SAFETY ALERT: Computer use is traceable and Internet activities can never be fully erased from your hard drive. If you think your computer use might be monitored please find a safer place to surf the web, like at a friend's house or the public library. Or call the 24 hour domestic violence hotline at (707) 255-NEWS (6397) if you are in Napa County or (800) 799-7233 if you are outside of Napa County. If you are viewing our site and need to get away quickly to an unrelated site, click the red ESCAPE button in the upper right corner and you will be redirected. Please test this feature on your computer RIGHT NOW to ensure you are comfortable using it.

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ALERTA DE SEGURIDAD: El uso de una computadora puede ser identificado y actividades en la internet nunca pueden ser totalmente eliminadas del disco duro. Si piensas que tu uso de computadora posiblemente esta siendo monitoriado favor de encontrar un  lugar seguro donde puedas navegar la red social, por ejemplo la casa de una amistad confiable o la biblioteca publica. O llama a nuestra  linea de Violencia Domestica disponible las 24 horas al 707-255-NEWS (6397) si te encuentras en el Valle de Napa, o a este (800) 799-7233 si te encuentras fuera del Condado de Napa. Si estas visitando nuestra pagina y necesitas salirte rapidamente a una pagina no relacionada, oprime el boton rojo de ESCAPE arriba en la esquina de la mano derecha y seras desviado/a. Favor de probar este función en su computadara AHORA MISMO para asegurarse que se sienta comodo/a usando esta función.

Los servicios de NEWS están disponibles para todos, independientemente del estatus migratorio.

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NEWS is here to help!

NEWS is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, especially during this time of unprecedented transitions and health concerns. Out of deep respect for our employees and their families, for the time being, we will be pausing the ability to take walk-ins or appointments  at our administrative office, and will be serving clients by phone, video calls, and virtual meetings. In no way will our commitment to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse be minimized.

The NEWS Emergency Shelter programs remain operational 24-hours a day, and we continue to provide safe housing, emergency counseling, and emergency needs to victims escaping violence.

If you, or anyone you know, needs to access NEWS services at any time, please have them call our 24-hour help line (707) 255-6397 for immediate assistance. Also, you may continue on to our website or email us.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration,

Tracy Lamb
Executive Director

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Los servicios de NEWS están disponibles para todos, independientemente del estatus migratorio

¡NEWS está aquí para ayudar!

NEWS se compromete a apoyar a las víctimas de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual, especialmente durante este tiempo de transiciones sin precedentes y preocupaciones de salud. Por un profundo respeto a nuestros empleados y sus familias, por el momento suspenderemos la capacidad de realizar visitas con citas o sin citas en nuestra oficina administrativa. Por el momento, tenderemos a los clientes por teléfono, video llamadas y citas virtuales. De ninguna manera se minimizará nuestro compromiso de brindar seguridad, esperanza, sanación y empoderamiento a las sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual.

Los programas de Refugio de Emergencia de NEWS permanecen operativos las 24 horas del día, y continuamos brindando vivienda segura, consejería de emergencia y necesidades de emergencia a las víctimas que escapan de la violencia.

Si usted, o alguien que conoce, necesita acceder a los servicios de NEWS en cualquier momento, pídales que llamen a nuestra línea de ayuda las 24 horas (707) 255-6397 para obtener asistencia inmediata. Además, puede continuar en nuestro sitio web o enviarnos un correo electrónico.

Gracias por su comprensión y consideración.

Tracy Lamb, directora ejecutiva de NEWS

707-255-NEWS (6397)




NEWS Honors 40 for 40

The annual NEWS Peace Awards have gone virtual this year... with the number of honorees we are celebrating matching the number of years NEWS is celebrating for our 40th anniversary! The NEWS Peace Awards acknowledge the strength and worth of exceptional people guiding our community in Napa County who change the lives of families and youth for the better. 

The NEWS Peace Awards are sponsored by a generous donation from The Doctors Company.

Certificates of Special Recognition will be presented to the honorees.

