Contra Costa Leads Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention

PRESS RELEASE - 09/22/2014

CONCORD, Calif. – Contra Costa County will be leading the national effort to reduce domestic violence homicides. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that over the next two years, four sites across the U.S. will receive a total of $2.6 million to effectively identify potential domestic violence homicide victims and monitor high risk offenders. In addition to California’s Contra Costa County, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio are the three other states represented in this effort.

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative (Zero Tolerance), of which STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a founding member, will receive $650,000 in federal funds over two years. Zero Tolerance will coordinate the collaborative work and STAND! will provide leadership, expertise, and assistance throughout the process. Key partners also include Brentwood, Concord, and Richmond police departments, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the District Attorney’s office.

“It is very exciting to be part of one of the few groups leading this nationwide effort. Too often we are faced with horrible tragedies that are a result of domestic violence. By developing tools that other organizations can replicate, we will be able to save our clients’ lives and the lives of many other victims across the country,” says STAND!’s CEO Gloria Sandoval who adds, “There are specific markers in an abuser's behavior that will help evaluate the lethality risk and the potential for homicide before it happens. We will start by working closely in Concord, Brentwood, and Richmond.”

The fatal effects of violent relationships are staggering. “Three women die every day at the hands of their partner,” said the Attorney General in his video message. In 2009 through 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with the killer targeting a partner or former partner. This grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, will put Contra Costa County at the forefront of saving lives. By instituting screening models and evidenced-based strategies, the four sites will be able to stop the escalation of violence. The strategies will create safe and healthy communities, help local officials put anti-violence initiatives into practice, and offer models that other organizations can replicate.

ABOUT STAND! FOR FAMILIES FREE OF VIOLENCE
STAND! has served Contra Costa County communities for over 35 years and is the County’s sole provider of comprehensive domestic violence and child abuse services. STAND! has become one of the largest family violence service providers in Northern California and provides a three-pronged model of Intervention, Treatment, and Prevention services designed to surround the problem of family violence from all sides: intervening when violence strikes, supporting victims as they rebuild their lives, and guiding the community as a whole toward nonviolence. STAND! serves more than 10,000 men, women, and children each year. Visit www.standffov.org for more information.

ABOUT ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
In 2002, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and several public and private entities in the County created Zero Tolerance, a comprehensive, coordinated, and community-wide effort to reduce domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse and human trafficking in Contra Costa County. Authorized by the California Legislature as the first Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence County, the initiative aligns policies, practices and protocols, coordinates services, and creates a climate where violence and abuse are not tolerated. Zero Tolerance functions on the principle that no one entity can do it alone; placing emphasis on public systems and private providers working, advocating, and taking concerted action together. Visit www.contracostazt.org for more information.


Media Coverage

Attorney General Eric Holder's Video Message - 09/22/2014

ABC 7 News Interview - 09/22/2014

Contra Costa Times Article - 09/24/2014

Claycord News & Talk Post - 09/24/2014

KRON 4 News at 8 Interview - 09/22/2014 (see clips below)