Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Schools and in the Community
The office has taken initiative to support an education system free of gender-based violence. Part of our efforts to support safety in educational institutions has been to fund an assessment of state and federal protections from sex and gender-based harassment and violence. This assessment includes a review of educational institutions’ compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and California Education Codes. This multi-year initiative also has a community engagement component so that all K – 12, public, private, charter, and higher education institutions within Santa Clara County can better understand the impact of sexual violence on students and work collaboratively to increase safety.
The OGBVP funds community programs addressing violence prevention through educational workshops for pregnant and parent students, training to school professionals on issues related to intimate partner violence, and counseling services for teens and members of the LGBTQIA+ community experiencing domestic violence. Additionally, we promote awareness campaigns on teen dating violence and healthy relationships in middle and high schools, and throughout the community.