Seen, Heard, and Mattered with Frank McClain

12:06 PM, Thursday August 31st, on KVMR Community Radio 89.5 FM /

Seen, Heard, and Mattered with Frank McClain

“Balanced Relationships”

Frank McClain talks with Stephanie Fisher and Alison Bischofberger from Community Beyond Violence about the agency’s new name and the evolution of their initial focus of serving families and individuals dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault to expanding their vision to prevention and community transformation.

We will consider how their shared leadership structure models cooperation and how their new focus on programs for individual and community transformation are intended to create Community Beyond Violence.

Additionally, Frank will speak with Douglas Raglin and Mary DeWitt about their experiences with the Tuesday evening Men’s Study Group and the Wednesday evening Women’s Study Group presented in association with Community Beyond Violence.

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Debra and Hero’s Story

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Debra lived in Florida with her wife who had dementia. She never even dreamed about leaving until it turned violent. So she came out here to escape. She was given our crisis line number and eventually was able to move into our shelter. In the time she’s been at the house, she utilized our transportation services to medical appointments, attended support groups, received therapy, worked with a family law attorney and eventually was able to find housing with the help of our advocates. She now lives happy and healthy in a safe home with her dog. She says she left the shelter “..with a new found gratitude, self-worth, and knowledge. My life was saved because of DVSAC.”

Thank you to all our donors and supporters who helped ensure Debra and Hero found a happy ending!

If you’d like to make a gift. Please click the donate button at the top of our page.

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Crisis Intervention Training

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DVSAC is offering its 65 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Intervention Training

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or entering the field of crisis counseling, this class is for you!

You will hear from experts in the field on:
History and Cycle of Violence
Child Protection Services
Victim Witness Assistance
Family Court
Law Enforcement
Elder Abuse
Substance Abuse
Anger Management
Trauma of Sexual Assault
Safe Houses and Shelter
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Community Resources

And more…


This class has been postponed to early 2018
Want to learn more?
RSVP to Michelle at or 530-272-2046.
To attend, please click on the register now button below to complete the Volunteer Application.

Cost is $50 for educational materials. Scholarships are available.

(Contact us at 530-272-2046
or to reserve your spot)

Training satisfies the requirements mandated by the state of California
to work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.



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DVSAC Has Changed Its Name


has changed its name to:

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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.

In an attempt to reach a wider and more diverse audience we have renamed the agency this month. The new name, Community Beyond Violence, has been hinted at and then announced at various times throughout the Summer. Some see it as shedding a dated name to keep up with the times, and others see it as only the beginning of a new legacy.

The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition (or DVSAC)  was founded by the Quakers in 1978. It was a movement led by community members, who were providing resources for women and children to escape domestic violence. Since then, DVSAC has served Western Nevada County on issues like sexual assault, child and elder abuse, sexual harassment, bullying and human trafficking.

Throughout those years the name has changed to reflect its expanding programs from its original “Battered Women’s Alliance” to include men in 1981 as “Coalition to Eliminate Domestic Violence in Nevada County” then eventually to include sexual assault in 1994 as “The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition.”

Changing the name to a positive, solution-oriented phrase that more accurately reflects the agency’s mission and vision for its community has been a long time coming. Now more than ever, this is a time where the community needs to band together to promote healthy relationships and change social norms that allow behaviors that tolerates violence.

The name, DVSAC, created a distraction from the work we do. The name itself had absolutely no indication of one of the main objectives of the agency, the prevention and reduction of violence. Potential clients that could benefit from the services and resources the group provides would be scared away by the name if they didn’t identify as a victim of such issues. The name was long and confusing for donors and supporters. Only someone intimately familiar with the agency could remember all of the words in the name, let alone the acronym.

We are aiming to reach a larger community. Times are changing, and so are the demographics. We’re not the same county that existed in 1978, when it began. We conducted research and found that many feel strongly about the mission and vision and that the name should reflect what the organization is trying to create, not prevent.

Dropping the words “domestic” and “sexual assault” is meant to appeal to more potential clients as well as supporters. The word “violence” was kept to keep the public mindful of how it stands apart from other local non-profits who also work to promote healthy and stable families.

A recent Community Beyond Violence shelter client says “Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition” didn’t connect with her. “The term ‘domestic violence’ is something that not everyone can relate to, or wants to relate to, particularly people who haven’t been physically hurt but have experienced emotional abuse,  like me.”


As part of its re-branding we plan to reach a wider audience by expanding our voice and exploring different outreach avenues. This change is about more than just a name. We want to make sure that people see this change as not just about a brand, but about increasing the role our agency plays in preventing and reducing violence in our community and growing those who can be included in our mission along the way.

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Vagina Monologues- October 6th

Community Beyond Violence (formerly DVSAC) is proud to be working with Center for the Arts to put on a special production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues” to raise money and awareness to benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Western Nevada County. This special evening is taking place October 6th, 2017 and is intended to re-introduce DVSAC to the community under its new name, “Community Beyond Violence.” It will be produced with 12 local monologists including Allison Kirk, Barbara DeHart, Carol Scofield, Elisa Parker, Hilary Hodge, Hollie Grimaldi Flores, Jill Erickson, Juliet Gobert, Karen Chizek, Tracy Pepper, Trish Gardiner and Wendy Willoughby. It is guaranteed to be an emotionally affecting and moving experience for all who attend.

The play delves into consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. The original production starred Ensler1996 but has since been restaged and recast for local monologists to produce the play to benefit groups working to end violence against women and girls.

Part of what makes this event so special is the opportunity it offers for our community members to participate in a global movement to celebrate and honor the women and girls in their life and community, to be part of a collective voice, a voice that refuses to be ignored, a voice that says NO to violence against women and girls.

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$27 General Admission (Ticket price includes $2 facility fee)

The Center Box Office- 530.274.8384
314 West Main St, Grass Valley, CA

Briar Patch- 530.272.5333



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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

Download the Flyer

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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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