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Look at what we’ve accomplished in just a few short years!



In the school community



—planned and coordinated efforts to engage school leaders in recognizing the need for prevention education in the schools around the topics of teen dating violence and domestic violence as a workplace violence issue.



—chaired the Education Committee of San Jose’s Family/Domestic Violence Task Force.

—planned and delivered a training for school district superintendents in on domestic violence as a school safety issue;

—performed a program evaluation of a teen dating violence prevention program conducted by a domestic violence agency at a local high school.



—provided training for roughly 200 future educators in teacher preparation courses on recognizing, reporting, and appropriately responding to incidents of domestic violence and teen dating violence.



—provided meaningful internships for undergraduates students in the psychology, sociology, and social work undergraduate programs at San Jose State University.



In The Elder Community



former member on the Elder Abuse sub-committee of San Jose’s Family/Domestic Violence Task Force.



—instrumental in the development of the “Respect Your Elders” local media campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and exploitation of dependent adults in Silicon Valley after the passage of SB-2199.



With and For Youth



—provided presentations at local middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities on the topics of domestic violence and teen dating violence.


—previously active on the Juvenile Domestic Violence Court sub-committee of Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council.



—assisted in the development of the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Awareness Patch program, including the training of troop leaders on the issue of domestic violence.


—trained and supervised high school interns in planning Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Evergreen Valley College in October of 2000, including the hosting of the Clothesline Project.



—coordinated the “Voices Against Violence” Community Forum on Teen Dating Violence at Andrew Hill High School.



In The Criminal Justice System



—from January to June of 2001, provided rotating domestic violence awareness classes to incarcerated youth at the Juvenile Probation Ranches within Santa Clara County.



—providing ongoing Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Training to inmates providing peer education and support to incarcerated females at the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.



In The Faith Community



—active on the Interfaith sub-committee of Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council.



—active on the South County Interfaith Collaborative to eliminate family violence.



—launched the innovative Lazarus Project to address the unmet needs of Christian victims & survivors of family violence.



—developed an outreach program for local Christian churches on domestic violence awareness, and pastoral training to effectively counsel congregants in abusive situations.



—re-established the Interfaith Family Violence Collaborative committee of Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council.



—presented training on scriptural instruction regarding effective congregational responses to incidents of family violence among believers.


—invited to serve on the state-wide Advisory Board for the Domestic Violence Advocates and Faith Leaders grant, funded by the EPIC branch of California’s Department of Health and Human Services; aided in the development of the Faith & Violence-Free Families curriculum.



—implemented the four-part “Equipping the Church” clergy workshop series to train pastors and lay leaders on how to deal with domestic violence when it occurs in their congregations.


—invited to serve on the local coalition for a grant, funded by California’s Department of Health and Human Services, to assist religious leaders in addressing issues of elder abuse within their faith communities.


—presented at the local interfaith conference on domestic violence, “Embracing Families in Need,” reaching over 100 faith leaders in the Bay Area across religions and faith traditions.



In The Health Community



—provided training for medical assistants and health educators on screening for domestic violence in health care settings and on the mandated reporting laws for domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse.



—presented at state, national, and international public health conferences on evaluation of prevention programs, effective public policy advocacy on domestic violence issues, and community organizing as means to ending family violence.



—worked with Kaiser Santa Theresa to implement facility-wide policies and procedures on domestic violence.


—provided training for physicians in the Emergency and OB/GYN Departments on mandated reporting laws for domestic violence.



—presented findings of an innovative study on the long-term effects of domestic violence at the National Conference on Health Care and Domestic Violence.



In The Local Community



—assisted in planning the annual “Ending Family Violence” conferences.


—active on the Community Education Committee of Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council.


—presented at local service organizations, civic groups and county agency trainings on the topics of domestic violence, and teen dating violence, and the intersectionalities between domestic violence & mental illness, and domestic violence & child abuse.



—performed a service assessment to discover whether there were service gaps for batterers intervention programs serving women in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, specifically looking at accessibility for participants with disabilities.


—chaired the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council’s Clothesline Project Committee.


—coordinated the first annual month-long display at the county government center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, including: the Silent Witnesses, the Pulitzer-nominated photographs of Meri Simon’s “Battered Lives” feature in the San Jose Mercury News, resource tables for local domestic violence and related service agencies, and the unveiling of the Domestic Violence Council’s Clothesline Project.



—chaired the planning committee for the post-conference institute on “The Link Between Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty: Implications for Policy and Practice.”



—facilitated a collaborative partnership with the Committee to Prevent Violence Against People with Disabilities, leading to the very first accessible “Ending Family Violence” conference, which also featured a workshop on making domestic violence services more accessible for people with disabilities.



—presented lessons learned as a result of the first endeavors to plan accessible events, presentations, and websites at a national conference of public health professionals; this presentation resulted in an invited submission published in a scholarly journal.


—honored by the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission for services provided to victims of domestic violence.



—chaired the planning committee for the survivor artwork and poetry display as a part of the annual conference, hosted by the Domestic Violence Council of Santa Clara County.



In Surrounding Communities



—established the first collaborative effort with a neighboring Domestic Violence Council, with the County of San Mateo.



—began to lay the groundwork for establishing a collaboration with the Santa Cruz Domestic Violence Council.



In The Policy Arena



—drafted a policy initiative on the need for mental health services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, for children exposed to family violence, as well as for friends and family members affected by the violence.



—testified at public hearings on the need for accessible services for domestic violence victims and perpetrators with disabilities; and on the need for aggressive enforcement of existing laws prohibiting those with domestic violence convictions from possessing firearms.



—presented findings of policy research and recommendations to the state-wide leadership team on Health Care and Domestic Violence (funded by the EPIC branch of DHHS), an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control, regarding the need for mental health services for victims and survivors of abuse.



—began the development of a coalition of attorneys, judges, and legal advocates to explore the unmet need for attorney representation for victims and survivors of family violence.



—authored a policy paper invited by the Board of General Superintendents of the national Wesleyan Church on the biblical grounds for divorce and remarriage in abuse cases as well as the scriptural basis for disqualification for ministers who are abusive.



In The Media



—interviewed by KNTV Channel 11, Univisión, Telemundo; KBAY, KLIV, and KGO radio; San Jose Mercury News and San Mateo County Independent News.



—Feature article in Access Magazine authored by The Ripple Effect’s founder, on community efforts to end domestic violence-- “No Longer a Private Matter,” named winner of 2000 College Gold Circle Award, Columbia Scholastic Press Association.



—coordinated media outreach efforts and planned successful press conferences to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.



—Cover article in Spanish EnFoqué Magazine on community efforts to end domestic violence “Alto a la Violencia Doméstica,” featured the founder of The Ripple Effect.



In Research



—Conducted an extensive policy research study to assess the barriers and economic realities behind the current lack of mental health services to domestic violence survivors & collateral victims.



—Conducted a qualitative research study on the long-term effects of domestic violence.



—Presented the preliminary findings of a qualitative research study on the long-term effects of domestic violence at the American Public Health Association conference in Philadelphia.



—Conducted a national Schools of Public Health Survey to explore the nature and depth of information in their curricula relative to the issue of inclusion of domestic violence as a major public health concern, in the academic preparation of future public health professionals.



—article on Website Accessibility published in online Californian Journal of Health Promotion (, based on lessons learned from the collaboration with the Committee to Prevent Violence Against People with Disabilities.



—Published Beyond Battering: The Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence. This original research explored the lived experience of domestic violence survivors in the decades following the abuse.


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