Green Dot Bystander Training

Nevada County
Green Dot Bystander Training


Participants will:

  • Develop the knowledge and awareness to recognize situations where violence is occurring or imminent.
  • Learn skills and strategies to prevent or address violence as active bystanders.
  • Identify ways to contribute to a culture that does not tolerate violence in any form.

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

9:30am – 12:30 pm

Training will be held at the NCCA Building
149 Crown Point Ct, #A
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Space is limited to the first 20 participants!
RSVP at (530) 272-2046 or

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Congratulations to Our Newest Volunteers!

Congrats to the CIT Spring 2017 Graduating Class!

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In the case of volunteers who work with clients on the crisis line or in person, a state mandated 65-hour Crisis Intervention Training is required by the state of California. At the end of this training, qualified participants will receive certification as a peer counselor.

DVSAC engages the community through its volunteer training to educate those who would like to work directly with clients. The class brings guest speakers from partner agencies who are experts in their field. DVSAC offers this course twice a year. Next available training will be held in the Fall.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator,
Laura Harter at (530) 272-2046 or


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DVSAC is Rebranding this Summer…


is rebranding this Summer…

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At DVSAC, we seek to lift our community beyond all forms of interpersonal violence by engaging the community, empowering individuals, and reducing violence through prevention.

This rebranding aligns more closely with our goal of providing support for families and building healthy relationships in the community while offering services for survivors of interpersonal violence. The focus is  solution-oriented and creates a positive message. Services include resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and expand into fields like human trafficking, bullying, child and elder abuse and promoting healthy relationships. The new name, Community Beyond Violence, will be official this Summer.  

The rebranding efforts go hand in hand with the agency’s new structure of shared leadership. Increasingly, non-profits are looking to restructure their organizations to practice shared leadership, in which the top level of executive leadership is shared internally by two or three people, rather than a sole Executive Director. In August 2016, DVSAC’s Board of Directors decided to make the shift to this de-centralized organizational model. Three staff members fill the shared leadership positions — Stephanie Fischer as the Director of Outreach & Development, Nancy Ramsey as the Director of Programs, and Nancy Bassett as the Director of Finance. The Board has found this to be a successful way to engage more staff in leadership and  decision-making.  The goal is to strengthen the role of the organization in the community and promote partnerships in building a movement for progressive social change.


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Share Your Thoughts

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Mother Son Event Submissions

We are discussing creating an annual mother and son event in the Summer or Fall to compliment our daddy daughter dance. We want your ideas!
  • In case we'd like to discuss your idea further.




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1% For Our Community- Dental Wellness Center

The Dental Wellness Center Donated $677.31 to help provide services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Nevada County.

A HUGE thank you to Dr. Rockwell and his team for furthering our vision of a community unified in peace and justice for the safety and well-being of every individual.

Dental Wellness Center check 2017
From left to right:
Stephanie Fischer, Jesse Evans, Dr. Sean Rockwell, Joycelene Johnson, Jeff Wenzel
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Congo Sanchez – Benefit for DVSAC


Back by popular demand, three members of Thievery Corporation (yes, you read that correctly) join forces to bring us a sizzling sonic cocktail of conscious hip hop, super-charged reggae and richly-layered percussive grooves. The last time they were here many walked away claiming it was the best show they’d ever seen at the Crazy Horse. It’s hard to imagine the volume of energy exploding off the stage until you witness it in the flesh. $5 from every ticket purchase goes to benefit the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition. There will also be a silent auction with several exciting things to bid on. This is a feel-good event to the nth degree!

May 4th @ 9:30pm
Bumpin’ DJ set to open

Tickets on Sale Now! Online, at Briar Patch, or at Venue
buy_tickets_button-2Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill
230 Commercial Street, Nevada City
(530) 265-4000

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Film Screening- The Mask You Live In

Join us for a community screening of

The Mask You Live In

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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Read More About the Film

Date: Last week of April.
Exact date TBD (Check back for updates)

Time: 6pm-8pm


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Denim Day- April 26th

denim dayDenim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence. By participating in Denim Day this April, you can play a role in the prevention of sexual violence. Every year we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion and on April 26th to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Why denim? Denim Day was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.  The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Denim Day was developed in response to this case and wearing jeans during this annual event has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Women of the Italian Legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest. In April 1999, a social service agency in Los Angeles established the first Denim Day in the United States.

DVSAC carries on this tradition.  We wear denim to dispel harmful myths about sexual violence and survivors.

We invite your workplace or school in Nevada County to join us! Raise awareness of sexual violence and funds to help survivors by inviting employees to wear jeans for a day. Or if you live in Nevada County, contact us for Denim Day stickers that you can wear any time.

If you are a business in Nevada County and wish to participate, please sign up here:

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Donations can be sent to: DVSAC, PO Box 484, Grass Valley, CA 95945. If you have any questions, contact us at 530.272.2046.

Thank you for your commitment to services for survivors of sexual violence!

When you participate in Denim Day you:

  1. Promote prevention through education to reduce sexual violence.

  2. Encourage institutional and societal change.

  3. Make a powerful statement without ever saying a word.

  4. Become a safe person for victims and survivors to reach out to for help.

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