If you or someone you know has been a victim of Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse, please contact our NEWS team. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide resources and support. Please call our Help Line, (707) 255-NEWS, or contact us online HERE.
You can remain anonymous, or you can come see us in person from 8 to 5 M-F at our business office, 1141 Pear Tree Lane, Suite 220, in Napa. All services are free and confidential. We won’t judge or tell you what to do. We can be a sounding board for you and can offer you information and resources.
NEWS services are available to everyone, regardless of immigration status.
Note: stock photos are used and minor details edited to protect the survivor's anonymity
“They are like angels. They have given me so much. I don’t know what I would do without them.”
“I have 3 children. I was connected to NEWS after my abuser got arrested. At the time, I wasn’t employed. My partner had not been paying the rent, so after a few months we got evicted. My kids and I went to NEWS for help and started living at the shelter. While we were there they helped me find a job, then the housing team helped me find a house that would be big enough for my family. They had a special landlord that they worked with that was committed to supporting families in need. Helen helped me to fill out the applications and Michelle took me to look at the house. I couldn’t believe it when they actually helped me move my things, and provided me with rental assistance money. They also helped to pay my bills for a few months until I could do it myself.”
(Woman, American Canyon, Self Sufficiency & Housing Program)
“Child Welfare Services had my kids on Mother’s Day”
“I came here because they took my kids away. They said it was an ‘Unhealthy Environment.’ It was. My husband would hit me in front of the kids. I knew that wasn’t right, but I didn’t know what to do. I had to call the police one time, and that’s when they took my kids away. I knew I had to leave. I went to live at the NEWS shelter so I could work on getting my kids back. I was not looking forward to Mother’s Day. I knew I would cry and wanted to stay in my room. The case managers and other kids in the shelter made all of us a lovely breakfast, so I went downstairs. I did end up crying, but because the staff had a beautiful gift bag for me. They knew I would be missing my kids.”
(Mom, Napa, Shelter Program)
“It is important to speak up when I see something wrong.”
“The same week that Coach Bailie from NEWS covered the topic of Street Harassment, my college soccer team were out on the bike path along the river. Two men began cat calling and yelling to us. Some girls on the team started to feel uncomfortable. I thought ‘What would Coach Bailie do?’ and remembered the conversation we had about Street Harassment: Don’t blame yourself. Ignoring it normalizes the behavior. Be firm. Don’t engage. Keep moving. Step up! We shouted back to the men, “That’s not cool! Don’t talk to us like that!” and kept on running. We felt empowered.”
(College Student, Age 18, Napa, NEWS About Sports Program)
“I thought I was going to have to leave Napa”
“I almost lost my housing voucher from the County. My kids’ mom was using drugs again and was very abusive. The neighbors had complained so many times that our landlord evicted us. She was arrested, and I got full custody of the kids. My credit was shot. I couldn’t find a place for us to live. NEWS helped save my voucher, got my kids into therapy, and me into parenting classes. They also helped me fix my credit so I could find an apartment.”
(Father, Napa, Self-Sustainability & Housing Program)
“I needed a restraining order”
“The hearing was set. My Ex had an attorney. Nancy at NEWS helped me file the paperwork. There were multiple continuances because of his attorney. Nancy walked me through court prep and I was ready. I felt prepared. The abuse had not been recent, so the order was only for three months. I understood that, but I didn’t understand why my son was not included in the order. Once Nancy explained the judge’s reasoning to me it made sense. I am so thankful for the help that I received.”
(Woman, Napa, Court Advocacy Program)
“I want to be a superhero so I can help my mom”
“My birthday was last week. I thought that nobody had remembered because my mom has been really sad and not talking much and having a lot of meetings with people. We went to support group last night. I couldn’t believe it when they took me into a room where there was a shelf full of toys and I was able to pick any toy that I wanted. I got some Legos. I had to leave all of my other Legos at the house where my dad lives. They also had a birthday cake decorated like Ironman from my favorite movie. I want to be a super hero so I can help my mom.”
(Boy, age 8, Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence-KEDS program)