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County of Santa Clara to Host 29th Annual Domestic Violence Conference

County of Santa Clara to Host 29th Annual Domestic Violence Conference



The Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention and the Domestic Violence Council are hosting a two-day virtual symposium “29th Annual Domestic Violence Conference,” on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Oct. 21. 

“The trauma of experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, especially in a child’s early formative years can have a deep and lasting impact on their mental wellbeing and physical health,” said Supervisor and Board Vice President Susan Ellenberg, Vice Chair of the Children, Seniors, and Families Committee. “All county residents benefit from a robust support network of advocates, law enforcement officials, health care providers, and others who work on behalf of victims every day and strive to put an end to domestic violence.”

The conference curriculum will engage attendees to examine ways to address and prevent gun violence; discuss how to heal communities through valuable partnerships; and address how to talk to children when a parent is a covert abuser.  Community members and professionals and advocates from local government, courts, law enforcement, mental health, domestic violence programs, and community-based organizations addressing domestic violence are encouraged to attend.

“The Domestic Violence Council and the Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention continue to examine and reimagine how our community can come together to stop the violence outright and counteract the harmful impact of its effects,” said Carla Collins, Manager of the Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention. “Those in Santa Clara County who seek to transform the way our community responds to intimate partner violence are invited to participate in this conference that promises to challenge and inspire all who attend.” 

The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, 12:30pm, to celebrate honorees for the Outstanding Advocate Awards, and the Mindy Zen Law Enforcement Award.

Tickets for this virtual event are available, for free, by visiting The 29th Annual Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference.


Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference 2022


Admission is free; however, registration is required. The event is virtual only:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, 8:30 a.m. ­– 1 p.m.



Julia Weber, Keynote Speaker, Director of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Outstanding Advocate Award Honorees:

        Shabana Ansari, MAITRI

        Lindsey Mansfield, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

Mindy Zen Law Enforcement Award:

        Vishal Bathija, Supervising Deputy District Attorney 



For 29 years, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the County of Santa Clara has coordinated an annual conference that gathers a wide range of interdisciplinary professionals who serve families impacted by domestic violence. Participants include law enforcement, probation, criminal and civil attorneys, court staff, judges, mental health professionals, victim advocates, pre-trial services, child welfare professionals, educators, and healthcare professionals. Mental health professionals, attorneys, and nurses attending the entire conference may qualify for Continuing Education Credits.

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About the Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention

The Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention was established in September 2019 to improve collaboration and coordination across County stakeholders to improve long-term outcomes for survivors of violence. To achieve success, we work with county departments and service providers to create a shared vision that aligns key outcomes across support, prevention, and response systems. We are committed to ensuring that the voices of survivors are central to establishing trauma-informed and survivor-centered policies and practices. 


About the Domestic Violence Council

The County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Council (DVC) was established as a County Commission in 1991 to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors to assure safety and restoration for victims of domestic violence, cessation of violence, and accountability for batterers. The Council makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding policies, programs, and legislation and promotes effective prevention, intervention, and treatment techniques to reduce domestic violence in our community. For more information about the Domestic Violence Council, visit


About the County of Santa Clara, California   

The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, Calif., making it more populous than 14 states in the U.S. The County provides essential services to its residents, including public health protection, environmental stewardship, medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, park services, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and many other public benefits. 


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Media Contact: Carla Collins, Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention, 408.678.1475, [email protected]  

Laurel Anderson / Benjamin Rada, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, [email protected]

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