Survivors of Violence

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Our Solutions to Violence programs provide trauma-informed, survivor-center and empowerment-based services to strengthen and support survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We also provide education, prevention, and community outreach services on these issues for schools, groups, and the community.

24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-877-END-SADV (1.877.363.7328)

Click on the links below to learn more about the services we provide.

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  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Abuse
    • Who

      Adult and/or child survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse.

    • Program Goals

      • Increase safety and decrease isolation
      • Provide culturally-competent, strengths-based services for wellness and recovery
      • Decrease impact of trauma and increase resiliency
      • Support survivors in regaining strength, hope, and control in their lives
      • Promote empowerment and opportunities for personal growth
      • Provide education and information regarding legal rights, dynamics of domestic violence, trauma, and healthy coping strategies
      • Help survivors identify and access community resources and support systems

    • Services

      • Safety planning
      • Danger assessment
      • Crisis intervention and 24-hour crisis line
      • Confidential shelter
      • Case management
      • Goal planning
      • Counseling (individual, group and/or family)
      • Assistance to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs)
      • Legal advocacy
      • Accompaniment to medical, legal and/or court appointments
      • Advocacy for clients with outside agencies
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources
      • Community prevention education training

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral), law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services (800-704-0900), Santa Clara County Courts, the Santa Clara County Probation Department, social services, schools, and other service providers.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      24-Hour Crisis Line: 877-END-SADV (877-363-7238)

      Aida Zaldivar, Program Manager: 408.776.6201 or aida.zaldivar@communitysolutions.org

  • Sexual Assault
    • Who

      Adult and/or child survivors of sexual assault.

    • Program Goals

      • Increase safety and decrease isolation of survivors
      • Provide culturally-competent, strengths-based services for wellness and recovery
      • Decrease impact of trauma and increase resiliency
      • Support survivors in regaining strength, hope, and control in their lives
      • Promote empowerment and opportunities for personal growth
      • Provide education and information regarding legal rights, dynamics of sexual assault, trauma, and healthy coping strategies
      • Help survivors identify and access community resources and support systems
      • Raise awareness regarding the criminal justice and legal systems

    • Services

      • Crisis intervention and 24-hour crisis line
      • Case management
      • Counseling (individual, group and/or family)
      • Legal advocacy
      • Accompaniment to medical, legal and/or court appointments
      • Advocacy for clients with outside agencies
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources
      • Community prevention education training

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral), law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services (800-704-0900), Santa Clara County Courts, the Santa Clara County Probation Department, social services, schools, and other service providers.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      24-Hour Crisis Line: 877-END-SADV (877-363-7238)

      Erica Elliott, Program Manager: 408.776.6246 or erica.elliott@communitysolutions.org

  • Human Trafficking (Adult Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking)
    • Who

      Sex trafficking survivors ages 25 years or older and labor trafficking survivors of any age.

    • Program Goals

      • Increase safety and decrease isolation of survivors
      • Provide culturally-competent, strengths-based services for wellness and recovery
      • Decrease impact of trauma and increase resiliency
      • Support survivors in regaining strength, hope, and control in their lives
      • Promote empowerment and opportunities for personal growth
      • Provide education and information regarding legal rights, dynamics of human trafficking, trauma, and healthy coping strategies
      • Help survivors identify and access community resources and support systems
      • Raise awareness regarding the criminal justice and legal systems

    • Services

      • Safety planning
      • Crisis intervention and 24-hour crisis line
      • Confidential shelter
      • Case management
      • Goal planning
      • Counseling (individual, group and/or family)
      • Legal advocacy
      • Transportation and accompaniment to social services, legal and/or court appointments
      • Goal Planning
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources
      • Community prevention education training

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral), law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services (800-704-0900), Santa Clara County Courts, the Santa Clara County Probation Department, social services, schools, and other service providers.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      24-Hour Crisis Line: 877-END-SADV (877-363-7238)

      Kim Gutierrez, Program Manager: 408.776.6205 or kim.gutierrez@communitysolutions.org

  • Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)
    • Who

      Children and youth under age 21 who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

