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County of Santa Clara to Host Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Workshop

County Collaborative Partners with Sacred Heart Community Service to Provide Guidance to Teenagers in Abusive Relationships

WHAT:
The Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative Teen Dating Workshop gathers representatives from over 20 County agencies and community based organizations to assist domestic violence or sexual abuse victims and their families. This particular workshop targets teen dating violence. High School and College age students, relatives or friends who might know someone in need of support are welcome to attend. Participants will learn how to navigate the court system, and how to obtain legal assistance and protection for 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
Sacred Heart Community Service
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 raise awareness and provide support to someone in need of resources and services; and 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, February 9, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 South First Street, San José, CA 95110

WHY:
Five domestic violence deaths were reported in 2010 and 16 occurred in 2011 in Santa Clara County. The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative has conducted over 20 workshops across Santa Clara County to expand awareness and promote resources and information about domestic violence. Participating agencies and community agencies include 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 always encouraged to call (800) 799-SAFE (7233), where an advocate can help them confidentially.

No registration is necessary. Refreshments, childcare and translation will be available 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. Media representatives are encouraged to interview coordinators prior to the event.

Available for interviews, prior to event:
Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy Grants Coordinator and Women’s Initiatives (408) 299-5135.


About the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative:

As funding for domestic violence community education and prevention continues 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.

The Office of Women’s Policy produced a DVD based on the Domestic Violence Information and Resources workshops. The video is available for distribution to organizations and businesses, as an important educational tool to help families in Santa Clara Counties learn about domestic violence, services and resources available to them.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy, (408) 299-5135
Posted: February 8, 2012