Getting help when you are in an abusive relationship or after you have been sexually assaulted is not easy. WCS~DdM wants to be there for survivors who are ready to seek help. Calling our 24-hour crisis line will put clients immediately in touch with an Advocate, who will provide:
Callers will be assessed for emergency shelter, if appropriate, and for other services, such as assistance with restraining orders or peer counseling sessions. Advocates also work collaboratively with law enforcement, hospital staff and the District Attorney’s Office to help sexual assault survivors to understand their options and to navigate the criminal justice system.
- Crisis counseling, including one-on-one sessions
- Referrals and information about domestic violence or sexual assault
- Assist the caller in developing a safety plan
- Provide emergency response for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault
- Accompaniment to an evidence examination if appropriate
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call our Watsonville Office at (831) 722-4532 or our Santa Cruz Office at (831) 425-4030.
All WCS~DdM Advocates are state-certified Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Peer Counselors.
Drop-in support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors are held weekly, with concurrent groups for children and teens.
Spanish Group: 220 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville; Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
English Group: 1685 Commercial Way, Suite A, Santa Cruz; Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Legal information and assistance with completing restraining order applications is available by appointment and/or referral.