Transformation & Sustainability Program
The Domestic Violence Program offers support to families in immediate or imminent danger of being hurt by an intimate partner or to children who are abused, neglected or have witnessed family violence regardless of sex, age, gender, lifestyle, religion, medical condition, etc. Participation in our program is open to all people and their children who have been a victim of domestic violence.
These services are all rooted in transformation and sustainability, which guide individuals and families to not become victim to their circumstances, but rather use their adverse situations as a tool to break the cycles of violence, poverty and homelessness and achieve success.
Our goal is simply to invest in each and every person or family in such a way that they feel seen, heard and supported. Our clients are not treated as numbers or another "case" but rather as humans who truly want a better life for themselves and are ready to put in the work to do so.
If you are in a life-threatening situation, please dial 9-1-1, If you need to talk, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline 888-799-SAFE (7223), If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, you are not alone! There are resources that can help you.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFINED
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviors in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
Domestic violence can impact people of all race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level, economic status, belief systems or values can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence. That includes behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate or control a partner, or otherwise force them to behave in ways they don’t want to, including through physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, gaslighting, sexual abuse, financial control and more (www.thehotline.org). Remember, domestic violence is about POWER AND CONTROL. It is not an illness. It is not a disease. It is a CHOICE.
Multiple forms of abuse are usually present at the same time in abusive situations, and it’s essential to understand how these behaviors interact so you know the signs of an abuse relationship.
Red Flags of an Abusive Relationship
It is not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. In fact, many abusers may seem “perfect” on the surface as if they are the dream partner in the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors do not always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, here are some red flags that you may be in an abusive behavior:
Extreme jealousy of your family, friends or any time you spend away from them
Preventing you from making your own decisions (i.e. about working, going to school, etc.)
Always making you feel that you cannot do anything right
Pressuring you to do things you are not comfortable with such as sexual acts, drinking or drug use
Intimidating you and making you feel scared or like you're constantly "walking on eggshells"
Threatening to take your kids away, cut you off financially, have you deported, or other drastic measure if you leave
Threatening to kill you or themselves
If you are in a life-threatening situation, please dial 9-1-1
If you need to talk, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline 888-799-SAFE (7223)
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, you are not alone! There are resources that can help you.
Ways We Help:
Individual counseling sessions
Emergency shelter placement
Employment assistance including resume building, interview techniques, job searches, and interview attire
Assistance with food, clothing and basic supplies
Assistance with completing Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) and California Victim’s Compensation Board (Cal VCB) applications
While these services mainly take place in our secure facility, we also offer online services.
How to Access Services
Our services are confidential, non-judgmental, and free of charge to the community, BUT you have to really be ready to change your life. If not, we’d be happy to help you find an organization to better suit your needs.
Phone Screening: Call us at 951-736-0620 (option 2) and tell us briefly what needs you have (i.e. court appointed classes, emergency shelter, safety planning, etc.). This will help us determine if we need to schedule an in-person assessment with a Domestic Violence Advocate.
In-Person Assessment: Once we have phone-screened you, we will determine a date and time to meet in-person at a secure and safe location. The purpose of this is understand your specific situation better and determine if our agency if right for you and vice versa. If not, we will help you find somewhere more fitting so you are not left unsupported.
Intake Process: Once we assess and accept you as a client, we will schedule an in-person appointment for you to complete enrollment paperwork, assign you an advocate, schedule your one-on-one counseling sessions.
Begin the DV Transformation process!