Domestic violence is a problem of epidemic proportions. One in three women report being in an abusive relationship sometime in their life, and approximately three women in this country are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.
Men who are physically violent toward their partners are likely to use violence toward children as well, and as a result, two-thirds of the residents in battered women’s shelters are children.
We take pride in increasing community awareness about domestic violence issues and bringing about societal change through education and public policy advocacy.
The DVC strives to create healthy relationships through intervention, prevention and education to end the cycle of violence. We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free of violence.
Our vision is that all people will take personal responsibility to eradicate domestic violence in their own relationships, families and in the community at large.
Domestic violence must be replaced with equality in relationships and mutual respect. To put it simply, we make it our duty to transform lives. We help women, children and men affected by domestic violence gain the confidence and capability to demonstrate dignity and respect now and in future generations.
The Domestic Violence Center (DVC) of Santa Clarita Valley provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence while working to break the cycle of abuse. We primarily offer shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and activities to support increased economic opportunities for victims. We provide all of these services and more at either our Outreach Center or our Emergency Center.
Our Outreach Center serves men, women, teens and children who are victims of domestic violence by offering group and individual counseling, parenting classes, legal advocacy, TRO preparation and court accompaniment.
This program also provides numerous community education presentations each year to schools, community organizations, religious groups, social service agencies and professional associations to raise awareness about family violence, child abuse, teen dating abuse prevention and available resources.
Since 1979, our Emergency Shelter Program has consistently offered food, shelter and support services to individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
The program provides individual and group counseling, transportation, emergency food and clothing assistance in addition to case management, legal advocacy, CalWORKs assistance, temporary restraining order (TRO) preparation and submission, court accompaniment, parenting education and transitional services.
The legal advocacy component assists victims in meeting with an advocacy counselor and accessing the resources available for restraining orders. The advocates are bilingual to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking clients and they will accompany the victim to court.