Program Highlight–Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center

Program Highlight- DVIRC

As an online interactive community network, the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC) provides a safe space for member Bay Area domestic violence service providers to share, network, and access updated information so that effective and appropriate resources and referrals could be offered to domestic violence survivors. The project was developed by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and Force by Design. It is funded by The Women’s Foundation of California, The Verizon Foundation, Blue Shield of California, and the David B. Gold Foundation.

The project began in 2010, when W.O.M.A.N., Inc. invited twenty-three Domestic Violence agencies to come together to discuss the possibility of creating a website that would contain real-time information about the availability of bed space in domestic violence shelters. After convening, these agencies also discussed using technology to better understand what services are available to survivors throughout the Bay Area and to enhance communication amongst the Domestic Violence agencies via a new technological platform.

Today, over 30 agencies are utilizing the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC), which allows all participating Domestic Violence shelters to directly enter their bed count information into the central database which is then conveniently accessible to participating Domestic Violence service agencies. More so, the DVIRC is a strategic collaboration of domestic violence service providers using a centralized database in which to share resource information to more effectively and efficiently provide clients with the most up-to-date and accurate referrals as possible.

In 2012, the Blue Shield Foundation awarded W.O.M.A.N., Inc. with an additional grant to expand the system beyond the predominantly urban San Francisco Bay Area to include Domestic Violence agencies located in suburban and rural geographic areas. By working with Harrington House in Del Norte County and the Coalition for Family Harmony in Ventura County and implementing the system at their agencies, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. hopes to learn what long-term sustainability and an eventual state-wide expansion of the system might look like. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is also working the Domestic Violence Advocacy Consortium of Santa Clara to learn how a collaboration of five domestic violence agencies within one county can utilize the DVIRC to improve communication between agencies and improve service delivery.

To learn more about the expansion of the DVIRC project, click on the link here.

List of participating organizations:

Alameda County

A Safe Place, Oakland

Alameda County Family Justice Center, Oakland

Building Futures with Women and Children, San Leandro

Emergency Shelter Program, Hayward

Family Violence Law Center, Oakland

Narika, Berkeley

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environment, Fremont

Shalom Bayit, Oakland

San Francisco

APA Family Support Services

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC)

Asian Women’s Resource Center/Gum Moon Women’s Residence

Asian Women’s Shelter

Bay Area Legal Aid

Community United Against Violence

Donaldina Cameron House

Dream House – Jewish Family & Children’s Services

Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Riley Center – Saint Vincent de Paul Society

San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

San Francisco Sheriff’s Department; Survivor Empowerment Program

SafeStart (a program of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center)

Victim Services Division, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

Volunteer Legal Services Program/BASF

W.O.M.A.N. Inc.

San Mateo County

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), San Mateo

Santa Clara County

Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose

Community Solutions, Morgan Hill,

Maitri, San Jose

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, San Jose

Support Network for Battered Women, YWCA, San Jose

Ventura County

The Coalition for Family Harmony, Oxnard

Del Norte County

Rural Human Services Harrington House, Crescent City

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