$900,000 Grant Helps with Expansion of CoCo County Domestic Violence Services

October 22, 2012 21:43 pm · 18 comments

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence, an initiative of the County’s Board of Supervisors, received a $900,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women through the Grants to Encourage Arrest Polices and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program.

“Congratulations are in order to Contra Costa County on earning this funding. Their efforts, combined with the efforts of their partners, can help prevent domestic violence in our community. But this grant also underscores the need for Congress to ensure that the Violence Against Women Act can continue to fund important programs like these around the country,” stated Rep. George Miller.

The program enhances victim safety and offender accountability in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by encouraging jurisdictions to implement pro-arrest policies as an effective intervention that is part of a coordinated community response. An integral component of the arrest program is the creation and enhancement of collaborative partnerships between criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, and community organizations which respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

“As we mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, this grant is a critical investment in preventing domestic violence in Contra Costa County. The demand for domestic violence services is increasing and this award couldn’t come at a better time. We are fortunate to have a strong partnership of public and private agencies working together to create safety for families in our communities. This funding recognizes the tireless efforts of advocates, law enforcement, the Court, and numerous agencies to create comprehensive approaches to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking,” said Devorah Levine, Director of Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative.

Contra Costa County, in collaboration with its non-profit, non-governmental victim service partners Bay Area Legal Aid, Community Violence Solutions, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, and Tides Center, will use this grant funding to increase services to families and individuals throughout Contra Costa County. Funds will support the newly established Family Justice Center in Richmond, providing comprehensive services in one location for victims and their children; legal advocacy; increased access in obtaining restraining orders; intensive monitoring of offenders and the creation of countywide risk assessment tools and multidisciplinary training.

For more information about Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence initiative, please visit the website at www.contracostazt.org.

KooKooKaChoo October 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Tides Center, STAND!, super liberal groups with agendas and tied to Soros.
“increased access in obtaining restraining orders”? Are you going to set up a vending machine where they spit ’em out? Who can’t get them?

Oh, but now some post-menupausal mean faced, clipped haired activist is going to be an “advocate” for “those who have no voice” – RIGHT?

This is pissing $ down a rat hole. Taxpayer money from Eric Holder’s office.

Obama must lose – or we all will.

J. October 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM

As a battered male, I take umbrage at the “Violence Against Women Act” as, from firsthand experience, batterers are gender neutral.

No Left Turns October 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM

So now we get some of our own money back after the feds and the state have taken their skim of the top. We can care for our own citizens.

Tree Farm October 22, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Hmmmm, any provisions in there for “victims” who cry wolf and make false accusations? Maybe they can encourage some arrest policies for liars too.

Another Giveaway October 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Is there any place that we could find out what the budgets for these agencies? Then we might be able to see how long this grant will last or if it is another ploy to show what Washington is doing for the women of this country. Without these agencies having budgets that will work for a few years with this money, all that will happen is an other bureaucratic dark hole that our taxpayer money will go to.
I is right, women are not the only ones abused but that seems to be left out of this scenerio.

Mr. Bassman October 23, 2012 at 1:34 AM

“$900,000 Grant Helps with Expansion of CoCo County Domestic Violence Services” What, people aren’t committing enough domestic violence, so the county is offering services to help? Let the beatings commence! That’s like the cashier at Safway asking and thanking me for donating to breast cancer. I told her I want my money back, I don’t support breast cancer!

Squandering more money on Misfits...... October 23, 2012 at 2:11 AM

….while good honest people get NOTHING….

Antler October 23, 2012 at 6:19 AM

#2 ~ ~ ~ If you are not able to get help via channels you already know about (i.e. your own attorney, other family members or friends, etc.) please do contact STAND and also Representative Miller’s offices to inquire about ways OTHER agencies might be able to help you and possibly your children.

anonymous October 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM

No more tuning up the dish washer

Cruella October 23, 2012 at 7:34 AM

A little surprised to see the hateful posts here. Domestic violence crosses all social and economic boundaries and is a real problem. I have no problem with my tax dollars going to help victims (I pay plenty). Sounds like a lot of you have not experienced domestic abuse. Be thankful.

