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STAND! For Families Free of Violence has a rich history. This section of our website is a window into the past: a glimpse of some of our most memorable people, moments, and facts. Over the years, with the help of volunteers, staff, donors, and community supporters, we've experienced tremendous growth- and continue to serve victims of domestic violence and child abuse in Contra Costa County.

STAND! For Families Free of Violence strives to 'rebuild lives'
Published: 10/21/2014

The Concord-based STAND! For Families Free of Violence offers cross-spectrum programs aimed at ending domestic violence and child abuse. With comprehensive crisis services throughout Contra Costa County that include counseling, advocacy, transitional and shelter housing, emergency response teams and more, Sandoval said the organization's mission was to "turn fear to hope" and to be "the engine of change in our community." Read the article

East Bay group fighting domestic violence asking men, boys to join conversation
Aired: 10/9/2014

A group fighting domestic violence in the East Bay is asking all men and boys to join the conversation about what it means to be a man. ABC7 News anchor Cheryl Jennings had the great privilege of emceeing the "STAND! For Families Free of Violence" fundraiser in Concord. The keynote speaker was Jennifer Siebel Newsom -- mother of three, a CEO, filmmaker and wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Watch the clip

Even One Is Too Many
Published: 9/24/2014

Lamorinda's history of domestic violence prevention and response. How a Junior Leaguer helped start domestic violence assistance services. Read the story

Contra Costa County Leads Homicide Prevention
Released: 9/22/2014

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative (Zero Tolerance), of which STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a founding member, is one of four sites nationwide that will receive $650,000 in federal funds over two years to prevent domestic violence homicides. Read STAND!'s press release and media coverage from ABC7 News, Contra Costa Times, KRON4, and more.

KTVU 2 Investigates: Fraction of local domestic violence cases investigated lead to charges
Aired: 9/17/2014

Bay Area law enforcement agencies investigated thousands of cases of suspected domestic violence in 2013, but in some places, KTVU found only about a third of those investigations led to criminal charges. Watch the clip

On Talk 910 (KKSF AM Radio) - Complexities of Domestic Violence
Aired: 9/16/14

On the Gil Gross Program, STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval discusses the violence incidents involving NFL players, the complexities of violent relationships, and her personal experience in an abusive marriage. Listen to the segment on iHeartRadio (Find 09-16-14, Hour 2, 16:00).

Bay Area Domestic Violence Collaborative Calls for 49ers Action
Published: 9/15/14

San Francisco Bay Area, Calif - The Bay Area Domestic Violence Shelter Collaboration, a group of 17 domestic violence organizations that each year serves close to 100,000 victims and survivors, calls upon the 49er organization to bench Ray McDonald immediately while his ongoing criminal investigation is conducted. Read the SF Chronicle article

Contra Costa County Network of Family Justice Centers
Published 9/12/14

MARTINEZ, Calif. –The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors affirmed its support this week of the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative and approved unanimously the efforts to bring a network of Family Justice Centers (FJC) to Contra Costa County. Contra Costa County became the first county in the nation to establish a countywide network of Family Justice Centers. Read the article.

CEO Gloria Sandoval Shares Her Personal Experience
Published 9/14/14

In light of the news surrounding the NFL's domestic violence policy and Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee, STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval shares with Contra Costa Times columnist Tom Barnidge her personal story about being trapped in a violent marriage and the complexities of leaving an abusive relationship. Read the story.

STAND! on the NFL's Domestic Violence Policy
Aired: 9/8/2014

STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval provided a comment for KPIX CBS5 news following recent events regarding the NFL's domestic violence policy, Baltimore Ravens' player Ray Rice's assault on his then-fiancee, and 49ers' player Ray McDonald's arrest on domestic violence charges. Watch the clip.

Working With Youth to End the Cycle of Family Violence
Aired: 2/23/2014

During an interview with Efren Sifuentes of Today's World, CEO Gloria Sandoval talks about STAND!'s comprehensive services and highlights our prevention and education programs. STAND!'s prevention programs work with youth and collaborate with other youth-serving organizations to end the multi-generational cycle of family violence. The inverview aired on KBLX 102.9FM, KFOX 98.5FM & 102.1FM, and KGMZ 95.7FM in February. Listen to the interview.

Kaiser Permanente Awards $50,000 Grant to Improve the Health of Youth Who Experience Violence

Exposure to violence and the effects of trauma not only impact the short and long-term health of individuals but also undermine the overall vitality of our community. With a new grant from Kaiser Permanente STAND! is expanding the support we provide youth who have experienced violence, with strategies that are designed to help them recover from trauma and move on to lead healthier lives. Violence is a public health issue that impacts us all, which means we can work to prevent it while helping individuals, families and communities heal. Read the full story.

Expanded services for victims of family violence -- New location for Family Justice Center in Richmond

A new home is in the works for the West Contra Costa Family Justice Center, a one-stop location where victims of family violence can access essential resources. On Friday, November 1, construction began on the expanded 7,200-square-foot location at 256 24th Street in Richmond. Read the full story.

