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 at our administrative office, and will be serving 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 un profundo respeto por nuestros empleados y sus familias, por el momento, suspenderemos la capacidad de recibir visitas sin cita previa en nuestra oficina administrativa y atenderemos 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)




April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Each April, Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS), a program of Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS), recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s motto is: “It’s time ... to talk about it! Talk early, talk often. Prevent sexual violence.”

We ask all of Napa County to join the conversation — focus on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention and start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

Not easy topics to discuss, but national statistics indicate that

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.

Confronting child abuse must be a priority when the reality is that as many as 1 in 6 boys and

1 in 3 girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18.

Most abusers are adults and

93 percent of survivors know their abusers, who, in many cases, are family members. Less than

20 percent will ever tell anyone that it happened. In 2012, SAVS provided services for almost 300 survivors throughout Napa County — 147 under age 18.

Please help us end sexual violence toward our children and our adults:

• Get the facts. Sexual assault is a crime of control, not passion.

• Voice the truth. It is never OK for someone to force sex.

• Confront “rape myths.” Openly disagree with victim-blaming.

• Volunteer. Take the NEWS training to become a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor.

Join our Coaches Campaign. If you are a coach of any sport, join coaches throughout Napa County who have taken a stand against sexual assault by signing a pledge saying they have zero tolerance for any form of sexual abuse. NEWS believes that the majority of coaches are trusted adults who share our concern for the protection of children and young adults and they support, mentor, and serve as good role models for their youth.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the pledge, call 707-252-3687 and ask to speak with any SAVS staff member.

Begin this April, and make all year long “the time ... to talk about it.”

Other Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events:

April 9th Clothesline Project at Napa Valley College 9:30am-1:30pm
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

April 24th Denim Day Event at Pacific Union College 10:30am-1:30pm
In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. The Judge argues, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them,” concluding “it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Wearing jeans is a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault.