Break the cycle of domestic violence

Domestic violence is everywhere. It impacts adults, children, extended families, and entire communities. In fact, 58% of Californians have been affected 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, Chief Program Director

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
ValorUS 2024 $250,000 Statewide
Homeboy Industries 2024 $200,000 Los Angeles
Tides Center 2024 $150,000 Statewide
CalMatters 2024 $100,000 Central
East Los Angeles Womens Center 2023 $700,000 Los Angeles
DeafHope 2023 $700,000 Statewide
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth 2023 $700,000 San Francisco Bay Area
Healing Together 2023 $600,000 Statewide
Success Stories Program 2023 $100,000 Statewide
Community Justice Center 2023 $100,000 Central
Jenesse Center Inc 2023 $500,000 Statewide
California Children and Families Foundation Inc 2023 $125,000 Statewide
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

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The faces behind the work

Carolina Morales

Senior Program Officer

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Director of Policy

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Senior Program Manager

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Senior Evaluation and Data Strategy Officer

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Communications Associate

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Senior Program Manager