Break the cycle of domestic violence

Domestic violence impacts adults, children, extended families, and entire communities. In fact, 58 percent of Californians have been touched by domestic violence, either as a survivor, as a person who caused harm, or through a close friend or family member.

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence requires working across generations to prevent childhood exposure, while also strengthening prevention and healing.

Rooted in harmful gender norms, racism, and income inequality, domestic violence is a societal issue we can collectively work to prevent.

To break this multigenerational cycle, we focus on directly addressing its root causes.

“Survivors, families and communities affected by domestic violence should be directly engaged in building solutions that prevent it across generations. It ensures equitable solutions promote healing and go beyond what is needed to survive, providing pathways for people and families to thrive.”

—Lucia Corral Peña, Senior Program Officer

Creating impact through systems change

Text of a banner reads "Our hands are for helping, not hurting!"

Solutions that enable a whole family to heal break the cycle of violence for future generations. These solutions work to include children exposed to violence and the person who causes harm.

Through organizations such as California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and ValorUS, the Foundation promotes policies that increase gender and racial justice. By advocating for the priorities and needs of survivors, families, and communities of color, our partners recently helped secure $15 million in new state funds for prevention and early intervention services, and $100 million supporting services for domestic violence survivors, victims of sexual violence and other crime.

Grantees

Grantee Year Grant Amount Region
Contra Costa Family Justice Center Alliance 2021 $940,000 San Francisco Bay Area
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 2021 $475,000 Statewide
Social Good Fund 2021 $440,000 Los Angeles
ValorUS 2021 $430,000 Statewide
California Black Womens Health Project 2021 $410,000 Statewide
CalMatters 2021 $100,000 Statewide

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The faces behind the work

Senior Program Officer

Director of Policy

Program Manager

Courtnee Hamity

Senior Evaluation and Data Strategy Officer