Domestic Violence Advocacy
The Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence program is part of our Advocacy & Prevention Department that includes our Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Services for Children & Youth programs. 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.
Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) staff and volunteer advocates are available to support survivors of domestic violence (DV) through crisis intervention, peer counseling, safety planning, and goal setting . Our advocates are certified DV peer counselors and are trained to respond to individual needs. We offer a confidential and safe space for survivors to talk about the challenges and barriers that impact their lives and to explore options.
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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 participants, who identify as women, to meet others who have faced similar experiences and gain knowledge and tools for empowerment. These groups are drop in and free of charge. If you are a male survivor, please contact us as we want to provide support and are in the process of developing groups for men.
Domestic Violence Support Group: Mondays 6:00pm-7:30pm (at our main office - 303 Walnut Avenue)
Seeking Safety Group: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm (at our main office - 303 Walnut Avenue)
We offer short term, off-site accommodations for survivors needing an emergency solution while seeking a safe living environment.
Housing First Program
We are developing a program to assist survivors of domestic violence in transitioning to permanent, safe housing.
Educational in-services and training on domestic violence (DV) 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 40+ hour 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 Family & Women’s Center you can provide support via our hotline and have the option, with additional training, to also provide legal advocacy with court accompaniment, opportunities to work with youth, and to assist with emergency needs at the main office. To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Advocate please call our office to register for a general volunteer orientation, 831-426-3062.
Funding for this program provided by
County of Santa Cruz
City of Scotts Valley
It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services to participants (EEO) to all persons regardless of ancestry, age, color, national origin, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), gender, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran, request for FMLA or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.