San Francisco Awarded $650K Federal Grant for High Risk Domestic Violence Victims

Monday, October 29, 2012

CONTACT: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón and Mayor Ed Lee were joined by Domestic Violence Advocates today to announce that San Francisco was awarded a two-year $650,000 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. The grant is a collaboration between the District Attorney’s Office, the Department on the Status of Women, Asian Women’s Shelter and La Casa de las Madres to better serve domestic violence victims who are at high risk of losing their lives.

“Domestic violence knows no economic, racial, sexual or ethnic boundaries,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This grant strengthens our commitment to preventing domestic violence by addressing cultural and language barriers that often times prevent victims from getting the help they need.”

"Domestic violence is a serious issue, and this grant enables San Francisco to continue its historic commitment to serving the highest-risk victims of domestic violence, especially those who are limited-English proficient," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "We will make sure our communities have the information and resources they need to prevent domestic violence."

The Office of Violence Against Women Grant builds upon the work of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit to better serve limited English proficient victims and to improve prosecutors’ ability to bring perpetrators to justice. Through this grant, San Francisco will expand its current work and increase the safety for many of San Francisco’s most vulnerable domestic violence victims.

“What the past year has shown us is that misconceptions about domestic violence are still pervasive. This grant allows us to address domestic violence in the Spanish- and Chinese-speaking communities by reaching out to limited English proficient individuals in their own language,” added Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the Department on the Status of Women.

The goals of the grant are to improve prosecution of domestic violence, improve the criminal justice system’s support for high risk victims, and enhance community-based direct services for domestic violence victims who are high risk, who are limited English proficient, and/or LGBT. The goals will be met through centralized prosecution, trainings within the District Attorney’s Office, trainings with criminal justice agencies, development of a danger assessment tool, and enhancement of direct services. Asian Women’s Shelter and La Casa de las Madres will collaborate with Cameron House, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and API Legal Outreach to provide a range of services.