Cal OES Awards Over $13 Million in Grants to Help Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence


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

Applicant County
REACH the Valley Riverside
The University Corporation, California State University, Northridge Los Angeles
Partners Against Violence San Bernardino
WEAVE INC. Sacramento
Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council Los Angeles
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center San Bernardino
Center for the Pacific Asian Family, Inc. Los Angeles
Verity~Compassion.Safety.Support. Sonoma
The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley Campus (PATH) Alameda
Empower Tehama Tehama
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
Waymakers Orange
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
Narika Alameda
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.


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.