Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women


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New artwork by Anna Oneglia for CPVAW's 30th Anniversary

To end sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in the City of Santa Cruz through prevention, programs, and public policy.

To collaborate with local stakeholder partners and law enforcement to ensure best practices to respond to and prosecute violent crimes against women.


  • To make ending violence against women the highest priority in the City of Santa Cruz
  • To ensure collaboration with other public and private agencies to support existing programs and
    support the development of new programs as needed
  • To facilitate meaningful citizen participation in the work of the Commission
  • To continue to work with law enforcement to develop strategies for the successful prosecution and conviction of the crimes of violence against women

Meetings and Membership:
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the months of February, March, May, August, September, and November at 6:45 p.m. in City Council Chambers,
809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the City Council.  Agendas and minutes are available online.

Standing Committee:  CPVAW Police Committee: Scheduled meetings: Wednesdays, May 15, August 21, November 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Courtyard Conference Room.  Agendas and minutes will be posted to this website in the near future.


Visit the City's Parks and Recreation page for current classes and registration information.


Tree Dedications

Banner Program

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - watch for details

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - watch for details

    •   Information & Invitation    
    •   Safe Place Network Businesses

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    • Emergency Telephone Numbers 
    • Safety Strategies for Battered Women and Children
    • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
    • Police Department Website    
    • Información en Español
            Números de Emergencia
            El Asalto Sexual y la Violencia Doméstica
            Estrategias de Seguridad Para las Mujeres Golpeadas y Para Sus Niños

Commission Contact:
Rachel Christopher

CPVAW Coordinator
809 Center Street, Room 10
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060

Office Hours: By Appointment only.
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