    • Program Goals

      • Increase safety and decrease isolation of survivors
      • Provide culturally-competent, strengths-based services for wellness and recovery
      • Decrease impact of trauma and increase resiliency
      • Support survivors in regaining strength, hope, and control in their lives
      • Promote empowerment and opportunities for personal growth
      • Provide education and information regarding legal rights, dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation, trauma, and healthy coping strategies
      • Help survivors identify and access community resources and support systems
      • Raise awareness regarding the criminal justice and legal systems

    • Services

      • Safety planning
      • Crisis intervention and 24-hour crisis line
      • Case management
      • Goal planning
      • Counseling (individual, group and/or family)
      • Advocacy
      • Transportation and accompaniment to medical, legal and/or court appointments
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources
      • Community prevention education training

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral), law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services (800-704-0900), Santa Clara County Courts, Santa Clara County Probation Department, social services, schools, and other service providers.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      24-Hour Crisis Line: 877-END-SADV (877-363-7238)

      Kim Gutierrez, Program Manager: 408.776.6205 or kim.gutierrez@communitysolutions.org

  • La Isla Pacifica Confidential Shelter
    • Who

      Adult survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse or human trafficking and their minor children.

    • Program Goals

      • Provide a confidential, safe, clean, and sober living environment for survivors
      • Provide culturally-competent, strengths-based services for wellness and recovery
      • Decrease impact of trauma and increase resiliency
      • Support survivors in regaining strength, hope, and control in their lives
      • Promote empowerment and opportunities for personal growth
      • Provide education and information regarding legal rights, dynamics of domestic violence or human trafficking, trauma, and healthy coping strategies
      • Help survivors identify and access community resources and support systems

    • Services

      • Crisis intervention and 24-hour crisis line
      • Case management
      • Counseling (individual, group and/or family)
      • Transportation and accompaniment to medical procedures, legal and/or court appointments
      • Danger assessment and safety planning
      • Legal advocacy
      • Education on domestic violence/intimate partner abuse or human trafficking
      • Life skills education and goal planning
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral), law enforcement agencies, social services, and other service providers.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      24-Hour Crisis Line: 877-END-SADV (877-363-7238)

      Aida Zaldivar, Program Manager: 408.776.6201 or aida.zaldivar@communitysolutions.org

  • South County Family Justice Center
    • Who

      Survivors of crime (and their families) including: domestic violence/intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse.

    • Program Goals

      • Provide information, support and services to survivors of crime and their families
      • Ensure the safety, healing and self-empowerment of survivors and their families
      • Advocate for a future where there is zero tolerance for any form of violence in Santa Clara County

      This is a joint program of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Community Solutions, Gilroy Police Department, Morgan Hill Police Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff, Santa Clara County Probation, Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and Step Forward Foundation

    • Services

      • Advocacy
      • Counseling services
      • Legal services related to crime, immigration, and family law
      • Personal contact with Police Investigators
      • Personal contact with attorneys from District Attorney’s Office
      • Personal contact with Probation Officers
      • Referrals to 24-hour emergency shelters and other emergency housing
      • Referral and linkage to additional services and resources

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. All services provided are confidential. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral) as walk-ins during the program hours (see below).

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      This program is available by walk-in on Wednesdays from 9AM to 5PM at Community Solutions, 16264 Church St. #103, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 408.779.2113

  • Supportive Housing Program
    • Who

      Survivors of domestic violence and their families.

    • Program Goals

      • Provide the necessary tools to help survivors achieve and maintain permanent housing
      • Develop individual and economic stability in order to achieve self-sufficiency
      • Promote family wellness

    • Services

      Case Management/Life Coaching/Advocacy Services:

      • Life skills development
      • Advocacy
      • Peer counseling
      • Safety planning
      • Job skills education and training
      • Financial education and money management (budgeting)
      • Connection to credit repair resource
      • Legal assistance
      • Connection to community resources (social services, child care, etc.)

      Housing Financial Assistance:

      • Rental assistance to obtain and maintain permanent, safe, decent housing
      • Housing search assistance and information
      • Advocacy assistance in obtaining housing
      • Access to housing resources
      • Assistance in completing housing applications

      Client Engagement:

      • Work in partnership with case manager on individualized goal planning
      • Adhere to program agreement guidelines
      • Attend monthly meetings/check-ins for a period of 18 months

    • Referral

      Referrals are accepted internally for open clients with domestic violence victimization.

