The Domestic Violence Council’s (DVC) mission is to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors to assure safety and restoration for victims of domestic violence, cessation of the violence, and accountability for batterers.
The Domestic Violence Council will do this by:
- Improving coordination among agencies, departments, courts, members of the community and victims in matters of family violence and abuse;
- Promoting effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques that will be developed based upon research and data collection;
- Improving the response to domestic violence and abuse in order to reduce incidents thereof; and
- Educating the public about the need to end domestic violence.
The DVC consists of 22 members who are appointed be the Board of Supervisors and meet various qualifications. Each term is three years long, and no member shall serve more than three full terms. Apply to become a member of DVC here.
The DVC hosts monthly public meetings on the first Friday of each month at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose.
Much of the DVC's work is accomplished through its standing committees which host monthly, public meetings. For a description of each standing committee, as well as their meeting times, click on the work plan below. Current standing committees include:
- Batterer's Intervention
- Children's Issues
- Court Systems
- Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ) Community
- Medical Community
- Police/Victim Advocacy
Domestic Violence Reports and Publications
2014 Domestic Violence Conference -- Friday, October 3, 2014
Every year the DVC hosts the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference in October to provide continuous training to service providers and community members. National and local experts participate in workshops to bring the latest research to our community. Additionally, participants enjoy networking opportunities, a resource fair and lunch.
At the Conference, the DVC recognizes two members of the community who champion the rights of domestic violence survivors. The Champion of Peace Award recognizes the contributions an individual who has demonstrated commitment to peace in the family and community for a minimum of twenty years. The Outstanding Advocate Award recognizes the dedication and commitment of a domestic violence advocate who works tirelessly to serve the community, to ensure the safety of victims, and to fight to end domestic violence for a minimum of five years. All nominations must be submitted by a DVC councilmember or committee member.