Cal OES Releases More than $2 Million in Funding to Ensure Continuity of Domestic Violence Services During COVID-19 Pandemic


Continuing efforts to protect Californians from domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has awarded $2.1 million to community organizations across the state.

Administered by Cal OES, these grants will help ensure continuity of domestic violence services with costs associated with technology needed to provide remote services, community outreach, emergency preparedness efforts, overtime for additional staff, safety planning, and more.

“It’s essential the state continues to support domestic violence survivors, even during the pandemic,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The funding going to local organizations will help ensure there is no interruption in essential services to those who need it.”

Known as the Domestic Violence American Rescue Plan Program, funding is supported through the Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services Grant, with additional funding from the American Rescue Plan. The funding provides grants to offset the expenses related to providing these critical services during the pandemic.

“The $65,000 in grant funding requested will pay for 1,300 rides at $50 apiece (one way) provided by Uber Health to transport domestic violence victims to and from our hospital. Providing 1,300 rides over this two-year project period is a highly achievable objective for our program, since we serve approximately 230 youth at any given time, of whom nearly 70% have suffered trauma from domestic, dating, or similar violent incidents,” said Brian W. Thorne, Chief Development Office at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center.

These grants are awarded through a competitive process for which organizations, particularly those working in support of domestic violence and non-shelter supportive services and/or prevention activities or similar criteria may apply.

The breakdown below shows the distribution of funds awarded:





Subaward Amount
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center Los Angeles/Los Angeles County $65,000
Stanislaus Family Justice Center Foundation Modesto/Stanislaus County $65,000
Reach the Valley Hernet/Riverside County $65,000
KidsFirst Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County Roseville/Placer County $65,000
San Diego LGBT Community Center San Diego/San Diego County $65,000
Foothill Family Services Pasadena/Los Angeles County $65,000
SAFE Family Justice Center Temecula/Riverside County $65,000
New Star Family Center Hawthorne/Los Angeles County $65,000
Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Foundation Sacramento/Sacramento County $65,000
Community United Against Violence San Francisco/San Francisco County $65,000
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Oakland/Alameda County $65,000
Narika Fremont/Alameda County $65,000
Volunteers of America Los Angeles South Gate/Los Angeles County $65,000
Community Legal Aid SoCal Santa Ana/Orange County $65,000
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach San Francisco/San Francisco & Alameda Counties $65,000
Opening Doors, Inc. Sacramento/Sacramento County $65,000
Step Forward Foundation Morgan Hill/Santa Clara County $65,000
Crime Victims Assistance Network – I-CAN Sacramento/Sacramento County $65,000
El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office Placerville/El Dorado County $65,000
Venice Family Clinic Los Angeles/Los Angeles County $65,000
Integrated Recovery Network Los Angeles/Los Angeles County $65,000
Sister to Sister 2, Incorporated Oakland/Alameda County $64,996
Inner Circle Foster Family Agency, Inc. Lancaster/Los Angeles County $65,000
The Ark of Refuge, Inc. Oakland/Alameda County $65,000
Justice At Last San Carlos/San Mateo County $65,000
Tahirih Justice Center, San Francisco Bay Area Office San Bruno/San Mateo County $65,000
Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc. Whittier/Los Angeles County $65,000
Solano Advocates for Victims of Violence Fairfield/Solano County $65,000
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation Sacramento/Sacramento County $65,000
The University Corporation, California State University at Northridge Van Nuys/Los Angeles County $65,000
LACBA Counsel for Justice Los Angeles/Los Angeles County $64,911
Grandma’s House of Hope Anaheim/Orange County $65,000
South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency Artesia/Los Angeles County $65,000
California Women’s Law Center El Segundo/Los Angeles County $17,896

                                                                                                                     Total: $2,162,803

*Applicants were permitted to apply for up to $65,000.


The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Grants Management Division is responsible for the administration of approximately $1 billion in funds for homeland security, emergency management, public safety, and victim services programs.  The majority of these grants are distributed to local and regional entities to enable the most effective prevention, detection, response and recovery efforts to disasters and other threats to communities. Improving and enhancing local agencies’​ capabilities through grant funding is one of Cal OES’s most important missions.