In accordance with the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (426 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.), NEWS does not mandate participation in supportive services as a condition of shelter residency or emergency services. Therefore, NEWS services are completely voluntary and require the consent of an individual in order to provide services.
The NEWS Safe House is a safe, confidential house located in a residential neighborhood. It is a real home with a beautiful kitchen, private bedrooms and bathrooms, indoor and outdoor play areas for children, and a cozy family room where clients can relax or hold family meetings. NEWS staff is there around the clock to work with clients on individualized plans to find resources for a future free of violence.
24-hour Help Line confidential support is provided by a trained domestic violence counselor in either English or Spanish at 707-255-NEWS (6397). Anyone is welcome to call us to talk about any experiences or concerns regarding abusive relationships.
Counseling Services are provided by an intern therapist under supervision of a licensed therapist, and are available in English and Spanish for uninsured victims of domestic violence through the “Bridges” Program (in collaboration with Family Services of the Napa Valley). Clients are referred by NEWS staff for short-term, one-on-one, professional counseling.
“Seeking Safety” group counseling for women is available at no cost at several confidential locations throughout the community in both English and Spanish. These sessions are strengths-based and focused on creating healthy coping skills.
Adults are not the only victims of Domestic Violence: NEWS’ Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence Services (KEDS) addresses the needs of the children of Domestic Violence survivors. Our Children’s Advocates provide support, care and fun activities for children while they are in our shelter or at the NEWS office. The advocates are also available to talk with victims of domestic violence about their concerns over what their children may have seen, heard or been exposed to in the home and how it is affecting them. There are many helpful services and activities for children and parents available in our community. The Children’s Advocates help connect families with those activities that fit their needs and preferences. The ultimate goal of the KEDS Program is to help children and families heal from their exposure to domestic violence and to prevent future violence in the lives of children. We believe that with early intervention and support, a brighter, violence-free future is possible for every child.
The Court Advocacy Program provides help with the process of filing for protective orders and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. The Court Advocate will work together with clients to find resources pertaining to child custody, visitation, and other civil issues related to abuse.
The Domestic Violence Response Team Program utilizes a team of trained domestic violence counselor volunteers to respond immediately to victims of domestic violence at the request of law enforcement. They either go directly to the scene of an incident or to a designated safe location. The counselors provide emotional support, information, safety planning, and resources. They work with each client to develop a plan for follow-up services.
The Transitional Housing Program assists clients in finding safe, affordable housing. Continued supportive services are also a part of this program. These services can last for up to two years. Many NEWS clients who find shelter in the Safe House, transition into apartments of their own.
Launched in April 2017, NEWS About Sports is an educational program for youth, parents and coaches that promotes healthy, safe, positive and fun experiences while participating in organized sports in Napa County. When playing and competing in sports, children and young adults can learn important values and skills. Organized sports have the opportunity to educate participants about sexual violence and change cultural norms. NEWS About Sports will collaborate with leaders in our sports community, including administrators, coaches, and team captains, to educate young people about gender equality and healthy, respectful relationships
The Survivor Pet Outreach Team (SPOT) is a program of NEWS which matches the pets of women entering the NEWS emergency shelter with a foster caregiver who will take care of the animal while the woman receives care and counseling at the shelter. This is made possible through a partnership with Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. Often women will choose to stay with their abuser instead of seeking shelter because they are afraid that their beloved pet will be harmed or neglected. SPOT provides a safe home for the pet with a caring trained volunteer. Once the survivor is ready to live on her own, the pet will be returned, safe and sound.
The NEWS Volunteer Program provides one or two 65-hour training sessions per year, free of cost, for those interested in becoming Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselors. Volunteer opportunities include becoming a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) and Sexual Assault response team (SART), helping provide court advocacy services, and working at the safe house on the 24-hour Help line.
There are many other ways volunteers can help NEWS: assisting at special events, fundraising, supporting outreach and education programs, connecting NEWS to service organizations, or serving on our board of directors. Please contact us for more information at 707-252-3687.
Outreach and Education is an important part of ending domestic violence in our community. NEWS provides domestic violence prevention and education programs to schools, underserved populations, employers, social service organizations, and the general public in an effort to help the community identify and understand the dynamics of domestic violence, and where to get help if they need it.
NEWS does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment.
Client Non-Discrimination Clause: All individuals will receive services without discrimination of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, age, pregnancy, marital status, or national origin. To receive services in an environment which is safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, protected by confidentiality and to have access to written information about oneself. To receive information about mental health services and other social services. This organization will comply with all applicable federal and state laws designed to assure non-discrimination for these services.
The 3 Rs of NEWS: Refuge, Recovery, Renewal