As first reported in our spring newsletter, the domestic violence crime rate in Marin has been decreasing. Fewer individuals are calling law enforcement for help with domestic violence, and Marin’s District Attorney is receiving fewer domestic violence referrals from law enforcement. Center for Domestic Peace (C4DP) is about to engage in an assessment to determine why we’re seeing this decrease and identify what more can be done to continue this encouraging trend. What we do know from research is that multiple strategies are needed to reduce and prevent the #1 violent crime in Marin. To that end, it will continue to be our priority to offer our community multiple ways to obtain assistance through services, education, and prevention.
In this newsletter and series of blog posts, we showcase several strategies we’re using to end domestic violence. “Profiles of Courage” on Natalia illustrates our comprehensive services, which continue to help thousands every year. We have expanded our prevention and outreach efforts with teens experiencing dating abuse. And, we’re excited to announce we have received a grant to extend our prevention work to focus specifically on men and boys. We also continue to prioritize our work with special populations, including the elderly who may face unique barriers when trying to access support and services.
Building on our tradition of highlighting C4DP’s dedicated team members, in this edition you’ll meet Marla Hedlund, a key member of our management team. Marla leads our Development and Community Relations Department. We think you’ll agree that her enthusiasm, passion, and dedication are absolutely essential to our success!
With October around the corner, we have an opportunity to leverage the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaigns into local action. We invite you to participate in the many activities listed on our website: https://centerfordomesticpeace.org/dvam/ or come up with your own ideas on how to keep the momentum going.
Together, we will continue to help decrease domestic violence here in Marin. It takes all of us – across every gender and community, every age group, social class and ethnicity – actively working together as an undivided force to end domestic violence.
We thank you and wish you peace,
Natasha Singh and Cynthia Murray Co-Chair Co-Chair