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The Partnership's Quarterly Newsletter:

Showing Solidarity with Survivors by Committing to Prevention
FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, JACQUIE MARROQUIN

At our Statewide Domestic Violence Conference in March, former NFL athlete Ray Rice was interviewed on stage by A CALL TO MEN CEO Tony Porter. He said something we rarely hear in public after someone has caused harm: he admitted that he needed to seek help to change his behavior, and described his journey from being “the man with all the answers” to embracing vulnerability and discomfort as a way to grow.

Our movement is seeking more answers about what works to stop people from inflicting further trauma — given the realities that they are a part of our families, and not all survivors choose to leave. We hold fast to the power of our communities to call for accountability, asking first what the survivor needs and how we can assist in promoting their well-being. We also know that power and control tactics exist in a sea of inequities around gender, race, economic status, and sexual identity. After deep introspection and work to understand their role in these inequities — keeping in mind any prior exposure to violence themselves — is it possible for people who have harmed to use their new understanding to influence their peers?

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FEATURE ARTICLE AND EVENTS
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA MUST GET PROACTIVE TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Tragic new data spanning multiple states revealed that 7% of youth murders between 2003 and 2016 were victims of teen dating violence. Behind every tragedy lies a story of traumatic events stemming from the dynamics of power and control — jealousy, isolation, intimidation, and more. Undoubtedly, this is also a story of missed opportunities to take action.

If we could rewind, what would we do?

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READ ABOUT RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS!
Our team has been effecting social change all across the state! Alejandra Aguilar helped train 120 Los Angeles service providers on family leave laws as part of our work to prevent domestic violence. Miranda Stiers convened organizations from every region, and the group discussed best practices for survivor-driven housing advocacy. Coming up, don't miss the Big Day of Giving on May 2nd, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls on May 5th, and Salsa Sunday in SF (June 9th). 

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SUPPORT OUR WORK
THE BIG DAY OF GIVING IS HERE!
At the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, we are working towards a future where all individuals have the tools and resources they need to have healthy, happy relationships, and where violence is not a part of any relationship.

But we can’t do this alone – we need your help! On May 2, we are again participating in the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Big Day of Giving: It’s 24 little hours, with a big impact (and prizes!).

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THE PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
Between January and March, we're proud to say that we trained 1,140 people during webinars and in-person events! It has been a busy start of the year, and we measure our impact not only with data like this -- but also in the relationships we build and strengthen in this network of people dedicated to ending domestic violence.

See who joined the Partnership, read some of our media coverage, and become a Member of our coalition to get more involved in the movement. 

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