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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, we will be altering our services slightly. For the time being, we will be pausing the ability to take walk-ins at our administrative office, and will be seeing clients by appointment only. 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 profundo respeto por nuestros empleados y sus familias, modificaremos ligeramente nuestros servicios. Por el momento, estaremos pausando la posibilidad de realizar visitas sin cita previa en nuestra oficina administrativa y veremos a los clientes solo con cita previa. 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)




How they knew


My husband of three years had been getting more and more verbally abusive, and I knew it wasn’t a healthy relationship -- but we had a new baby and for the sake of our little family I didn’t want to leave.  I kept hoping it would get better, and I believed him when he promised to change.  One day he pushed me into a wall in front of the baby.  As always, he said he was sorry and that he’d change and I wanted to believe he really meant it this time.  It wasn’t until he choked me (I thought he was going to kill me!) that I knew I had to get free of him.  Luckily, I was able to stay with my sister until I could save some money to get my own place.  I was embarrassed to tell her how bad things had gotten, but she was more understanding than I could have imagined.  I now have my own place and don’t know how I could have waited so long to make this decision.  It wasn’t easy at first, but things are so much better now.


I came to NEWS three times before I finally knew it was the last time, and I was ready to be done with him for good.  Each time I got to the point where I couldn’t take any more I’d leave for a time -- but then I’d miss him and I’d start to minimize how bad it really was, and he was always so good to me after an episode (I learned that this is actually called “the honeymoon phase” of the cycle of violence).   Now it all seems so clear, but when I was in the middle of it I just couldn’t see it.  My job didn’t pay enough for childcare, and my abuser wasn’t helping financially.  I’d start to think that it was better to be beaten up every once in a while than to have no money to eat.  My NEWS case managers helped me find ways to get financial support, and the support groups were great.  It was good to have other women who were going through the same thing to help me stay strong.  It was a lot like breaking free from an addiction, but I’ve been away from him now for two years and life is pretty good.  I have my own place and now I have my self back.  Looking back I can’t believe I was willing to give that up.  It is the most important thing I own!


The neighbors called the police and I was embarrassed and mad!  They arrested my boyfriend because there was a mark on my arm from where he had grabbed me and also he had pulled out a chunk of my hair.  I didn’t want them to take him away.  I was scared to death of being on my own, and if he was mean before, he was really going to be mean now.  I talked to the NEWS counselor and she was so nice.  She didn’t sound like she was judging me or telling me what to do.  She understood my feelings and mostly listened.  When she asked me how long it had been going on, I realized it had been way too long.  While he was away, I had time to really think about the life I was living.  I thought, “is this how I want to spend the rest of my life?”  I got some good counseling and lots of support and eventually realized that those neighbors probably saved my life.  My restraining order is still in place and though sometimes I’m still afraid he’ll try to hurt me, I feel much safer now than I did when he was living in the same house.