Contra Costa Alliance To End Abuse

Sixteen years ago, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took the bold step of aligning the efforts of several agencies and community organizations by forming what is now known as the Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse (Alliance).

Originally Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative, the county private-public partnership was the first of its kind in California.  The Alliance has led the way in  addressing domestic/family violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the county.

Built on a foundation of public systems and private providers working together to create a safe and nurturing community, the Alliance continues to shed light on the issue of personal violence and its prevention by coordinating diverse sectors and organizations, and providing education and training.

EHSD leads the Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse to improve the county’s response to and prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by aligning policies, practices and protocols, coordinating services, and creating a climate in which violence and abuse are not tolerated.

APPROACH

Strengthening Systems – advocating with public and private entities to apply a violence prevention lens to the work they do and piloting new projects
Building Partnerships – facilitating open sharing of resources, ideas, and manpower
Educating Professionals and the Community – hosting workshops and professional development training and developing tools

CURRENT STRATEGIES

Anti Human Trafficking Coalition:
Raising awareness about the impact of human trafficking, building capacity among public and private agencies to reach out to victims and provide access to services, and coordinating services, policies and protocols.

Criminal Justice Training and Materials: Delivering interactive training and materials to criminal justice agencies spanning the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse.

Justice and Legal Intervention: Interrupting the escalation of violence by supporting justice and legal services; including Domestic Violence Court, restraining order clinics, system advocacy and crisis response protocols.

Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention:  Integrating best practice DV homicide prevention model(s) into the County’s response system.

Families Thrive:
Bringing together dozens of diverse organizations to marshal their resources, support, and partnerships to address the specific needs of children and families impacted by domestic violence and other forms of early trauma.

Contra Costa Family Justice Center:
Supporting the development of collaborative multi-service center(s) for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and human trafficking and their families.

PARTNERS