A Safe Place will launch a two-year faith and domestic violence project, “Speaking of Faith,” thanks to an $180,000 grant from The Blue Shield of California Foundation.
In partnership with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), the “Speaking of Faith” project will raise awareness and educate the faith-based community on best practices and models to apply when working with families experiencing violence in the home.
Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15-44. More than one million children each year witness the brutal victimization of a parent at the hands of an intimate partner.
The faith environment can be a safe and natural place to address family violence and related issues, including children that are exposed to violence in the home. As a result, there is a great need to strengthen the delivery of subjective counseling and guidance.
The project will foster partnerships between domestic violence programs and faith leaders.
A Safe Place will also join the Blue Shield Against Violence (BSAV) Foundation’s Culturally Responsive Domestic Violence Network, which links 17 statewide domestic violence agencies across the state.
A Safe Place seeks to break the cycle of domestic and family violence by providing battered women and their children with safe shelter and resources, and to prevent violence through outreach and education.
Since 1976, A Safe Place has offered a 24-hour crisis line, emergency 20-bed shelter, a children’s program, community counseling, support groups, community education and outreach, as well as a Teen Violence Prevention Program.
Carolyn Russell, who has served as executive director of A Safe Place since 1984, designed and implemented intervention services and prevention activities for victims of domestic violence.
These programs included the Emergency Shelter Program, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program, and community education and outreach program.
Through A Safe Place, Russell has also governed domestic violence programs on both the local and state level. As a longtime advocate for battered women and their children, she most recently employed programs and services for male victims of domestic violence.
For more information about the Blue Shield Project and other events, contact Carolyn Russell, executive director of A Safe Place, at (510) 986-8600 x 315.