The Orange County Domestic Violence Commission (DVC) was originally convened in 2005 by Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge, and the late Honorable Lydia Gardner, Clerk of the Courts of Orange County. With the support of Perry and Gardner, Mayor Jacobs reconvened the Commission in February 2013 as a result of several tragic cases occurring in Orange County. The DVC is co-chaired by the Honorable Alice Blackwell, Circuit Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit, and Dick Batchelor, President of Dick Batchelor Management Group, Inc.
Commission members were comprised of elected officials in Orange County, criminal justice stakeholders, and community leaders/advocates who had expertise in the field of domestic violence. Six work groups were formed and over 70 individuals representing a diverse spectrum of the community, as well as survivors, participated in the work of the DVC. The Commission produced more than 60 recommendations for improvements to services for Orange County families impacted by domestic violence.
The Orange County Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Commission continues the critical work of the DVC while also working to protect our County's most vulnerable: our children. The Commission expanded its membership to include community leaders with expertise in the field of child abuse prevention.