Decades of Service

1977
A small group of men and women in Riverside begin meeting to look at what services are available for domestic violence victims in Riverside County. Dometic violence advocates successfully lobbied for legislation creating Temporary Restraining Orders for victims of domestic violence.

1978
ADV incorporates in June, 1978, as the Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence.

The Coalition speaks at Congressional hearings about the issue and works with State Sen. Robert Presley to get SB 91, a bill that funds the first six domestic violence shelters in the state, including Horizon House, passed. The coalition receives a grant from the state to fund the 24-hour Crisisline.
A 1920s bungalow in downtown Riverside is purchased by a local couple and later purchased by ADV. It becomes Horizon House, Riverside County’s first and only domestic violence shelter with 15 beds.

1984
The Corona Outreach Office opens at the Circle City Hospital. ADV has two additional outreach sites in Riverside and Indio.

1985
After only seven years, ADV has to turn away hundreds of domestic violence victims because there are not enough beds at Horizon House. In 1985, 712 women are denied shelter due to the lack of space at Horizon House. The Desert Outreach Program opens.

1987
ADV’s board of directors announces a $2 million fund-raising campaign to create two more shelters: a 15-20 bed “Horizon House East” in the desert and a 45-bed “Horizon House West” to serve Corona-Norco and the mid-county area.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

2005
Casa de Paz opens its doors in March.

2006
Corona Counseling Connection opens in March.

2008
ADV commemorates 30 years of service to the community!

2018
ADV commemorates 40 years of service to the community!

What Our Partners are Saying

We’re grateful for the support of our partners, and the community that works to improve the lives of those who are in need of help from domestic violence.