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County of Santa Clara and City of Mountain View Partner to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

County’s Collaborative Encourages Residents to Participate and Benefit From Domestic Violence Information and Resources Workshop on October 21

WHAT:
The Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative Workshop gathers representatives from dozens of agencies and community based organizations to assist domestic violence or sexual abuse victims and their families. The collaborative’s goal is to educate participants about domestic violence, increase awareness of available resources in Santa Clara County, and provide information and resources about domestic abuse. 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, and LGBTQ resources.
This workshop is sponsored by County of Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5, the City of Mountain View – Human Relations Commission, the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Workshop Collaborative

WHO:
County of Santa Clara
Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
City of Mountain View – Human Relations Commission
The Domestic Violence Information & Resources Collaborative
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
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:
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Rengstorff Community Center – Auditorium
201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA

WHY:
Domestic violence is a very serious threat to women’s well-being. In 2009, there were 4,721 domestic violence related calls for assistance to the police, and authorities identified 11 domestic violence related deaths. Three children lost their lives and one child lost both parents because of these deadly acts. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office reviewed 4,538 criminal domestic violence complaints, and issued charges in 2,686 cases. Nineteen percent of domestic violence cases reviewed involved female suspects.

The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative has conducted 15 workshops across Santa Clara County to expand awareness and promote resources and information about domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence in Santa Clara County are encouraged to call (800) 799-SAFE (7233), where a confidential advocate can help them.

No registration is necessary. Refreshments, childcare and translation at no cost available 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

Panel Presentation by judges Shawna Schwartz, Sharon Chatman and Dan Nishigaya, with representatives from the Office of the Public Defender, District Attorney’s office, the Probation Department, Mountain View Police Department, Bay Area Legal Aid and Next Door Solutions.

Participating Agencies:

Over 30 public and community agencies will be attending this workshop, including the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, the Department of Mental Health, 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 and Families Support Services, and substance abuse counseling and housing.

SCC Department of Children and Family Services
Parent Solutions CA
Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County (4C’s)
TLC-Kids
Community Health Awareness Council
SCC Superior Court Self Help Center/Family Law facilitator’s office
SCC Public Defender
SCC Probation Department
Mountain View Police Department
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY)
Bay Area Legal Aid
Silicon Valley FACES- Victim Witness
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
InnVision
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
Project Sentinel
LGBTQ Domestic Violence Resources
Billy Defrank Center

About the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative:

As funding for domestic violence community education and prevention has continued to dwindle, the Superior Court, 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 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: October 13, 2010