Sexual and Domestic Violence in California

Sexual and domestic violence are not inevitable—but without an ongoing state investment in prevention, high rates of tragedy and trauma will persist: an estimated 3.3 million California women and men experience intimate partner violence each year.[1] Nation-wide, 54% of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people reported physical or coercive violence from a partner in 2015.

Our state must prioritize prevention to create a different reality, with a culture of consent and healthy relationships. That’s why we’re asking Governor Newsom and the legislature to invest $15 million in ongoing funding to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

When we started this campaign, policymakers saw potential in our request for prevention funding, providing one-time allocations two years in a row. Ask Governor Newsom and the legislature to build upon this progress today!


[1] Victim estimates: Smith, S., Chen, J., Basile, K., Gilbert, L., Merrick, M., Patel, N., et al. (2017, September 25, 2017). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Retrieved October 2018 from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/summaryreports.html. Lifetime cost per victim estimates: Peterson, C., Kearns, M. C., McIntosh, W.L., Estefan, L. F., Nicolaidis, C., McCollister, K. E., et al. (2018). Lifetime Economic Burden of Intimate Partner Violence Among U.S. Adults. Am J Prev Med, 55(4), 433-444.

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Contact your legislator! We have the power to prevent sexual & domestic violence on a broad scale w/ongoing $15M investment in #CABudget! #PreventionWorks #CAleg
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Do you work for a social justice org in CA? Take 2 mins & sign on in support our critical state budget request to prevent sexual & domestic violence.
Organizational Sign-on Letter

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we invite each of you to join us for A Town Hall on the State of Sexual and Domestic Violence.
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Prevention Works

We know what works to end intergenerational cycles of violence for future generations—it’s grassroots approaches like the research-backed Coaching Boys into Men program, which engages coaches as role models to encourage healthy masculinity. This fits into a range of opportunities to deepen local prevention work: promoting safe and healthy relationship skills much earlier in life, improving school climate and safety, engaging boys and men in gender equity, and promoting racial justice with culturally-responsive solutions.

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