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Families Thrive Tips and Information

Organizational Background about Families Thrive

Recognizing the need for a more coordinated approach in addressing domestic violence, family violence and elder abuse countywide, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors created Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence in 2000. Families Thrive, a Zero Tolerance project, brings together key organizations to raise awareness, share insights and build community‐wide supports for families affected by domestic violence. Click here to download…

Domestic Violence in Contra Costa 2012

Domestic violence is a pattern of harmful coercive and controlling behaviors used within an intimate relationship. It is about power and control, and can manifest itself as physical, emotional, verbal, financial or sexual abuse. One in four children in Contra Costa County has seen one adult in their family abuse another adult at least once during their childhood. Click here to download…

Exploring CEDV Fact Sheet

Every 10 minutes, another child in Contra Costa County sees or hears domestic violence. Children exposed to domestic violence often face significant social and behavioral challenges as well as adverse health outcomes, which if left unaddressed can carry forward into adulthood. Since there is a strong connection between childhood exposure to domestic violence and many of the costly social issues that our community faces every day, we all pay a high price for not addressing this issue. Click here to download…

Guiding Principles

We are viewing families involved in domestic violence through a trauma informed lens. This is a mechanism that enables viewing survivors through a filter of “what happened to you” as opposed to “what’s wrong with you”. It also acknowledges that experiencing violence in the home, where everyone has the right to feel safe, is more damaging and impactful than experiencing violence in the community or from someone who is not known to the victim. A family or home needs to be safe in order for children to thrive. When trauma occurs in the family and is not recognized or acknowledged it can have significant short term and long term repercussions. Click here to download…

FT Report October 2012

This final report documents the progress and outcomes for Contra Costa County’s HHS Demonstration Initiative focused on children/youth’s exposure to domestic violence. Since 2009, Contra Costa County’s Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative (ZTI) worked to create a system‐wide approach to better serve the needs of children and youth exposed to domestic violence (CEDV), through a project entitled “Families Thrive”. Such an approach necessitated an investment in building awareness of the powerful connection between exposure to domestic violence and adverse health and social outcomes, increased capacity of individuals and child serving agencies, the development of sustainable partnerships, and identification of potential policy changes. Click here to download…

Action Tips for Educators

The ripple effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence are especially prevalent in the school system. But what if we could make the school environment more productive and help children and youth reach higher educational achievement? And what if we could, at the same time, improve the health, well- being, safety and success of the young people in our community? Click here to download…

Action Tips for School Administrators

By addressing childhood exposure to domestic violence, school administrators can improve academic performance, increase school safety, and reduce absenteeism. Click here to download…

Action Tips for Health Care Providers

By addressing childhood exposure to domestic violence, health care professionals can accurately diagnose underlying causes of illness, minimize emergency room visits, and prevent long term health consequences for youth. Click here to download…

Action Tips for CBOs

By addressing childhood exposure to domestic violence, community-based providers can assess the underlying needs of clients more accurately and find supportive resources that assist clients more comprehensively. Click here to download…

 


 

Thank you to the team at Brown – Miller Communications, Inc. for your expertise and support in developing these information resources.

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