Contra Costa Gets Boost in Federal Funds for Victims of Violence and Human Trafficking

CONCORD, CA – Efforts in Contra Costa County to assist victims of violence and human trafficking got a big boost in the form of $700,000 in federal funds awarded to two organizations working on this important issue, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Contra Costa County) announced today. Read the full story.

Celebrating 10 Years of Zero Tolerance in Contra Costa County

Authorized by the State Legislature as the first Zero Tolerance County in California, our efforts are being replicated by communities around the country as an effective strategy for a complex community problem. Watch the video.

Domestic Violence in Richmond

More than 12 million men and women were victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and Richmond hasn’t escaped the problem. Read the full story.

Concord Anti-Domestic Violence Nonprofit Gets $10,000 Verizon Grant

A nonprofit organization in Concord working against domestic abuse has been granted $10,000 from Verizon Wireless throught the company's cell phone donation program. Read more.

Cheryl Jennings interviews Victor Rivers at annual Rebuilding Lives Luncheon

Actor and DV advocate, Victor Rivers, speaks with ABC's Cheryl Jennings about his experience as a survivor of domestic violence and the impact of family violence on the community.  Watch the interview.

STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval Goes to Harvard

STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval had the chance to go to Harvard this summer for the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program. Learn more about her experience!

STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval on Beyond the Headlines
Aired: 7/29/2012

Cheryl Jennings talks with Gloria Sandoval of STAND! For Families Free of Violence, Kathy Black of La Casa de las Madres, Rebecca Levenson of Futures Without Violence, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon about the realities of domestic violence in the Bay Area.  READ THE FULL STORY 

Concord domestic violence nonprofit lays off workers
Posted: 7/6/2012

A Concord-based nonprofit that provides assistance for families dealing with domestic violence and other issues cut 12.8 full-time positions this week after receiving $300,000 less in donations this year than last, its director said.  READ THE FULL STORY 

Domestic Violence Takes a Life in Orinda
Posted: 6/27/2012

A domestic dispute escalated to the point of no return Tuesday, June 26 when an Orinda man murdered the woman with whom he had been living for a number of years.  READ THE FULL STORY 

Contra Costa First Five centers to receive nearly $5 million in funding
Posted: 6/15/2012

Antioch--Angel Mattos came to First Five Contra Costa almost three years ago to learn how to be a better mom.  READ THE FULL STORY 

Child Abuse Study Reveals Disturbing Trend
Air Date: 2/6/2012

A disturbing new statistic is out -- more and more babies are being abused by their caretakers in alarming numbers. As NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez tells us, the abuse is a greater threat than even 'Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.' WATCH THE VIDEO

Privacy and Child Abuse
Press Release Date: 11/14/2011

STAND! CEO Gloria Sandoval comments on the Penn State and Hillary Adams child abuse cases and how our ideas about privacy effect our views of child abuse. READ THE FULL STORY

STAND! Staff Interviewed For Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Air date October 2, 2011

The Mix 106.5's Sandy Stec talks with STAND! staff about the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and how we can all make a difference. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW.

Tragic Death in Richmond Calls Attention to Domestic Violence
Press Release Date: 09/22/2011

On September 20, 2011, Rafael Zarate allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, Jensy Romero, in an act of domestic violence. It is Contra Costa County’s fifth domestic violence related death in 2011. READ THE FULL STORY.

Gender-Respect, Anti-Violence Training for Portola Middle School Boys by Barbara Grady
Posted: 05/26/2011

STAND! For Families Free of Violence has rolled out a new program to promote gender respect and wipe out bullying at middle schools. The organization launched its first run of the program at Portola Middle School. READ THE FULL STORY.

Agent of Change- By Bonnie Wach; Photos By Jose Carlos Fajardo
Posted: 01/26/2011

To say that Mackenzie Lesher is "involved" in her community is a little like saying Lance Armstrong is "involved" in cycling. Sitting at Katy's Kreek, a popular restaurant across from the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, the vivacious 34-year-old Walnut Creek resident ticks off a to-do list that would make even the best multi-tasker dizzy. READ THE FULL STORY.

Contra Costa County Family Groups Merge to Offer a Single Voice Against Violence- By Glenn Wohltmann
Posted: 07/18/2010

Since about 65 percent of families with domestic violence problems also involve child abuse, merging the Contra Costa County organizations that handle each was a logical move. Now, after about 18 months of work, that merger is official, with Concord-based groups STAND Against Domestic Violence and the Family Stress Center (FSC) looking for what the combined groups' Executive Director, Gloria Sandoval, calls synergy. READ THE FULL STORY.

Vital Merger Strengthens Vulnerable Families
Press Release Date: 04/13/2010

Two of Contra Costa County's most respected nonprofit leaders, STAND! Against Domestic Violence and the Family Stress Center, both headquartered in Concord, announced today that they will join forces to better serve families and children in crisis. The merger will be effective July 1, 2010. READ THE FULL STORY.