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Ending Sexual and Domestic Violence in California

The costs of sexual and domestic violence are astronomical. Sexual violence costs the state of California $140 billion, and the lifetime economic burden of domestic violence nation-wide is $3.6 trillion. The trauma and lost opportunities are immeasurable. It’s time for a new vision of California—one that prioritizes prevention to address root causes of violence. #PreventionWorks by teaching safe and healthy relationship skills much earlier in life, improving school climate and safety, engaging boys and men in gender equity, and promoting racial justice with culturally-responsive solutions.

We believe, and the research demonstrates, that these strategies can help our state prevail over sexual and domestic violence. To achieve this vision, California needs to make a strategic investment of $50 million in ongoing funding for prevention strategies.

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Urgent Action Alert: Our budget request was not included in the Governor’s May Budget Revision. Californians must act now to ensure that it’s a priority at the Capitol.

Please contact these key legislators today. The final budget will be released this week!

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Prevention Works:


The Next Generation of Anti-Violence Advocates
Nadia Charles, President of Jenesse Center’s Jeneration J

I started volunteering at Jenesse Center six years ago, at the M. Sue Frazier Summer Camp, Jenesse’s signature summer program for the children that reside in their shelter program. I had the fortune of working with children of all ages. I immediately noticed that all of the children were innocent in this process and were just trying to navigate their normal.


Beyond Flyers: Centering Healthy Relationships and Understanding
Janae Stewart, Prevention Educator at YWCA Silicon Valley

At a previous non-profit, I worked in a case management program that focused on youth ages 18-19. All of the options we had to offer were post-care and intervention focused, meaning it was all after they faced abuse or violence in their relationships. I will always remember them saying that prevention was what they wish they had.


Empowering Communities Through Prevention
Rubi Gutierrez, Prevention Educator at YWCA Silicon Valley

I began prevention work at Fresno’s Juvenile Justice Campus as a counseling volunteer, where we helped incarcerated youth finish high school through tutoring and mentoring and find jobs. It was there that I was trained on facilitating a curriculum called Safe Dates—and found my passion for prevention.


Meeting Incarcerated Youth Where They’re At
Sarah Diamond, Lead Prevention & Community Engagement Specialist at the Center for Community Solutions

During my interview to work at the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), my to-be-supervisor shared that they worked with youth in detention and asked if that was something I’d be interested in doing if I was hired on. At first, it felt somewhat daunting to think that I’d be going into a juvenile hall. I don’t think I held negative views of youth in detention, but I also was unsure of what to expect from them. It ultimately sold me on the position.