The Domestic Violence & Health Collective (DVHC) is a groundbreaking, county-wide initiative that treats domestic violence (DV) as a women’s health priority and links the local healthcare sector with multiple services that support DV survivors in Orange County, California. 


In 2013, the Orange County Women’s Health Project (OCWHP) conducted a needs assessment and planning process which determined the local healthcare sector was not adequately addressing the health impacts of domestic violence (DV), nor was it integrated with the shelter, social, legal and other services that support DV survivors in Orange County.  Understanding that such gaps contribute to poor health outcomes, the OCWHP engaged key partners, developed a vision, secured funding, established a robust evaluation plan, and launched the “Domestic Violence & Health Collective” (DVHC) in October 2014.  Subsequently, in December 2014, Blue Shield of California Foundation awarded over $1.9 million to the OCWHP to oversee, coordinate and evaluate the Health & Domestic Violence System in Orange County.


In January 2015, the OCWHP conducted an open, competitive RFP process to identify lead agencies who would implement the recommended strategies.  In June 2015, the OCWHP awarded sub-grants to four local organizations to implement the following four strategies:

STRATEGY 1:  Cross-Disciplinary Training for Healthcare and Social Service Providers
Develop and deliver on-site cross-disciplinary training programs about health and domestic violence for health care and social service providers. 
 Awarded to Human Options (on behalf of Interval House, Laura's House and WTLC) and the UC Irvine Initiative to End Family Violence. Read more...

STRATEGY 2: Central Clearinghouse for Domestic Violence Resources and Referrals –
Establish a comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly central clearinghouse that can be accessed online or by telephone and that facilitates smooth referrals.  
Awarded to 211 Orange County (211 OC).

STRATEGY 3: Public Health Campaign
Develop and launch a public health campaign with the message that domestic violence affects your health and help is available from your healthcare provider. Awarded to Waymakers.  Read more...

STRATEGY 4: Assessing the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Needs of DV Survivors in Orange County
The OCWHP secured matching funds from the Orange County Community Foundation - Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women to support this strategy.  In 2016, the OCWHP led a year-long Needs Assessment and Planning Process to understand the intersection between domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse in Orange County and develop recommendations addressing any gaps.  In April 2017, the OCWHP published a Policy Brief on the findings of this process.  The OCWHP developed a new curriculum for mental health and substance abuse treatment providers on domestic violence.  To learn more about and/or request this training click here.


The work of DVHC-OC is made possible through generous funding by Blue Shield of California Foundation and support from The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women at the Orange County Community Foundation.  The DVHC was evaluated by The Olin Group, Inc.

On August 1, 2019, key partners and funders joined the Orange County Women's Health Project to celebrate the accomplishments of the Domestic Violence & Health Collective - Orange County (DVHC).  Thank you to everyone who joined us!

To view a copy of the presentation click here.

To view photos from the event click here.