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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Change, Challenge, Solutions
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.
Awareness Averts Future Tragedy
It is clear that domestic violence can, and does, kill, as was so devastatingly
clear to all of us recently.
Increasing our Outreach Activities in the North County
So that every family caught in the cycle of violence will know that we can help.
"Our Power is in our People"
DVS is so fortunate to have the very talented and dedicated personnel we rely on,
year after year.
"Accomplishments to Celebrate!"
At a time of deep financial uncertainty, we have managed not only to maintain, but
to enhance our core programs.
"Lifting Spirits, Building Lives Staying true to our mission: domestic violence
prevention and intervention through the years."
"A year of challenges and successes"