Every 10 minutes another child in Contra Costa County sees or hears domestic violence. The strong connection between childhood exposure to domestic violence and many of the costly societal issues that our community faces every day means we all must address this issue.
The research is clear – exposure to domestic violence greatly impacts children’s healthy development including their emotional, mental and physical health. Left unaddressed this impact carries into adulthood.
Families Thrive brings together organizations in the community to marshal resources and support partnerships to address the needs of children, youth and families impacted by domestic violence. Through Families Thrive we can:
- Significantly diminish crime and incarceration rates,
- Reduce the demand on mental health, unemployment, and social services,
- Make businesses and schools more productive
- Improve the health, well-being, safety and success of the young people in our community.
Families Thrive, a unique Contra Costa County partnership, is actively shaping this reality by working with these diverse sectors and organizations to address the specific needs of children and families impacted by domestic violence:
- School districts
- Early childhood education
- Community-based organizations
- Juvenile justice
- Domestic violence services
- Sexual assault services
- Mental health services
- Children and family services
Click here to access more information about Families Thrive including action tips to address childhood exposure to domestic violence.
Learn more and see how you can get involved.