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City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

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General Agency Information
Name: City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Altername Name(s): Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Address: 809 Center Street, Room 10
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-420-5363
Days/Hours of Operation: By Appointment
Description: The vision of this city advisory body is to end sexual assault, sexual harassment and domestic violence in the City of Santa Cruz through prevention, programs and public policy.

to make ending violence against women the highest priority in the City of Santa Cruz;
to ensure collaboration with other public and private agencies to support existing programs and support the development of new programs as needed; to facilitate meaningful citizen participation in the work of the Commission;
and to continue to work with law enforcement to develop strategies for the successful prosecution and conviction of the crimes of violence against women.

AREAS SERVED: City of Santa Cruz
Mission: To collaborate with local stakeholder partners and law enforcement to ensure best practices to respond to and prosecute violent crimes against women.
Programs: Partners with local agencies to provide events, programs and services which raise awareness, provide education and engage the community in the issue of violence against women. Programs and events typically scheduled in April for Sexual Assault Awareness and in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Coordinates the Safe Place Network program in collaboration with Women's Crisis Support-Defensa de Mujers, Downtown Association and the Downtown Commission. Information available on website.

Offers low cost self-defense classes for girls, teens, women, and seniors throughout the year. Classes teach self-defense strategies of awareness, verbal skills, assertiveness, and physical techniques. Women and girls of all abilities are welcome. Classes are self-paced, non-competitive and combine discussion and physical work; comfortable clothing suggested. Classes are listed in the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation activity guide and online at Pre-registration required, call 420-5270.

Meetings: 6 times a year: Feb, March, May, Aug, Sept, & Nov. on the first Wed of the month at 6:45 pm in the City Council Chambers
Languages other than English: None
Accommodations for Disabled: Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation: Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility: Public Service
Fees: None
Areas Served: See Description Notes
Physical Location: Santa Cruz
Funding Source: City Government
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Crime Prevention
Domestic Violence Issues
Domestic Violence Support Groups
Government Agencies
Police/Community Relations Groups
Public Awareness/Education
Self Defense Training
Sexual Assault Prevention
This agency was last updated on August 30, 2017