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Getting to Know Our Movement
Jessie Corral & Mckinley Jordan of Peace Over Violence

Getting to Know Our Movement

Jessie and Mckinley from Partnership member program Peace Over Violence are working together with youth leaders to promote not only healthy relationships–but healthy communities overall. Jessie said, “This is something that can be replicated in the community–by using art, music, performance…digital storytelling, too. Using youth stories and voices to put out this positive message in the community that we want to see.”

Blog post Deena Fulton, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)

Our Field is United by Purpose
A Guest Post by Deena Fulton, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)

As much as possible, we want to highlight for our readers the power of collaboration in preventing gender-based violence. In this prevention blog post, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from Deena Fulton of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). Our long-standing collaboration with CALCASA has been especially important for our prevention efforts, as many of our strategies address shared risk and protective factors for both sexual assault and domestic violence.

Blog post Jessica Merrill

Do You Support the Movement to End Domestic Violence? You Should Also Care About Immigration Policy.

The most important thing I’ve learned since joining the movement to end domestic violence is that one size does not fit all when supporting survivors. Every survivor has a unique identity that is shaped by country of origin, language, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and so much more. We cannot separate out these components of a person’s identity when thinking about how we respond to an individual survivor’s situation and needs, or when thinking about what policy issues impact their lives.

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Prevention work should be fun!
Back to School Edition

With only a few weeks until school starts, many California parents and students are gearing up for a year of academic and social growth. It’s an exciting time when everyone wants to put their best foot forward. The same goes for people working in adolescent dating abuse prevention; this is the time for finishing up plans to engage youth during the upcoming school year. Did you know that these prevention activities can actually be fun? 

Blog post Jessica Merrill

Why We Can’t Ignore the Link between Mass Shootings & Domestic Violence


Can we talk about that? We know there are so many important issues to be discussed that don’t easily lend themselves to a 140-character tweet or a Facebook post, and this new blog gives us a forum to engage you in those conversations. We’ll be sharing items that catch our eye and spark our interest – and hopefully spark yours as well.

So what exactly do we want to talk about?

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Making the Case for Schools’ Role in Promoting Healthy Relationships

Some schools offer information about dating abuse and healthy relationships through assemblies, health classes or presentations from local domestic violence organizations, but how many schools are going beyond these singular events to nurture a school environment that values healthy adolescent relationships?

Blog post By Kelly Yost HarperShelter Outreach Plus

One Family’s Path to Economic Security

Veronica* dialed 9-1-1 while huddled in a closet, arms around her children, as her husband, John, threatened through the door to kill her. Authorities arrived, and as they warned John to “calm down,” Veronica slipped out the back with her children and convinced a neighbor to drive them to a local church. The church secretary made a call and before the stars came out, Veronica and her kids were safe and warm in one of Shelter Outreach Plus’s emergency shelters. 

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Helping Survivors Prepare for the 2013 Tax Season

Tax season is upon us! As an advocate, one way you can assist survivors in improving their financial management skills is to make sure they are aware of the tax benefits and tax assistance available to them. With the 2013 Tax Season underway, the Partnership has gathered several tools to help you assist survivors in preparing their taxes. This tax season will be a little different from last year’s due to several changes in the law (American Tax Relief Act of 2012), but here are a couple things you should know: 

Blog post By Nilda Valmores, Executive Director

Finding Financial Independence in the My Sister’s House “Women to Work” Program

My Sister’s House is the Central Valley’s only domestic violence shelter that focuses on the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their children. In recent years, we’ve noticed that the accessibility of the internet and the ease of international travel has increased the number of abusers who find their wives, girlfriends and victims in other countries. Our client May* was such a woman. 

Blog post By Kelsey Bardini, MSWSocial Worker/“Money Matters Diva” at Women’s Empowerment

At Women’s Empowerment Survivors Rebuild Finances from the Ground Up

When a woman decides to leave a violent relationship, she often has no place to turn and very few resources to draw upon. With the lack of affordable housing in California, many women are faced with the daunting choice between staying in a violent relationship or becoming homeless. At Women’s Empowerment, a Sacramento service agency for homeless women, 85% of our participants are survivors of domestic violence.