W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is happy to announce that with the financial support of the Blue Shield Foundation, we’re able to make the DVIRC system accessible to even more domestic violence service providers across California. The project will span the course of two years and will include building a statewide expansion and sustainability plan for the DVIRC project.
The DVIRC emerged when California and many of our domestic violence agencies were threatened with no state budget allocation for services. This would have resulted in the diminishing capacity to offer survivors services. The DVIRC offered a solution by using “collective capacity” techniques and tools to serve survivors. The DVIRC’s collaborative nature means the system’s efficacy expands exponentially with the increase of agencies joining. With additional domestic violence agencies added to the system, domestic violence advocates across California will be better able to ensure survivors can locate shelters and other vital support services in a more efficient and timely manner. Learnings from the last phase of the DVIRC project, which included piloting the project in Del Norte and Ventura Counties, indicated that there was a very specific need in regards to collaboration, especially in rural areas with sparse resources.
At W.O.M.A.N., Inc., we strive to be innovative in our practices in response to survivors’ needs. We also believe that to truly shed light on domestic violence and work towards reducing it for future generations, the domestic violence field must work together to build a stronger, more coordinated network of domestic violence service providers and thus more appropriate, efficient, and reliable services for those suffering from abuse. We must be able to learn about each other’s domestic violence programming and share best practices, specialized knowledge working with specific populations of domestic violence survivors, and communicate with one another in so that domestic violence agencies in the state of California are not each working in their own independent silo to address a global problem. We’re excited about the next phase of the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center Project and to see the positive outcomes of expansion for all survivors and the domestic violence advocates supporting them in California.
To learn more, check out the Blue Shield Foundation Website.