Howard K Mullins III October 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

There should be support for people in abusive relationships. But why does the federal government need to be involved.

Each domestic violence problem is unique, no two situations are alike. The government can offer limited solutions with rigid rules and regulations. Local control can offer better service to individuals therefore having the ability to respond to individual needs far better.

The government can’t manage anything. That’s been proven time and again. From bars to brothels, the bureaucrats just don’t understand anything outside government over regulations, strict guidelines and bribery.

We can do more with less locally and do a far better job. Look at Las Vegas’s shelter for a clue on how to help abused people.

annie2u October 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I have nothing but praise for Contra Costa County on this one.

Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance of domestic violence – which includes batterers, child abuse and elder abuse – is the gold standard of California.

This is a well-earned and well-deserved grant.

WTF October 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Almost $1 Million dollars – and that’s just for CoCoCounty. How many other counties in the COUNTRY got this same million? This is some real money folks and this is just ONE instance for ONE county! STOP SPENDING OTHER PEOPLES MONEY.

Mimi (original) October 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

FINALLY some one is getting back monies that were pilfered by our own government. NEXT (should have be first) schools!

Jah October 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

WTF @13 is correct. It is great that our county is getting resources to address a horrible social problem, but we should do it with our own money, from taxing ourselves. The federal government is great for wars, moon launches, social security, and the occasional Hoover Dam, but low level social services should be bought and paid for locally. This is exactly why our money isn’t worth as much as it used to be. “Free” grant money isn’t free. How much more than $900,000 did that grant actually cost us?

Atticus Thraxx October 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

If I had any confidence at all that money would directly benefit people in a “F’d” up situation, I’d be all for it. But I don’t.Whatever.

Cruella October 24, 2012 at 6:03 AM

A few years ago, I attended a meeting where the guest speaker was Judge Laurel Brady. At that time, she was the Presiding Judge in Contra Costa County. She spoke about domestic violence and the measures our local court had instituted to deal with it. Guidelines included the police making an arrest upon arrival at domestic violence calls, anger management classes, drug testing and regular follow-up. This was a model for other courts to follow simply because of the low incidence of recurrence. Judge Brady indicated that domestic violence was not limited to bad areas or economically challenged communities, but is generally linked to substance abuse.

This approach is a positive thing, not only for the victims (including innocent children), but also for the abusers, who have the opportunity to get some much needed help and perhaps break the cycle.

Howard October 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

What Cruella doesn’t mention is that the number of people (mostly men) that have had their lives catastrophically destroyed by being arrested at the scene when no evidence or prior history exists is at epidemic levels. These policies have been used as a weapon against men by divorcing women in large numbers. Primary aggressor policies dictate that it is the man that must be arrested if both parties claim violence even if he is the one that calls claiming to be battered. These policies help support abusive women to continue their abuse of men. Men fear calling due to the high risk of arrest, even if they are the ones battered. Also, most domestic violence agencies will tell men they can’t help them, only women are helped. How much money is spent on programs to help abusive women stop their violence? Not a penny. All the programs are for men engaging men to stop violent men. All the funding for education ensures that one-sided stats are used to be sure only men are arrested. And anger management courses? Well once these men are arrested , including many innocent ones, they are offered a trial- very expensive and due to bias, not much chance of being found innocent, or the choice of paying out of pocket for these anger management classes, which in turn pay the salaries of those “forcing” them to take those year long classes. How much of the funding goes towards stopping false allegations or prosecuting those that falsely accuse? Zero. How much is spent on shelters or services for men? Zero. 53% of physical violence victims are men. 42% of severe domestic violence victims are men. Yet funding like this will always only go towards stopping abusive men and helping female victims. False allegations are allowed to continue to garner more funding. What ever happened to presumption of innocence? Due process? The name alone- Violence Against Women- is biased itself.

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