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County of Santa Clara and City of Campbell to Offer Domestic Violence Information and Resources Workshop

County’s Collaborative to Provide Information, Services and Support to Residents in Need

WHAT:
The Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative Workshop gathers representatives from over 30 County agencies and community based organizations to assist domestic violence or sexual abuse victims and their families. Participants will learn how to navigate the court system, and how to obtain legal assistance and protection for the victims. Services include around-the-clock crisis hotlines, social services, housing and emergency shelters, immigration, legal, mental health and substance abuse counseling, as well as LGBTQ resources. Although this workshop targets City of Campbell residents, other County residents are welcome to attend.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara
Supervisor Ken Yeager
, President, Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
City of Campbell
Local experts
from the courts, domestic violence agencies and law enforcement
Victims of domestic violence, family members, friends, or coworkers of someone in a dangerous or abusive situation
Community members willing to take actions against domestic violence
Participants interested in law, social work, psychology or other related fields and want to learn the process of reporting and getting help for victims

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Campbell Community Center (Roosevelt Room), 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA

WHY:
In 2009, 11 domestic violence related deaths were reported in Santa Clara County. The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative has conducted 14 workshops across Santa Clara County to expand awareness and promote resources and information about domestic violence. Over 30 public and community agencies will be attending this workshop, including the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, the Superior Court, the Department of Mental Health, the Social Services Agency, the Office of the Public Defender, the Probation Department, the Office of the Sheriff, the Criminal Domestic Violence Court, the Family Court, the Drug Court, Child Support Services, and substance abuse counseling and emergency services.
No registration is necessary. Refreshments, child care and translation will be offered at no cost to participants. For more information, call (408) 299-5135 or email owp@ceo.sccgov.org

DISCLAIMER: To protect participants’ confidentiality, this workshop is only open to County residents and counselors. Reporters are encouraged to interview coordinators prior to the event.

Available for interviews, prior to event:
Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy and Workshop coordinator (408) 299-5135, Cell (408) 772-2825

About the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative:

As funding for domestic violence community education and prevention has continued to dwindle, the Superior Courts, led by Judge Erica Yew, engaged a small group of volunteer stakeholders to organize a series of public workshops to provide basic information to community members in the hopes that potential victims of domestic violence could learn more about how the system works and how to connect with help and resources.
Since fall 2007 the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy has partnered with the Superior Court to provide coordination and support to the Collaborative and its initiatives. Attendance has grown from approximately 60 participants and providers to more than 200 in the most recent workshops. Outreach has also been expanded to underserved communities.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5135
Posted: June 2, 2010