Chapter 2.118


2.118.010    Established—Statutory authority.

2.118.020    Membership.

2.118.030    Term of office.

2.118.040    Organization and procedures.

2.118.050    Powers and duties.

2.118.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Domestic Violence Commission is established under the authority of Government Code Section 31000.1, and in compliance with Chapter 2.38 SCCC. [Ord. 4329 § 1, 1994].

2.118.020 Membership.

The Domestic Violence Commission shall consist of the following members:

(A)    The County Administrative Officer, or his or her designee;

(B)    The Sheriff-Coroner of the County, or his/her designee;

(C)    A chief of a police agency, designated by the Law Enforcement Chiefs Association of the County or that police chief’s designee;

(D)    The District Attorney of the County, or his/her designee;

(E)    One judge, familiar with either domestic violence cases, or with family law, to be chosen by the courts;

(F)    The Chief Probation Officer of the County, or his/her designee;

(G)    The Public Defender of the County, or his/her designee;

(H)    The Superintendent of the County Office of Education, or his/her designee;

(I)    One representative of each of the following, as appointed by the Board of Supervisors, upon nomination by the identified agency:

(1)    The Human Resources Agency of the County,

(2)    The women’s crisis support and shelter services,

(3)    Defensa de mujeres,

(4)    The battered women’s task force,

(5)    The family mediation service,

(6)    A certified batterer’s treatment provider approved by the County probation department pursuant to Penal Code Section 1000.94,

(7)    The Women’s Commission of the County;

(8)    The City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women,

(9)    Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital,

(10)    Watsonville Community Hospital,

(11)    The Health Services Agency of the County,

(12)    Walnut Women’s Center,

(13)    The community clinic coalition,

(14)    A representative of the Family Law Bar of Santa Cruz County,

(15)    The Seniors Commission of the County, and

(16)    Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz;

(J)    The following at-large representatives, as appointed by the Board of Supervisors:

(1)    A survivor of domestic violence,

(2)    A representative of the gay/lesbian/bisexual community, and

(3)    A representative of the Latino community. [Ord. 4650 § 1, 2002; Ord. 4504 § 1, 1998; Ord. 4464 § 1, 1997; Ord. 4407 § 1, 1996; Ord. 4329 § 1, 1994].

2.118.030 Term of office.

A member appointed pursuant to the provisions of SCCC 2.118.020(B) through (H) shall serve on the Domestic Violence Commission ex officio, as long as such member continues to hold the office or appointment which initially qualified him or her for membership. This provision for term of office constitutes an exception to SCCC 2.38.100. [Ord. 4329 § 1, 1994].

2.118.040 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Commission shall comply in all respects with SCCC 2.38.110 through 2.38.250 unless otherwise provided herein.

(B)    Quorum. The quorum for the Commission shall be one person more than one-half of the appointed members. This quorum requirement constitutes an exception to SCCC 2.38.150.

(C)    County Staff. The District Attorney’s Office of the County shall provide staff support and clerical services to the Commission. [Ord. 4329 § 1, 1994].

2.118.050 Powers and duties.

The Domestic Violence Commission shall exercise the following responsibilities in its efforts to decrease incidents of family violence:

(A)    Help increase coordination between agencies, departments and the courts, and with victims of domestic violence and abuse;

(B)    Promote effective and accessible education, prevention, intervention and treatment techniques which will be developed based upon research and data collection; and

(C)    Seek to improve the response to domestic violence and abuse so as to reduce incidents of domestic violence; and

(D)    Examine issues relating to domestic violence and make recommendations in regard to administrative and legislative action to be taken by the Board of Supervisors;

(E)    Establish a committee from among its membership, with the addition of a representative of the Office of the Santa Cruz County Counsel, as specified by Penal Code Section 853.6(a), to develop protocols for use by law enforcement officers and recommend the adoption of said protocols to the Board of Supervisors. [Ord. 4329 § 1, 1994].