An integral part of NEWS' mission is to work toward changing the aspects of our culture that perpetuate domestic and sexual violence. Therefore, NEWS honors those who present positive role models for our children, youth and community by publicly recognizing their outstanding contribution. By acknowledging their accomplishments in teaching respect, non-violence and positive family values, we hope to inspire our community to do more to prevent the epidemic of family violence.

Awards are given to these community members in several categories:


Doug Ernst was the first male NEWS board member and served on the board for 23 years until his passing in 2018. Doug attended every NEWS event that he could and was a dedicated advocate for our survivors and the rights of women, as well as supporting men to be peaceful.

Michael Loghran was a dedicated law enforcement official who served as Napa County Undersheriff for many years. Mike served on the NEWS Board of Directors and recognized the importance of respectful collaboration between NEWS and our law enforcement partners. He was a gentle giant and is greatly missed.

Bill Hernandez is the Napa Police Department Domestic Violence Detective and has worked closely with NEWS for many years to make sure that every victim of domestic violence gets the services they need for themselves and especially for their children. Bill has been key to bringing the Monarch Justice Center to Napa.

Hope Lugo was a founding member of the NEWS Community Advisory Committee back in 1981 when NEWS was formed. To this day Hope is a supporter for NEWS and we are proud to have Hope’s daughter, Helen, as the program manager of our Housing and Sustainability program.

Sandra Re Sims NEWS Board President and past recipient of Congressman Mike Thompson’s Napa County Person of the Year Award also serves on the board of directors of Aldea and previously on the Leadership Napa Valley board. Sandy has put her heart and soul into ensuring that NEWS has sound oversight, and that the staff is recognized for their hard work.

Connie Battisti – Connie Battisti stepped off of the NEWS Board to become its Interim Director, at a time when NEWS was in jeopardy of losing its main funding source. Her obligation went from three weeks, to three months, to three years. In that time she rebuilt the board, solidified funding, and built partnerships in the community that are lasting today.

Gail O’Kelley – Gail O’Kelley helped to write the first grant and obtain the first shelter for NEWS. She was a driving force in ensuring that survivors of domestic violence had a safe place to go when they had been victimized. Gail had a 30+ year career in the field of victim advocacy, and the ground work she laid was the founding of many of the victim service organization that exist in Napa County today.

Sally Burhnam – Sally generously supported NEWS over many years until her recent passing. She was motivated by the death of her friend and coworker, Rosa, who was murdered by her husband. Sally was an advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.



Roxana Plancarte, MSW School Social Worker NVUSD Wellness Program

Vanessa Rubio, Napa County Office of Education Mariposa Program Manager

Danielle Swafford, MSW NVUSD School Social Worker & Foster Youth Liaison

Heidi Brown, Therapeutic Children Center Public Health

Alexis Barragan, Student Advocate for Youth Empowerment

Natalia Cabello-Mendoza, Student/Mariposa Girls



Jesus Martinez, Napa Police Department

Melissa Brown, St. Helena Police Dept.

Samantha Arlen, Calistoga Police Department

Cecil Brown, Napa Sheriff Department

Jason Barrera, Napa Police Department

Brandt Keown, Detective Napa Police Dept.

Sharon Fong, Napa DA Investigator

Brandon Gardner, Napa Police Department, Homeless Outreach

Oscar Ortiz, Interim Sheriff

Amanda Greene, Police Officer, Calistoga PD



Blanca Huijon, Executive Director Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center

Bertha Saldivar Feliz, Office Assistant Mental Health Access, Ole Health

Denise Layton, Marriage and Family Therapist

Darice Dekker, Marriage and Family Therapist

Beverly Foo Colon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Nancy Bocanegra, Licensed Clinical Social Work

Sharon DeMarco, Napa Courage Center

Liza Loofbourrow, Marriage and Family Therapist

Jeanna Coursey, NEWS Volunteer

Maricela Pelayo, Abode Services

Tom Webber, Rotary Club

Sabrina Daniels, City of Napa, Housing Authority

Fay Hartje, Victim Advocate, Napa County District Attorney’s Office

Stephanie Duff-Ericksen, Soroptimist International of Calistoga

Betty Figueiras-Davidson – Mental Health Advocate

Amanda Jones, Napa County Mental Health