DVSAC is committed to educating western Nevada County regarding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Topics, especially for youth, emphasize healthy relationships, non-violent communication, and how to identify abusive behavior. We bring our education & prevention materials into the schools, and also to groups and organizations throughout the community.
Healthy Relationships Presentations
Presentations on healthy and unhealthy characteristics of relationships, types of abuse, warning signs of abuse, consent and local resources presented by DVSAC staff using the evidence based interactive DVD curriculum, Break the Cycle.
Girls Circle and The Council
Structured support groups for girls/young women and boys/young men in middle school and high school ages 9—18 years
- Groups are offered at Western Nevada County middle schools and high schools
- Groups meet 1 time a week at school for 1 –1.5hrs (or a class period)
- Groups are made up of 6 to 10 students of similar age and same gender
- Topics include: Mind Body Spirit, Body, Image, Who I Am, Standing
Together, Living a Legacy and Growing Healthy, Going Strong
Students are referred by school counselors, teachers or by parent request. Groups meet with a trained facilitator for ten weeks.
Peer Advocates for Health Club
Nevada Union Club facilitated collaboratively by DVSAC and Friday Night Live
- Meets weekly on campus
- Trained on healthy relationships,
bystander intervention, Drugs 101, youth advocacy, leadership skills, suicide
prevention and wellness
- Awareness campaigns on campus
including Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Children’s Art Circle
This is a safe space where art is used as a healing tool to help children who have experienced trauma express themselves, explore their feelings and create.
The group is for ages 5-12 and held at the DVSAC office every Monday 3:30-4:30pm.
Please call the office in advance. Ask for Nancy Z. 272-2046
Crisis Counseling in Schools
DVSAC staff are available for one on one meetings with students needing crisis counseling around Dating Violence and Sexual Assault.
Call DVSAC crisis line (530) 272-3467 to request for a DVSAC Advocate to respond to a school for crisis counseling with a student.
Community Education and Outreach
- Free self defense classes
- Informational booths at fairs and other events
- In-Services at other agencies and businesses
- Presentations to businesses and service groups on topics such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, bystander engagement and Healthy Relationships.