Annual Report

Supporting All Victims

DVS Annual Report for 2016



Fall 2015

We are reminded daily that domestic violence is an on-going problem that has infected our culture and society through media coverage of violence and deaths. Intimate partner violence is not selective and is present in all social, race, economic and gender groups.

Spring 2015

Help the Children
Today millions of children live in fear and are victims of domestic violence. Their family life is often filled with pain, utterly lacking stability and love. Many of the children in our country today have been exposed to domestic violence and have not received any of the support available to them. Without this help, these young victims will not begin to heal from the emotional wounds inflicted upon them. With appropriate support, they have a chance to develop the understanding and abilities they will need in order to become stable and healthy.

Fall 2014

Building on Success
This year we celebrate our 37th year as the only full service domestic violence organization serving Santa Barbara County. Our first Emergency Shelter opened in 1997. Since then, we have established a comprehensive system of three emergency shelters, two transitional housing facilities and multiple support services throughout the county. We work with government, law enforcement, social service agencies and an extensive list of service partners that provide a systematic community-wide approach to domestic violence services.

Spring 2014

The DVS board and staff welcome Charles Anderson as our new Executive Director
We're looking ahead with optimism and excitement about what we can accomplish together.

Fall 2013

DVS Continues to Serve
Santa Barbara County

During 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, DVS

  • Served 200 Women & 184 Children
  • Provided 2,117 Crisis Calls
  • Responded to 442 Domestic Violence 911 calls
  • Reached 6,000 individuals in local schools and community organizations
  • Assisted 121 survivors establishing independent households

Spring 2013

Changing Futures,
One Family at a Time

While many challenges face our organization, all are met with willing spirits, knowing our efforts will make transformation possible in the lives of the families we serve.

Fall 2012

Change, Challenge, Solutions

Spring 2012

Men as Advocates, Men as Victims
The stigma and shame associated with this issue frequently inhibits victims from reporting the abuse by their wives or girlfriends.

Fall 2011

Awareness Averts Future Tragedy
It is clear that domestic violence can, and does, kill, as was so devastatingly clear to all of us recently.

Spring 2011

Increasing our Outreach Activities in the North County
So that every family caught in the cycle of violence will know that we can help.

Fall 2010

"Our Power is in our People"
DVS is so fortunate to have the very talented and dedicated personnel we rely on, year after year.

Spring 2010

"Accomplishments to Celebrate!"
At a time of deep financial uncertainty, we have managed not only to maintain, but to enhance our core programs.

November 2009

"Lifting Spirits, Building Lives Staying true to our mission: domestic violence prevention and intervention through the years."

October 2009

"A year of challenges and successes"

July 2008


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October 5th, 2014
7th Annual High Esteem Tea

Guest Speaker Jackson Katz, creator of Mentors in Violence Prevention, a gender violence prevention and education program, is featured in this video from the event.

Sept 12, 2014
Marsha Marcoe interview on KEYT

Marsha Marcoe, Associate Executive Director at DVS, speaks with KEYT's Alys Martinez about the epidemic of domestic violence in SB county.

NFL domestic violence sparks local conversation. Football season starts and domestic violence increases. DVS is prepared to handle it. Watch the video at KEYT.

October 30, 2013
News: DVS Receives Gift from Coastal Community Builders, Inc.

May 16, 2012
News: DVS Receives the Commission for Women Service Award for the First District

The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women established the Commission for Women Service Awards to recognize, honor and celebrate the achievements of the organizations that help shape Santa Barbara County, particularly those who advocate for women in need.

DVS Receives the Commission for Women Service Award for the First District

Pictured are: Marybeth Carty (Commissioner), Judy Egenolf (DVS Board Member), Marsha Marcoe (DVS Development Director), Melissa Walker (Commissioner), Salud Carbajal (Supervisor First District)

March 29, 2012
News: The City of Santa Barbara Awards DVS $32,000

According to Noozhawk, Dozens of community service agencies received funds from the City of Santa Barbara this week, but the application process is getting more competitive as available funding gets cut each year.

January 3, 2012
News: Santa Maria Rotary Donates to Help End Teen Violence

Santa Maria Rotary Donates to Help End Teen Violence Santa Maria Rotary Donates to Help End Teen Violence Watch the video on