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County of Santa Clara to Host Forum on Teen Dating Violence

Office of Women’s Policy, Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative Focusing on Training for Service Providers
As part of the activities to commemorate National Teen Dating Violence Month, the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resource Collaborative will host a forum for service providers and educators who may be working with teenagers involved in violent dating relationships.  Participants will learn warning signs associated with teen dating violence, as well as available resources and services; connect with community agencies; and become familiar with the process of reporting and expediting help for victims.
The forum is free, but participants must pre-register, as space is limited. For more information or to pre-register, call Julie Ramirez at (408) 299-5135 or email  
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative (DVIR)
Service Providers, including local experts from the courts, law enforcement representatives, agencies assisting domestic violence victims, around-the-clock crisis hotlines, social services, housing and emergency shelters, immigration, legal, mental and substance abuse counseling
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
County of Santa Clara Re-Entry Center
151 W. Mission St., San Jose, CA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define teen dating violence as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking.  Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. A 2011 nationwide survey on youth risk behavior revealed that 9 out of 100 high school students reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey. 
About the Domestic Violence Information and Resources Collaborative:
The DVIR Collaborative currently includes the Office of Women’s Policy, the Superior Court, the Office of the District Attorney, the Sheriff’s Department, the Probation Department, South Bay Labor Council, the Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative and over 50 service providers and agencies assisting victims of domestic violence.   For the past five years, the collaborative has hosted approximately 20 workshops to bring together agencies and services providers who may help the community to better understand and navigate the system to better assist victims of domestic violence.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142    
Posted:  January 31, 2013