    • Fees/Insurance

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      Rachael Castro, Housing Manager: 408.763.6792 or rachael.castro@communitysolutions.org

  • Hollister and Gilroy Innovators
    • Who

      The Innovators are teams of community members dedicated to creating safer communities. Everyone plays a role. Youth and adults; people of all genders; family, friends, and neighbors; and professionals and politicians all combine their voice and efforts to create change together.

      Each Innovators team is comprised of 10-15 youth/young adult leaders (ages 14-24) and 10-15 adult leaders (ages 25+). Hollister Innovators is comprised of Hollister residents and Gilroy Innovators is comprised of Gilroy residents.

    • Program Goals

      The Innovators program uses the Close to Home approach to design community-led initiatives and solutions to prevent domestic and sexual violence from happening in our community. The goals of the program are:

      • Increase community involvement and community members’ abilities to prevent sexual violence
      • Increase safe, equitable, and respectful relationships
      • Reduce sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, and teen dating violence and perpetration and victimization in the community

    • Services

      The program focuses on community engagement at all levels on the spectrum of prevention. Each Innovators team addresses these issues in four phases:

      • Assess – the team gathers, learns, and understands how issues of violence impact their community by asking and surveying community members
      • Talk – the team talks to community members about how they are impacted by these issues and areas they see for improvement
      • Build – the team works to envision, propose, and create campaigns that are specific to their community
      • Act – the team engages the community through campaigns and actions specific to their community’s needs
      • Read about Primary Prevention 101

    • Referrals

      This is a voluntary program. Youth/young adults ages 14-24 and adults ages 25+ may apply to participate as a leader. Additionally, you may invite the Innovators team to speak to your work team, sports team, social group, faith-based group, or any other group/gathering. Please use the contact information below.

    • Fees

      There are no fees to participate in this program. Volunteer leaders receive a variety of incentives for their participation. Youth hours can be used to meet school community service hour requirements.

    • Contact

      Erica Elliott, Program Manager: 408.776.6246 or erica.elliott@communitysolutions.org

  • In Touch With Teens
    • Who

      The In Touch With Teens curriculum is designed for high-school age youth and addresses healthy relationships, bullying, oppression and privilege, sexual harassment, and the media’s impact on violence.  

      The program also promotes community education through workshops designed to help parents communicate with their children about healthy relationships and trainings for school staff on the same.

    • Program Goals

      • Increase knowledge and skills of healthy, nonviolent intimate relationships
      • Increase comfort in talking about healthy relationships with one another
      • Create dialogues and identification of sexual violence as an issue
      • Create opportunities for youth to build leadership skills and prevent sexual violence

    • Services

      The In Touch With Teens program is a 6-session interactive program that drives conversations around defining violence, bullying, dating violence, sexual assault, creating healthy relationships, and becoming change makers in their community: 

      • Introduction & Roots of Violence: Introduction to the program, group agreements, understanding why we are together, exploring the connection between violence and oppression.
      • Media’s Impact on Violence & Power and Control: Evaluating all forms of media and its impact on violent behavior/attitudes; and examining the dynamics of power and control in relationships.
      • Bullying & Relationship Violence: Understanding bullying behavior; and exploring how to identify and respond to bullying behavior; and defining relationship violence and identifying unhealthy warning signs that exist.
      • Cycle of Violence & Sexual harassment: Learning to recognize the cycle; and exploring strategies to ending unhealthy relationships; and exploring what is sexual harassment; and learning skills for assertive communication.
      • Sexual Assault and Coercive Control & Becoming an Upstander: Defining sexual assault and its impacts on individuals; and learning skills and strategies to safely intervene in negative situations.
      • Creating Healthy Relationships & Becoming a Change Maker: Discussion on creating and maintaining healthy relationships; and developing a personal vision and steps for being a proactive peacemaker.

    • Referrals

      This program will be implemented at Christopher High School, Gilroy High School, and Mount Madonna High School during the 2019-2020 school year. 

      To inquire about implementation at additional schools or in other settings, please see contact info below.

    • Fees

      There are no fees to participate in this program.

    • Contact

      Erica Elliott, Program Manager: 408.776.6246 or erica.elliott@communitysolutions.org

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