Tulchin Research recently conducted a groundbreaking statewide survey among adults in California to better understand public opinion toward domestic violence. Conducted during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this survey is the first of its kind in the state to measure public attitudes and awareness towards domestic violence in an in-depth manner.
This issue brief summarizes what Blue Shield of California Foundation has learned about violence in the homes of military families and shares insights about the challenges facing servicemembers and their families, the prevalence of family violence, and efforts to support the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
A Case Study: YWCA Sonoma County and West County Community Services
In January 2012, the YWCA Sonoma County (YWCA) and West County Community Services (WCCS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the provision of counseling services to domestic violence survivors. This case study follows their journey from partner exploration to negotiation and implementation, focusing on the experiences, breakthrough leadership moments, and personal commitments of these leaders to the clients and communities they serve.
We hope this publication will prepare, empower, and inspire domestic violence organizations – their executives, boards, and staff – to initiate conversations about succession planning and to discover how looking through this lens can help them grow more sustainable organizations and support the dedicated individuals who lead them.
There is a growing awareness among domestic violence organizations about the power of integrative partnerships. A barrier organizations face in exploring such opportunities is the dearth of information from the field on how strategic restructuring has enhanced the effectiveness of organizations like their own. The Power of Partnership features four case studies showing how integrative forms of collaboration have enabled domestic violence organizations—and their partners—to capitalize on their strengths, develop new solutions, and more effectively serve the community.
This report, prepared for Blue Shield of California Foundation by RDP Consulting, explores how a cultural competency framework could offer a more viable and useful approach to service provision and prevention efforts for the DV field. The report provides a brief review of the DV field’s origins, summarizes its major successes, reviews the known data on DV in California (specifically among certain demographic groups), and discusses why these communities may not access services — and how a cultural competency framework could help address issues of accessibility.
Until the recently, domestic violence (DV) among military veterans has been an under-investigated issue. Blue Shield of California Foundation invested in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to bring this issue to the attention of policymakers and legislators. IAVA’s December 2011 report, ‘Unsung Heroes’, discusses DV as one of the many potential risk factors for military veterans returning home.
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) profiles the Center for Community Solutions, a Blue Shield Against Violence grantee, as a case study of how a domestic violence organization worked towards long-term financial sustainability. Using financial analysis tools provided by NFF, the Center for Community Solution was able to successfully plan for their financial future.
This report, prepared for Blue Shield of California Foundation by Touchstone Consulting, explores both how and why BSAV core support funding has had an impact on domestic violence service providers. Information for this report was drawn from reports submitted by 2008 – 2010 BSAV Core Support Initiative grantees. This report paints a dramatic picture of the needs of domestic violence service providers and the important impact that even modest investments of private funding can make for agencies that provide essential safety net services.