These funds will ensure prevention programs are more accessible
SACRAMENTO – As part of a continued effort to provide support to sexual and domestic violence survivors statewide, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) today announced more than $13 million in grants to 46 community-based organizations for prevention programs.
Administered by Cal OES, the Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Program grants are used to invest in sexual and domestic violence education and prevention campaigns, while prioritizing outreach and accessibility to socially vulnerable populations where these issues are disproportionately higher.
These grants work to ensure prevention efforts are multifaceted, including creating conditions that make violence less likely to occur and intervening and responding to violence that has already occurred to stop violence from happening again.
“By providing funding for prevention and education programs throughout the state, we can address the needs of survivors and also prevent any future incidents from happening,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Cal OES. “This work is part of a larger effort to ensure Californians have the resources they need to thrive.”
In addition, this funding will also serve to build capacity of local organizations and allow every person working toward a violence-free California to become much more effective and efficient in addressing all facets of sexual and domestic violence.
Statistics show, 52 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native women and 41 percent of Black women will experience physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, as will 54 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
The Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Program is part of a larger effort by the agency to support survivors of sexual assault. Earlier this week, Cal OES announced another $20 million in grants for local partners statewide through the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program.
2021-2022 Grant Awardees
|REACH the Valley||Riverside|
|The University Corporation, California State University, Northridge||Los Angeles|
|Partners Against Violence||San Bernardino|
|Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council||Los Angeles|
|El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center||San Bernardino|
|Center for the Pacific Asian Family, Inc.||Los Angeles|
|The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley Campus (PATH)||Alameda|
|Interface Children & Family Services||Ventura|
|San Diego Youth Services||San Diego|
|Girls Incorporated of Alameda County||Alameda|
|San Diego LGBT Community Center||San Diego|
|North Coast Rape Crisis Team||Humboldt|
|Family Violence Law Center||Alameda|
|Peace Over Violence||Los Angeles|
|Community Violence Solutions||Contra Costa|
|Project Sister Family Services||Los Angeles|
|Standing Together to End Sexual Assault||Santa Barbara|
|Vista Community Clinic||San Diego|
|Huckleberry Youth Programs||Marin|
|Rape Crisis Intervention of North Central California||Butte|
|Bay Area Women Against Rape||Alameda|
|Four 4 Consent||Los Angeles|
|Korean American Family Services Inc.||Los Angeles|
|Center for Domestic Peace||Marin|
|Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments||Alameda|
|Marjaree Mason Center, Inc.||Fresno|
|Jenesse Center, Inc.||Los Angeles|
|Haven Hills||Los Angeles|
|Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence||Los Angeles|
|Corona – Norco United Way||Riverside|
|Saint John’s Program for Real Change||Sacramento|
|New Star Family Center||Los Angeles|
|Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance||Contra Costa|
|Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center||Santa Cruz|
|Cambodian Association of America||Los Angeles|
|House of Ruth, Inc.||Los Angeles|
|Young Community Developers (BWRADV)||San Francisco|
|Opening Doors, Inc.||Sacramento|
|Rainbow Services, Ltd.||Los Angeles|
|Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse||San Mateo|
Cal OES Grant Funding at Work
Every year, organizations across California strive to meet the demand for survivor services. In the 2019-20 fiscal year, sexual and domestic violence programs administered by Cal OES sheltered almost 19,000 survivors for a total of 622,646 nights. They also provided non-shelter supportive services, like legal or medical assistance, to more than 109,000 survivors and answered over 215,000 hotline calls.
For example, in Placer County, Stand Up Placer used a grant from a prior round of state prevention funding to create two LGBTQ+ youth prevention programs and provide violence prevention education for schools. A recurring virtual community space and a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth allowed teens in the program to discuss LGBTQ+ history, violence prevention resources and what healthy relationships and dating looks like for queer people.
Girls Incorporated of Alameda County taught African American and Latinx girls in middle and high school about safe dating and healthy relationships. These programs addressed the role that race, gender and economics play in violence and its prevention.
Jenesse Center, Inc. in Los Angeles provided tools such as healthy communication techniques and coping skills to combat abuse, bullying, self-deprecation and trauma to more than 800 students and their parents that will give them the ability to break the cycle of violence in their lives.
ABOUT CAL OES GRANTS MANAGEMENT
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.