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County of Santa Clara, Sacred Heart Community Service to Host Workshop On Teen Dating Violence

Domestic Violence Information and Resource Collaborative To Raise Awareness, Provide Services to Victims and Families

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Information and Resource Collaborative is partnering with Sacred Heart Community service to bring information, resources and services about teen dating violence for potential victims, relatives and friends. The workshop is also useful for people interested in law, social work, psychology or other related fields interested in the process of reporting and getting help for victims.

“It is very unfortunate that sometimes violence is witnessed or experienced very early in life, in situations that could even involve teenagers dating,” said Supervisor George Shirakawa, President, County of Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Chairperson of the Public Safety and Justice Committee. “The County has been able to reach people in vulnerable situations thanks to the relentless efforts of the Office of Women’s Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resource Collaborative. We want to make sure our youngsters know that they deserve to be in supportive relationships, and they have choices and protection when that is not the case.”

“Abusive relationships usually come with red flags that sometimes are not easily identified by victims,” said Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director of the Office of Women’s Policy. “This workshop represents an extraordinary opportunity for teenagers, families and supporters to learn about early signs of domestic and teen violence, how the system works in terms of reporting abuse, and how to obtain the services and resources needed to stop and heal from this abuse.”

The Teen Dating Violence Workshop will take place today at from 5:30 p.m.to 8:00 at p.m. at Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 South First Street, San José, CA 95110.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Office of Women’s Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative to reach teenagers who might be in a desperate situation and do not know there is help for them said Sacred Heart Community Service Executive Director Poncho Guevara. “We are committed to raising awareness about domestic violence and teen violence before youngsters wrongly begin to believe abuse is a justifiable behavior.”

The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative has conducted more than 20 workshops across Santa Clara County to expand awareness and promote resources and information about domestic violence. Over 20 public and community agencies are participating at today’s 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.

There is no fee for the workshop. Refreshments, child care and translation will be available 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. Media can coordinate interviews prior to the event by contacting Buu Thai, at (408) 299-5135 or (408) 772-2825 (cell).

Background

Five domestic violence deaths were reported in 2010 and 16 resulted 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. 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 an advocate can help them confidentially.

About Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence statistics are alarming and raise concerns for school administrators. According to statistics from various reports*, dating violence exists across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines. Research indicates that:

  • One in three people are affected by physical, sexual or verbal violence while dating.
  • Approximately one in five high school students report being physically (slapped, pushed, hit, threatened or coerced) and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • Nearly 25 percent of 14-17 year-olds surveyed know at least one student who was a victim of dating violence.
  • One out of 10 teenagers know multiple victims of dating violence. One third of teens surveyed have actually witnessed such an event.
  • Thirty nine percent of female high school students report that students talk in school about whether someone is attempting to control the person they are dating.
  • When female high school students were asked whom they would talk to if someone they date is attempting to control them, insults them, or physically harms them, 86 percent said they would confide in a friend, while only 7 percent said they would talk to police.

*Statistics extracted from the following sources:

Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; and Jeanne E. Hathway, MD, MPH, “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy and Suicidality,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, (No. 5., 2001).
Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, (2000).
Tiffany J. Zwicker, Education Policy Brief, “The Imperative of Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs in Secondary Schools.” 12 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, 131, (2002).
Tiffany J. Zwicker, Education Policy Brief, “The Imperative of Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs in Secondary Schools.” 12 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, 131, (2002).

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 9, 2012