ACCEPTING DONATIONSIt takes a community to stop violence against women! Women’s Crisis Support ~ Defensa de Mujeres is committed to being there when women reach out for help, and that’s where you come in. To find out how you can help, visit our Donations page or donate today by clicking below.
|NEWS & RESOURCES|
Calling our 24-hour crisis line puts clients immediately in touch with an Advocate, who will provide crisis counseling, referrals and information about domestic violence or sexual assault, and assist the caller in developing a safety plan. Advocates may also provide emergency response for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Click on the link to learn more about our Crisis Intervention program and our Support Groups and Legal Assistance.
Children & Youth
The Children and Youth Program provides services that give children and youth the opportunity to unlearn attitudes and behaviors that could otherwise cause them to perpetuate the cycle of violence in their adult relationships. Individual counseling sessions are available by appointment in order to help children and teens understand that domestic violence is not their fault and to teach them alternative coping skills.
The Women’s Crisis Support~Defensa de Mujeres emergency shelter, the Mariposa House, has been providing shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault since 1977. Clients needing safe shelter will be referred for shelter screening after their initial crisis intervention contact
Women’s Crisis Support ~ Defensa de Mujeres provides educational presentations to schools, colleges, community organizations and service providers in Santa Cruz County. Presentations provide information about domestic violence and sexual assault, and about WCS~DdM services.