Domestic Violence Advocacy
The Women’s Center has full-time and volunteer advocates available to support victims of domestic violence. Our advocates are trained and certified DV counselors and can meet you where you are, responding to the needs you wish to have met. We offer a safe space for women and children to talk about the challenges and barriers that impact their lives.
Our approach to domestic violence services is a social-educational model that necessitates integrating change on a personal, social, cultural and institutional level addressing attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, values, conditions and environments that condone abuse.
24-Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: (1-866-2-MY-ALLY)
Crisis intervention, support, resources & referrals and safety planning for survivors and their allies.
One-on-One Peer Advocacy:
Trained domestic violence advocates offer a non-judgmental environment for participants to talk about their experiences and weigh their options. Participants are supported to understand the dynamics of abuse and its’ impact on their lives, nurture self-esteem, set healthy boundaries, develop safe coping skills, assess risks and create a safety plan to address their emotional, mental, spiritual and/or physical safety . Information, resources and referrals to other agencies are available as needed.
Our advocates assist with the preparation of restraining order paperwork and provide court accompaniment to restraining order hearings and custody mediation at no cost to our participants. Advocates may also act as liaisons between participants and members of the criminal legal system.
We offer several support groups to the community. Our support groups provide a safe and confidential environment for women to meet others who have faced similar challenges and gain knowledge and tools for empowerment.
Career Advancement Workshops:
Offer practical information to prepare women for joining the workforce.
Emergency Interim Shelter:
Off site emergency interim shelter programs offer short term housing as participants’ transition to a safe living environment.
Educational in-services and trainings on domestic violence and how to be an ally are available to agencies, businesses, schools and organizations.
Volunteer Advocate/Internship Program:
Attend our training to become a certified Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence & contribute to empowering the lives of families impacted by abuse an intern with Walnut Avenue Women’s Center via hotline, court accompaniment, support group facilitation or community education.