$900,000 Grant Helps with Expansion of CoCo County Domestic Violence Services

By Mayor of Claycord
October 22, 2012

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence, an initiative of the County’s Board of Supervisors, received a $900,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women through the Grants to Encourage Arrest Polices and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program.

“Congratulations are in order to Contra Costa County on earning this funding. Their efforts, combined with the efforts of their partners, can help prevent domestic violence in our community. But this grant also underscores the need for Congress to ensure that the Violence Against Women Act can continue to fund important programs like these around the country,” stated Rep. George Miller.

The program enhances victim safety and offender accountability in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by encouraging jurisdictions to implement pro-arrest policies as an effective intervention that is part of a coordinated community response. An integral component of the arrest program is the creation and enhancement of collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, and community organizations which respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

“As we mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, this grant is a critical investment in preventing domestic violence in Contra Costa County. The demand for domestic violence services is increasing and this award couldn’t come at a better time. We are fortunate to have a strong partnership of public and private agencies working together to create safety for families in our communities. This funding recognizes the tireless efforts of advocates, law enforcement, the Court, and numerous agencies to create comprehensive approaches to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking,” said Devorah Levine, Director of Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative.

Contra Costa County, in collaboration with its non-profit, non-governmental victim service partners Bay Area Legal Aid, Community Violence Solutions, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, and Tides Center, will use this grant funding to increase services to families and individuals throughout Contra Costa County. Funds will support the newly established Family Justice Center in Richmond, providing comprehensive services in one location for victims and their children; legal advocacy; increased access in obtaining restraining orders; intensive monitoring of offenders and the creation of countywide risk assessment tools and multidisciplinary training.

For more information about Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence initiative, please visit the website at www.contracostazt.org.

Source: Claycord