Santa Cruz County Shared Safety Workgroup





The Santa Cruz County Shared Safety Workgroup is a collaborative that is working to better meet the needs of survivors and victims of crime. The Workgroup, which includes representation from health, justice, government, community members, service providers, and survivors of crime, comes  together on a monthly basis to grapple with complex issues and topics related to public safety and crime survivors/victims. Shared Safety involves centering survivors, viewing safety as wellbeing, emphasizes a public health approach, works to break the cycle of harm and make the system work. The Workgroup is supporting the implementation of recommendations identified in the Santa Cruz County Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center report (2020).



  1. Prioritize Healing & Restoration for Crime Survivors
  2. Ensure Access to Trauma Recovery Services
  3. Engage Crime Survivors to Prioritize & Elevate their Voices
  4. Strengthen Trust & Confidence in the Criminal Justice System 
  5. Recognize Who is Most Vulnerable 


  • Community 
  • Catholic Charities Monterey
  • Community Action Board
  • Conflict Resolution Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Encompass Community Services 
  • Human Care Alliance
  • Monarch Services
  • Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance
  • Resource Center for Nonviolence
  • Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
  • Santa Cruz County Administrative Office
  • Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health
  • Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office
  • Santa Cruz County Probation
  • Santa Cruz County Public Defender's Office
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office
  • Santa Cruz County United for Safe & Inclusive Communities  
  • Survivors Healing Center
  • United Way of Santa Cruz County
  • Walnut Ave. Family & Women’s Center

22/23 Areas of Focus 

  • Victim Financial Restitution
  • Survivor Engagement 
  • Survivor System Mapping with the Office for Victims of Crime
  • Trauma Recovery Center Planning 





For more information, please email Sarah Emmert