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|What's New in Family Violence Prevention|
New PSA Campaign Featuring More Than 40 Celebrities Calls Attention To
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault; Encourages Bystanders To Help
New National Survey Results
A new, national survey underscores the urgent need for the campaign, revealing that the overwhelming majority of Americans know victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but they do not talk about the issues with their children or friends, or take steps to help survivors.
The study "NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Adults" was conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, and commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women, and shows an urgent need for increased awareness, conversation and education around domestic violence and sexual assault, with an emphasis on what bystanders can do to prevent violence and help victims before it is too late.
Among the key findings:
- 60% of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
- Three out of four (73%) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children
- 67% of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends; even more, 73% have not discussed sexual assault.
- Even though 75% of Americans say that they would step in and help a stranger being abused, the reality is most people do not help.
- For example, among the 70% of women who experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, more than half (58%) said that no one helped them.
- But 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.
"The Avon Foundation for Women funded this survey to better understand why domestic violence and sexual assault remain so inherently hidden and marginalized in our society," said Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. "The data shows us that conversations about these issues simply are not happening. That silence leaves victims trapped by the shame, stigma and fear that these crimes carry. If we can encourage more people to start talking, we can end that cycle and bring these issues to light in a new way."
The full data report can be seen at nomore.org/nomorestudy
Solano Family Justice Center & Partners Host First "Camp Hope" Event
The Solano Family Justice Center, in collaboration with Child Haven Inc., LIFT3 Support Group and Domestic Violence Center, and the National Family Justice Center Alliance, hosted the first Camp Hope for children exposed to domestic violence during the week of August 4, 2013.
Camp Hope is a unique experience for children who live or have lived in homes with domestic violence; a chance to “just be kids”. So many children have been affected by domestic violence and Camp Hope was an opportunity to positively impact the lives of children who rarely get the chance to go to camp.
Camp Hope is located at Kidder Creek in the scenic town of Etna, California, just east of Yreka. Kids attending slept in rustic cabins, ate outdoors, and participated in a multitude of camp activities including horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, rope tying, and camp cooking. Kids also sat around the campfire, made s ’mores, shared campfire stories and experienced the outdoors in a safe, nurturing setting. It was a chance for kids to spend a week in a beautiful place where they didn't have to be afraid. View the YouTube video below to see just how much fun was had!
Solano Family Justice Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held April 24, 2013
On April 24, 2013, the new Solano Family Justice Center’s official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate this long-awaited accomplishment with all of the Solano Family Justice Center planning partners as well as the entire community. Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert was Mistress of Ceremonies and key speakers included District Attorney Don du Bain, Sheriff Tom Ferrara, and Solano Family Justice Center Foundation President Chuck Timm. Pastor Vic Jenkins provided the invocation and the Sheriff’s Honor Guard led the Pledge of Allegiance. Casey Gwinn, President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, presented Director Carolyn Wold and District Attorney Don du Bain with a custom print of the National FJC Alliance Logo. Representatives of Congressman Garamendi, Senator Wolk and Assemblyman Frazier’s offices, presented certificates of recognition. Please click on the below link to see a series of photos that capture this exciting day's events.
SFJC GRAND OPENING PHOTOS
On April 1, 2013, the Solano Family Justice Center (SFJC) began providing services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, stalking and dating violence at 604 Empire Street in Fairfield. Safe Harbor Supervised Visitation program is also located at the Solano Family Justice Center and provides supervised visits between children and their non-custodial parent when domestic violence and/or child abuse is suspected or confirmed. For additional information about services available at the new SFJC site, please access the updated brochure below.
Solano Family Justice Center Brouchure
Safe Harbor Supervised Visitation Program Now Available
The Office of Family Violence Prevention is pleased to introduce the Safe Harbor Supervised Visitation Program that provides supervised visitation for children and their non-custodial parent in situations involving domestic violence and child abuse. Studies have shown that the risk of violence is often greater for victims of domestic violence and their children after separation from an abusive relationship. This program provides a safe alternative for families who have experienced domestic violence which allows the noncustodial parent to continue to have contact with the children in a structured environment, while providing a level of safety for both the children and the adult victim of domestic violence, through monitored visitation.
The Safe Harbor Supervised Visitation Program is a collaborative project between the District Attorney’s Office of Family Violence Prevention, Child Haven, Inc., LIFT3 Support Group and Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Courts. The Office of Family Violence Prevention partners with Child Haven, Inc. to operate the program.
Services are available by appointment only. If you have questions about the Safe Harbor Supervised Visitation program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Angel Aguilar at (707) 425-5748.
Sharing below link to Whitehouse "One is Too Many" Public Service Announcement
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Releases New Report (OJJDP)
National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence
--Sherry Hamby, David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, and Richard Ormrod
To view the entire OJJDP October 2011 Bulletin and learn more about the Attorney General's "Defending Childhood: Protect Heal Thrive" campaign, please click on the link below.
National Survey on Childrens Exposure to Violence