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County of Santa Clara to Host Domestic Violence Information and Resources Workshop for LGBTQ Community

 
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative are gathering representatives from County agencies and community based organizations to assist members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community on domestic violence issues and resources.  
 
This workshop is for professionals, advocates, attorneys, social workers, probation officers, therapists, medical care, and other service providers working with clients who have experienced intimate partner or domestic violence in same sex or transgender relationships.  
 
A panel of experts will lead a Question and Answer session.   Topics to be discussed are law enforcement response, how to navigate the system and obtain legal assistance, and services for domestic violence victims.  A resource fair with over 30 services represented will follow. Services include around-the-clock crisis hotlines, social services, housing and emergency shelters, LGBTQ resources, immigration, legal, mental health and substance abuse counseling.
 
WHO:
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative
Billy de Frank LGBTQ Community Center
Local experts from the courts, domestic violence agencies and law enforcement
LGBTQ 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 who want to learn how to report and get help for victims, or are willing to take actions against domestic violence
 
WHEN:
Monday, August 12, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Billy de Frank LGBTQ Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San José, CA
 
WHY:
According to the Center for American Progress, while many victims of domestic violence grapple with issues of shame, LGBTQ victims have an additional burden.  To obtain information and appropriate help from law enforcement, courts and victim services, lesbian and gay victims must reveal their sexual orientation, commonly referred to as coming out of the closet.
 
Based upon a 2010 study on Intimate Partner Violence, the number of report LGBTQ domestic violence incidents has increased by 38 percent since 2009. Also, less than half of LGBTQ victims who sought an order of protection received one.  More than 1/3 of survivors were turned away from shelters.  Deaths from Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ community have increased since 2008. 
 
No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be offered at no cost to participants. To host a resource table or for more information, call (408) 299-5135 or email owp@ceo.sccgov.org  
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142; Amy Caffrey, LMFT, Local expert in DV & LGBTQ, (408) 504-3487