OUTREACH SERVICES

ADV operates outreach offices in Riverside and Hemet.

The outreach program is a vital component in a comprehensive service system for victims of domestic violence, especially for those who still live with their abusers and for those who have left the relationship but who can benefit from counseling, support, and advocacy services. Post-shelter follow-up services can enhance the probability of a victim’s successful transition to a violence-free lifestyle.

By assisting victims earlier in the cycle of violence, outreach services can reduce the need for more shelter services and stimulate long-term benefits for victims and their children. With an early intervention/prevention focus, outreach services delivered in local communities offer a cost-effective and less disruptive alternative to serving the high percentage of domestic violence victims who are not currently in imminent physical danger, and who seek support in reducing or eliminating the abuse in their lives.

Through the outreach program, domestic violence advocates provide comprehensive services to victims in offices near them. Services are provided free of charge to domestic violence victims.

The primary goals of ADV’s Outreach program are to:

•Ensure a victim’s safety
•Help victims understand the dynamics of domestic violence (concepts such as the “cycle of violence” and “power and control”)
•Assist victims in identifying and dealing with their feelings by exploring available options to help them improve their situation
•Provide practical information regarding resources
•Support and promote a victim’s ability to make her own choices

 Services include:

•Safety assessment and planning, including helping the victim develop her own safety plan
•Comprehensive case management
•Individual and group paraprofessional counseling
•Individual, family and group counseling
•Referrals to medical and social services
•Referrals and advocacy in obtaining housing resources, including relocation assistance and emergency shelter
•Assistance in completing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
•Court accompaniment
•Life skills training (financial planning, anger management, coping with stress and other topics)

Clients who receive outreach services always have access to the Casa de Paz emergency shelter and residential living facility if it is determined they meet the eligibility criteria for emergency and/or transitional shelter.

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