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AB-1268 Domestic violence and sexual assault: prevention.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/28/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 28, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1268


Introduced by Assembly Members Reyes and Rubio Reyes, Rubio, Limón, and Eduardo Garcia

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 13823.19 to the Penal Code, relating to domestic interpersonal violence.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1268, as amended, Reyes. Domestic violence. violence and sexual assault: prevention.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and requires the Office of Emergency Services and the council to collaboratively administer the Comprehensive Statewide Domestic Violence Program, through which the office provides financial and technical assistance to local domestic violence centers in implementing specified services for victims of domestic violence and their children.
This bill would create the California Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund and require that moneys in the fund be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to provide grants to nonprofit organizations, local education agencies, and local governments organizations for the purpose of funding programs that incorporate evidence-based comprehensive, evidence-based, and promising practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. The bill would require grants to be awarded by the Office of Emergency Services’ Underserved Victims Unit Services according to criteria for funding that would be established by the office in consultation with practitioners and experts in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. The bill would require grants to be 3 years in length and for a minimum amount of $250,000. $150,000. The bill would create specified requirements for organizations receiving funds under its provisions. The bill would additionally direct these grants to be used for specified activities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13823.19 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13823.19.
 (a) The California The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The problems of domestic violence and sexual assault are of serious and increasing magnitude. Limited resources leave many areas of the state unserved or underserved.
(2) Factors that contribute to domestic violence and sexual assault include inequitable gender norms, power imbalances, poverty or diminished economic opportunities, and general acceptance of aggressiveness and violence.
(3) Factors that mitigate domestic violence and sexual assault and increase resilience include tools for respectful and peaceful problem solving and community support and connectedness.
(4) It is the intent of the Legislature to address domestic violence and sexual assault in California by funding innovative prevention strategies that incorporate cross-movement collaborations and community-informed approaches that integrate diverse cultural beliefs and practices to foster healthy family relationships and interactions.
(5) It is the intent of the Legislature to address domestic violence and sexual assault in California through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund.
(b) The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury. Moneys in the fund shall be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to provide grants to nonprofit organizations, local education agencies, and local governments organizations for the purpose of funding programs that incorporate evidence-based comprehensive, evidence-based, and promising practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Grants made pursuant to this section shall encourage the development and deployment of new prevention efforts while enhancing, sustaining, and expanding existing programs for the purpose of preventing domestic violence and sexual assault as linked and distinct issues of interpersonal violence.

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(c) Grants made pursuant to this section shall be awarded by the Office of Emergency Services’ Underserved Victims Unit Services according to criteria for funding that shall be established by the office in consultation with practitioners and experts in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention to encourage new prevention efforts while enhancing, sustaining, and expanding existing programs for the purpose of ending domestic violence and sexual assault. prevention. Grants shall be three years in length and shall be for a minimum amount of two one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000). ($150,000). All organizations receiving funds pursuant to this section shall have a demonstrated work history on the issue of domestic violence or sexual assault and knowledge of prevention principles. All organizations receiving funds pursuant to this section shall have an established ability to respond safely and confidentially to domestic violence and sexual assault disclosures or requests for help from participants during prevention activities.
(d) Grants made pursuant to this section shall support activities including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Providing trauma-informed prevention services, including, but not limited to, planning and implementing prevention activities to anticipate and honor the presence of victims and survivors, and anticipate the possible presence of those who have already perpetrated violence, in the audience of these activities.
(2) Implementing primary prevention activities addressing root causes of violence that focus on the risk of, and protection from, perpetrating violence and not on the risk of victimization.
(3) Identifying risk and protective factors to develop prevention strategies and outreach activities.
(4) Implementing primary prevention strategies such as engaging bystanders, educating youth about healthy relationships, and changing social norms.
(5) Developing culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention programs for historically underserved communities.
(6) Working collaboratively with educational institutions to implement campus-based domestic violence and sexual assault prevention strategies for students, staff, and faculty.
(7) Working collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations, school districts, for-profit organizations, and other community-based organizations to implement domestic violence and sexual assault prevention strategies for professionals.
(8) Engaging the community through the use of youth-led activities, such as bystander intervention projects, video projects, intergenerational talks with community elders, and community outreach.