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

County Collaborative Partners with InnVision to Provide Information and Services to Residents in Need

WHAT:
The Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative Workshop
gathers representatives from over 20 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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) resources.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
InnVision Georgia Travis Center
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:
Thursday, April 7, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
InnVision Georgia Travis Center, 297 Commercial Street, San José, CA 95112

WHY:
While five domestic violence deaths were reported in 2010, domestic violence has resulted in three deaths in Santa Clara County in the first three months of 2011. The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative has conducted 19 workshops across Santa Clara County to expand awareness and promote resources and information about domestic violence. Over 20 public and community agencies will be attending this workshop, including the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, the Superior Court, the Mental Health Department , Social Services Agency, Office of the Public Defender, Probation Department, Office of the Sheriff, Criminal Domestic Violence Court, Family Court, Drug Court, Child Support Services, and substance abuse counseling and emergency services. 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, child care and translation will be offered at no cost to participants. For more information, call (408) 299-5152 or email owp@ceo.sccgov.org

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

Available for interviews, prior to event:
Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy and Workshop Coordinator
(408) 299-5152, Cell (408) 655-8766

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.

During the fall of 2011, a DVD based on the Domestic Violence Information and Resources workshops will be available for distribution to organizations and businesses. The video will be an important educational tool about domestic violence and resources to help families in Santa Clara County.

Media Contact: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152
Posted: April 6, 2011