolkit of Protections and Benefits
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, in partnership with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center is offering free training for Domestic Violence Service Providers, organizations, and community and legal advocates.  Presentations on a Toolkit of protections and benefits include information on employment protection, cash assistance, health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, victim witness assistance programs; and family law and immigration issues.  This program provides tools and strategies in critical areas that are not typically addressed in domestic violence trainings.  Light lunch will be provided.
 
WHO:
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Community and Legal Advocates
Panelists: 
Ruth Silver Taube, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center
Supervising Attorney, Workers Rights, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
Lisa Newstrom, Managing Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Kasey Halcon, Director of SV FACES Victim Witness Assistance Program
Commissioner, Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council
Anthony Sosa, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit, Bay Area Legal Aid
 
WHEN:
Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Mexican Heritage Plaza - School of Arts and Culture - 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
 
WHY:
Each year there are thousands of calls made to the police for assistance in domestic violence incidents in Santa Clara County. In 2012, law enforcement officers referred approximately 3,962 non-lethal cases of domestic violence to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office for review. The Office of the District Attorney filed charges in 2,259 cases (1,849 misdemeanors and 410 felonies). Santa Clara County’s family courts issued 1,996 domestic violence restraining orders in 2012. This means hundreds of survivors went to criminal and family court, a large majority of those survivors self-represented in family court, to obtain safety for themselves and their children.  
 
During 2012, there were nine domestic violence related deaths. Three of the nine cases included a domestic violence suspect who committed suicide. This is a decrease from the 17 domestic violence related deaths in 2011, which was the largest number of deaths in Santa Clara County since 2003. There were 144 domestic violence related deaths in the County from 2000-2012.
 
For more information, contact rsilvertaube@scu.edu or (408) 737-2313
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 398-0541.
Posted: September 19, 2013