October is always a busy month for the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office as they host a variety of events on promoting domestic violence awareness. Events included peace walks, intimate ceremonies, and social gatherings. The main goal is to help reduce the number of domestic violence cases in Santa Cruz County through prevention and education. Today, community organizations in the county are working in collaboration to develop strategies to help increase awareness. This collaborative effort among community organizations are to increase services for victims of domestic violence in Santa Cruz County.
As a result of this collaborative effort, the Crisis Response Team and the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office hosted the 4th Annual Domestic Violence Conference on Tuesday,October 27, 2016. The conference took place at the Santa Cruz County Complex. The conference was coordinated by Nidia Solorzano a Victims Services Advocate from the Office of the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office. “The conference is held to provide working professionals within the social service sectors with the tools and information they need to help victims of domestic violence. It is our responsibility as community leaders to help victims in our community have an opportunity to lead a safe and healthy life,” said Nidia Solorzano.
The conference this year included an array of topics from working professionals within the social services sector. Some of the topics on domestic violence covered at the conference were: risk factors, national trends, how the law defines domestic violence, current research, best practices, and prevention methods. Doreen Nicholas was recognized at the conference for her work and dedication towards helping victims and families of domestic violence. Funding for this conference was provided by the County Attorney’s Office. Attendees not only benefited from the information, and networking opportunities but also had an opportunity to participate in several raffles.