Break the cycle of domestic violence

Domestic violence impacts adults, children, extended families, and entire communities. In fact, 58% 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.

Promoting healing and addressing root causes to end domestic violence

Our work to break the cycle of domestic violence involves working with community leaders and innovators to drive toward healing and prevention.

“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

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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.


Grantee Year Grant Amount Region
Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management 2022 $864,000 Statewide
Futures Without Violence 2022 $600,000 San Francisco Bay Area
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc 2022 $400,000 National
Regents of the University of California at Berkeley 2022 $326,000 San Francisco Bay Area
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 2022 $850,000 Statewide
Department of Social Services 2022 $400,000 Statewide
CalMatters 2022 $200,000 Statewide
Futures Without Violence 2022 $900,000 National
Alliance for Girls 2022 $800,000 San Francisco Bay Area
Jenesse Center, Inc. 2022 $602,390 Los Angeles
Social Good Fund 2022 $500,000 Statewide
The UCLA Foundation 2022 $350,000 Los Angeles
Children Now 2022 $300,000 Statewide
California State Association of Counties 2021 $713,648 Statewide
ValorUS 2021 $600,000 Sacramento Valley
Homeboy Industries 2021 $314,000 Los Angeles
Contra Costa Family Justice Center Alliance 2021 $940,000 San Francisco Bay Area
The Center for Cultural Power 2021 $800,000 National
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 2021 $475,000 Statewide

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The faces behind the work

Senior Program Officer

Director of Policy

Senior Program Manager

Courtnee Hamity

Senior Evaluation and Data Strategy Officer

Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin

Communications Associate