Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
The Women’s Center of San Joaquin County has been awarded an organizational strength grant of $100,000 from the Women’s Foundation of California, as part of the Blue Shield of California’s “Strong Field Project.”
Also this week, Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Atwater) announced a $675,000 grant for Stanislaus County to implement the Community-Defined Solutions to Violence Against Women Program.
Run by the Women’s Foundation of California, the Strong Field Project is a four-year effort to build a more effective, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California. The Women’s Center was among fifteen California domestic violence organizations selected through a competitive process to benefit from organizational development. The Women’s Center will use the funds over the next two years to conduct a multi-media public awareness and outreach campaign focusing on domestic violence in San Joaquin County. The Women’s Center provides a wide range of supportive, educational, and crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The campaign will be launched in fall 2010 with the help of Judith Buethe Communications and interns from the University of the Pacific’s “Enough is Enough” Program.
The Stanislaus grant will allow the Stanislaus Family Justice Center to enhance the services it provides to the victims and families they serve as they open their facilities in October. The program aims to enhance victim safety and offender accountability in cases of domestic violence.
“This has taken several years for this project to come to fruition and I commend all those who have supported this effort,” said Congressman Cardoza. “The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office and several other community supporters and private citizens have been critical to our effort.”
The award was authorized by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.