East Bay Leadership Council: Honoring Those Who Give Back
Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative, Family Justice Alliance — Outstanding Collaborative Project
In 2001, the County Board of Supervisors launched the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative to improve service delivery systems and policy to support the county’s strong stance against family violence. Addressing this charge, Zero Tolerance has launched and managed a number of important countywide initiatives, including bringing together diverse stakeholders to establish Family Justice Centers in Richmond and Concord.
These Family Justice Centers are widely recognized as a best practice that brings resources together under one roof to ensure victims only need to tell their stories once and receive all the services they need when they need them. Each Center serves approximately 700 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and human trafficking each year.
Furthermore, Zero Tolerance led and completed a planning process to establish a network of Centers, now known as the Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance, that is its own non-profit organization. The Alliance provides a formalized structure for shared governance which was a critical step to maintaining the sustainability of this work for decades to come.