Domestic Violence Victim Services
Victims of domestic violence can obtain crisis counseling at any time of day or night, either by calling the DVSAC crisis line (272-3467) or coming by the DVSAC office during business hours – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call us for directions to the downtown office in Grass Valley. A trained crisis counselor will assess the victim’s situation, help them remain calm, and go over various options with them.
Shelter and Safehousing
DVSAC provides emergency confidential shelter where necessary for victims of domestic violence and their children who are in immediate danger. A shelter stay provides an opportunity for women to be safe, to access the resources they and their children need, and to draw up a plan for their future.
If you would like to make a donation to our shelter, please take a look at our wish list.
Food, Clothing and Transportation
Emergency food and clothing are available for domestic violence victims and their families. DVSAC will also arrange for transportation where required, to go somewhere safe or to access necessary services.
Weekly support groups are available for victims of domestic violence, under the guidance of our trained facilitators. See the Groups and Classes page for groups currently offered.
DVSAC provides free individual counseling with certified domestic violence/sexual assault staff for survivors. Additionally, clients may qualify for 5-10 individual therapy sessions. Referrals for therapy must first be made through a DVSAC crisis counselor and approved by the Program Director.
Accompaniment and Advocacy
DVSAC counselors are available to accompany domestic violence victims through medical, legal and law enforcement processes. In some of these situations, the counselor may also act as an advocate for victims, giving them the support and confidence to navigate through sometimes unfamiliar and intimidating territory.
Help with obtaining temporary restraining orders is available both at DVSAC and through referrals to the Nevada County Legal Assistance Office. An advocate is also available to accompany victims of domestic violence during court and mediation proceedings. For other legal help, DVSAC will make referrals to paralegals and attorneys where required, and if possible, help toward the payment of legal fees.
Ongoing children’s individual counseling and group programs are offered for the children of domestic violence victims, both at the shelter and in the DVSAC office. These programs require an intake process with the Children’s Program Specialist. Groups are held weekly after school hours, and are available for children between the ages of 5 and 12. For a schedule, see the Groups and Classes page.
Referrals and Other Services
DVSAC collaborates closely with local public and private social service agencies in Nevada County to make sure its clients have access to a full range of social services that may help them in their situation. We give information and referrals to victims, and where necessary help with setting up appointments, transportation and accompaniment.