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  • We answered over 4,000 calls to our 24-hour crisis line.
  • We supported 750 individuals with counselling sessions.
  • We provided 6,898 nights in our shelter to survivors seeking immediate safety.
  • We assisted 18 survivors transition into permanent safe housing.
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A Santa Barbara Countywide program that assists survivors of family violence and their companion animals!
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Domestic Violence Solutions proudly serves everyone regardless of race, religion, citizenship status, income, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

🏳️‍🌈 We welcome all survivors in the LGBTQ+ community and stand unified ensuring their growth and empowerment. We believe in equality and healthy love for all.

Click here for important guidelines to safely helping yourself or a loved one

Victims of domestic violence and their children may stay in one of our two confidential emergency shelters for up to 60 days, where they receive emotional support, food, clothing, goal planning assistance, advocacy for medical, legal and financial resources, information, and referrals. Residents additionally participate in counseling and support groups while living in the shelter.

DVS partners with C.A.R.E.4Paws through their Safe Haven program, which facilitates free, anonymous refuge for animals so that an owner can leave an abusive partner without fearing for the safety and well-being of a family pet. Learn more.

After staying at our Shelter, do you need help to prepare for successful housing in the community?

HOUSING SERVICES
Housing First

The DVS Housing First program offers temporary financial assistance, case management, career development, and financial literacy training, which prepares families to re-enter the housing market successfully.

Download the flyer in English and Spanish.

Victoria Apartments

In 2020, DVS converted its Second Stage facility to permanent project-based Section 8 housing for 15 domestic violence survivors and their families.

The facility is at full capacity. However, we encourage you to inquire about our waitlist, as openings may become available in the future.

Do you need help or answers RIGHT NOW?

Domestic Violence Solutions operates a 24-hour hotline that survivors can access throughout Santa Barbara County. Trained staff provides counseling, information, referrals, and access to immediate shelter. Staff also meets potential residents in-person to help formulate plans for safety and shelter.

Domestic Violence Solutions proudly serves everyone regardless of race, religion, citizenship status, income, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

🏳️‍🌈 We welcome all survivors in the LGBTQ+ community and stand unified ensuring their growth and empowerment. We believe in equality and healthy love for all.

Do you want to know how law enforcement teams up to support us and to help you?

Domestic Violence Solutions’ staff respond with law enforcement personnel on domestic violence 911 calls and provide victims with support, advocacy and access to safe, confidential shelter.

Do you need support like counseling, legal advice, personal empowerment, or job skills programs?

Our programs provide Crisis Counseling through our Client Advocates or referrals to another staff member for ongoing counseling and job/life skills.
Job & Life Skills Coordinating Program

Job and Life Skills Coordinating Program works one-on-one with both residential and non-residential clients. Coordinators offer the following services: Redesigning career to fit current needs, finding jobs, writing resumes, preparing interviews, building portfolios, rethinking priorities to match financial reality, setting realistic goals and expectations, and setting a plan to meet these goals.

To enroll, please contact our crisis/informational line (805) 964-5245, or feel free to email or call us directly:

  • Maria Jimenez, Job & Life Skills Coordinator, North County: [email protected], (805)741-4289
  • Betsy Phillips, Job & Life Skills Coordinator, South County: [email protected], (805)702-3010 
Domestic Violence Education Groups

Learn about various Intimate Partner Violence topics in a small group setting (via Zoom)!

Classes are FREE!

The groups run for 6 weeks and you can attend any or all of the classes – Our 2024 dates are set!

An administrative fee is only applied when your request a letter of completion.

  • $100 for group classes when a letter of completion is requested.
  • $130 for one-on-one classes when a letter of completion is requested.
  • $0 for the classes without a letter of completion.
Grupos educativos sobre violencia doméstica

¡Aprenda sobre varios temas de violencia de pareja en un grupo pequeño (a través de Zoom)!

¡Las clases son GRATIS!

Los grupos duran 6 semanas y puedes asistir a cualquiera o a todas las clases. ¡Nuestras fechas para 2024 están fijadas!

Solo se aplica una tarifa administrativa cuando solicita una carta de finalización.

  • $100 para clases grupales cuando se solicita una carta de finalización.
  • $130 para clases individuales cuando se solicita una carta de finalización.
  • $0 para las clases sin carta de finalización.
View the flyers (English/Spanish): flyers coming soon…

Select $100 Fee if you need a letter of completion after your group classes.

Select $130 Fee if you would like the one-on-one class AND a letter of completion.

Fees include cost of makeups for missed classes.

Curious about several other services in the community that could help you?

Need assistance for youth?

Visit YouthWell’s Youth & Family Mental Health & Wellness Directory for an extensive list of local resources!

Need assistance for youth?

Mi Vida Mi Voz provides important information for our community

The cycle of violence depicts a pattern often experienced in abusive relationships. The three phases repeat over and over. Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse in an intimate relationship that escalates over time. The cycle of violence is inter-generational. It not only repeats itself in an abusive relationship, it repeats itself by emerging in the relationships of people who experienced and witnessed violence in their homes growing up.

Privacy Policy

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County respects the privacy of our online and offline donors, clients, volunteers, and friends. As a result, we will not sell trade or share our donors’ contact information with anyone else at any time, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. DVS periodically communicates with donors and friends through enewsletters and other mailings. If you wish to be excluded from these communications, you may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, contact Domestic Violence Solutions at (805) 963-4458.

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