Domestic Violence Advocacy
The mission of the Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Department is to break the cycle of violence through safety, healing, individual empowerment and social change. We believe that peace begins at home.
The Walnut Avenue staff and volunteer advocates are available to support survivors of domestic violence (DV) . Our advocates are trained and certified DV peer counselors and meet you where you are, responding to the needs you wish to meet. We offer a safe space for survivors to talk about the challenges and barriers that impact their lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
We provide all of our support services in English & Spanish
24-Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline
Crisis intervention, support, resources, and 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.
The offsite emergency moteling program offers short term housing as participants’ transition to a safe living environment.
Educational in-services and training on domestic violence are available to agencies, businesses, schools, and organizations. Topics include general DV information, DV in the workplace and how to be an ally to survivors.
Internships/Volunteer Advocate Program
Attend our training to become a certified Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence and contribute to empowering the lives' of families impacted by abuse. As an intern with Walnut Avenue you can provide support via our hotline and have the option of also providing court accompaniment, support group facilitation, or emergency needs/intake support. To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Advocate please call our office to register for a general volunteer orientation, 831-426-3062.
Funding provided by:
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors