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Name:Walnut Avenue Women's Center Domestic Violence Services
Address:303 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-426-3062
Toll Free:866-269-2559
Fax Number:831-426-3070
Email Address:info@wawc.org
Website:www.wawc.org
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:The Women's Center has full-time and volunteer advocates available to support victims of domestic violence. Our advocates are trained and certified DV counselors and can meet you where you are, responding to the needs you wish to have met. We offer a safe space for women and children to talk about the challenges and barriers that impact their lives.
Programs:24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Hotline:
1-866-2-MY-ALLY (69-2559)
Crisis intervention, support, resources & referrals and safety planning for survivors and their allies.

One-on-One Peer Advocacy:
Trained domestic violence advocates offer a non-judgmental environment for participants to talk about their experiences and weigh their options. Participants are supported to understand the dynamics of abuse and its' impact on their lives, nurture self-esteem, set healthy boundaries, develop safe coping skills, assess risks and create a safety plan to address their emotional, mental, spiritual and/or physical safety . Information, resources and referrals to other agencies are available as needed.

Legal Advocacy:
Our advocates assist with the preparation of restraining order paperwork and provide court accompaniment to restraining order hearings and custody mediation at no cost to our participants. Advocates may also act as liaisons between participants and members of the criminal legal system.

Support Groups:
We offer 6 support groups to the community. Our support groups provide a safe and confidential environment for women to meet others who have faced similar challenges and gain knowledge and tools for empowerment.

Career Advancement Workshops:
Offer practical information to prepare women for joining the workforce. Groups meet bimonthly.

Emergency Interim Shelter:
Off site emergency interim shelter programs offer short term housing as participants' transition to a safe living environment.

Clinical Counseling:
Individual Counseling is available for women and children on an affordable sliding scale. Post traumatic stress, depression, and trauma recovery are some of the many issues that may be addressed with a therapist. Groups for children ages 8-11, support children to address identifying & coping with emotions that result from exposure to domestic violence and trauma.

Community Education:
Educational in-services and trainings on domestic violence and how to be an ally are available to agencies, businesses, schools and organizations.

Internships:
Attend our training to become a certified Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence & contribute to empowering the lives of families impacted by abuse an intern with WAWC via hotline, court accompaniment, support group facilitation or community education.

All of our support services are provided in English & Spanish
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Call for Information
Fees:Varies
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
 
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Walnut Avenue Women's Center
 
Subject Headings
 Advocacy
Domestic Violence Hotlines
Domestic Violence Issues
Domestic Violence Shelter
Domestic Violence Support Groups
Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services
Educational Programs
Family Counseling
Family Law
Group Counseling
Individual Counseling
Information and Referral
Mutual Support Groups
Parenting Education
Parenting Skills Development
Parenting/Family Support Groups
Prevention Programs
Private Nonprofits
Workshops
This record last modified February 14, 2014