About Alternatives to Domestic Violence

Alternatives to Domestic Violence is a private, nonprofit organization serving all of western Riverside County, California, with a range of services aimed at breaking the cycle of physical and emotional violence within families and the wider community.

Our services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency and transitional housing, outreach services to victims of domestic violence, individual and group counseling, life skills and job training, child development services, child and teen counseling and a range of training programs for legal professionals, first responders and employers in the identification of and response to domestic violence.

Alternatives to Domestic Violence also provides cooperative support services related to domestic violence to organizations and agencies throughout Southern California.

Our Mission

Alternatives to Domestic Violence’s mission is to improve the quality of life and create hope by ending the cycle of domestic violence
through services and education for residents of Riverside County.

Goals and Objectives

•  Provide victims of domestic violence with alternate ways of dealing with physical and/or emotional abuse through education, counseling, shelter, non-judgmental emotional support, legal advocacy and housing assistance

•  Increase community awareness of the problem of domestic violence

•  Serve as an advocate for all victims of domestic violence

•  Find ways and means to decrease the frequency, magnitude and recurrence of domestic violence

•  Break the generational cycle of domestic violence and victimization

For the Future

Alternatives to Domestic Violence is working on programs and services that address the broader issues associated with family violence. We wish to foster awareness that domestic violence is not solely an issue for women, but one that permeates the fabric of our society.


Florence White

Chief Executive Officer

Debra Harris

Program Manager

Garryann Brown

Operations Manager



Client Advocate


Resident Shelter Assistant




Client Advocate


Intake Coordinator / Master Scheduler


Crisis Line Coordinator


Intake Coordinator


Client Advocate


Advocate Intake Coordinator


Intake Coordinator

Priscella Garcia



Client Advocate

Decades Of Service
  • 2008
  • 2008

    In 2008 ADV commemorates 30 years of service to the community!

    January 1, 2008
  • 2006

    In 2006 Corona Counseling Connection opens in March.

    January 1, 2008
  • 2005
  • 2005

    In 2005 Casa de Paz opens its doors in March.

    January 1, 2005
  • 2004

    In 2004 Horizon House is closed and the building is sold in November.

    January 1, 2005
  • 2003
  • 2003

    In 2003 More than $1.5 million has been raised for Casa de Paz, including an $849,000 grant from the California Endowment, $500,000 from the California Community and Housing Development Emergency Housing Assistance Program and $200,000 from the Weingart Foundation. ADV celebrates its 25th anniversary. ADV receives a contract through the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services to begin providing anger management services to batterers.

    January 1, 2003
  • 2001

    In 2001 ADV partners with the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services to expand services to 11 welfare offices in Riverside County. Plans for Casa de Paz, ADV’s new 60-bed residential facility are unveiled at a special event for donors. The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego donates land for the facility.

    January 1, 2003
  • 1997
  • 1997

    In 1997 ADV receives a $600,000 grant from the Office of Child Abuse Prevention to form the Coalition for Family Preservation Violence Prevention Program in Corona, including a school-based Teen Violence Prevention Program and specialized training for professionals, including one of the first clergy-focused conferences in the state. ADV’s new Southwest Advisory Committee opens an outreach site in Temecula in space donated by Hope Lutheran Church.

    January 1, 1997
  • 1995

    In 1995 Denise Brown, sister of Nicole-Simpson Brown, is the keynote speaker at ADV’s seventh annual Professional and Community Leaders Luncheon. Brown speaks about the infamous O. J. Simpson trial and the impact it had on domestic violence victims.

    January 1, 1997
  • 1993
  • 1991

    In 1991 Office space is donated to expand ADV outreach services in Blythe, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley and Palm Springs.

    May 15, 1993
  • 1993

    In 1993 Legislation prohibiting people with restraining orders against them from obtaining firearms is passed. Police are given the ability to arrest those with restraining order violations without warrants. Laws requiring health professionals to receive domestic violence training and requiring them to report suspected cases to police are passed.

    January 1, 1993