Press Release
For Immediate Release: September 30, 2013
Contact: Jon Myers, (916) 491-3776
Email: jon.myers@vcgcb.ca.gov

Domestic Violence Survivors Need Your Donations

Annual CalVCP Campaign to Focus on Children of Domestic Violence

Suited for Successful Families, You can Help. October 1st to October 31st

Sacramento, CA—In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) will once again sponsor its third annual “Suited For Success” clothing drive to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.

This year, CalVCP expands its collection effort to include children of domestic violence, supported by the theme of “Suited for Successful Families.” Therefore, not only will CalVCP collect new and gently-used professional attire for men and women, it will also be collecting children’s clothing, diapers, and new toys.

“Over a quarter of those applying for CalVCP assistance each year are victims of domestic violence, and many of those victims are children who are witness to or subject to the violence that occurs in these homes,” said Executive Officer Julie Nauman. “It is important that we not only assist adult victims with reentry into the workforce, but that we recognize the needs of the children as well. This year’s drive will benefit adult survivors while also providing for kids’ basic needs as their parents transition through a trying time.”

In 2012, hundreds of state employees, businesses, legislative offices, and Sacramento residents donated nearly 2,000 suits, slacks, dresses, shoes, and belts to benefit victims of domestic violence during CalVCP’s “Suited for Success” drive.

Donations collected throughout the month will be dispersed to local nonprofit organizations that serve domestic violence and sexual assault victims: WEAVE, My Sister's House, Plumas Rural Services, A Community For Peace, and the Sacramento Children’s Home.

Participating agencies include the California Department of General Services, the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Department of Insurance, the California Department of Human Resources, the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the Governor's Office, the Office of Emergency Services, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer's Office, the Commission on Teaching Credentials, the Folsom Police Department, the City of Folsom, First 5 California, and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully's Office.

The following businesses will host collection bins beginning October 1st:

Over 25 percent of the applications that come to CalVCP for assistance each year are victims of domestic violence (DV). DV isn’t strictly a personal matter or home issue, but an alarming and pervasive problem that impacts victims, abusers, family members, friends and communities. Moreover, DV can happen to anyone in any community regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.

For more information about CalVCP and “Suited for Successful Families,” visit the CalVCP website at CalVCP.ca.gov.

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter.

If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCP will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes and traffic offenses, and matching federal funds. The program is not taxpayer funded.