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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 escalated stress and anxiety. Out of deep respect for the health of our employees and their families, our service deliveries have been altered slightly. In no way will our commitment to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse be minimized.

NEWS considers itself to be an “essential service” and we remain active and available to support those individuals and families suffering during this uncertain time.

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, visit us at or email us at

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 mucho estrés y ansiedad. Por un profundo respeto por la salud de nuestros empleados y sus familiares, nuestros servicios se verán ligeramente distintos. De ninguna manera se minimizará nuestro compromiso de proporcionar seguridad, esperanza, sanación y empoderamiento a los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual.

NEWS se considera un "servicio esencial" y permanecemos activos y disponibles para apoyar a las personas y familias que sufren durante este tiempo difícil.

Si usted, o alguien que conoce, necesita acceder a los servicios de NEWS en cualquier momento  llamen a nuestra línea de ayuda las 24 horas (707) 255-6397 para asistencia inmediata. Además, visítenos en o

Gracias por su comprensión y consideración.

Tracy Lamb, directora ejecutiva de NEWS

707-255-NEWS (6397)




Virginia Norton, First Director at NEWS, Dies

Virginia Norton


Virginia Estelle Norton was born in Meagher County, Montana, on July 14, 1938, to Alma Rankin and John E. Norton. She passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2014. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Robert Starr Northrop III. She is survived by her sons, Vince Stark and Frank Tibbens (his wife, Leah Tibbens); her step sons, Steve Wahl, Rick Protz (his wife, Glady Protz), Andy Protz and Rob Northrop (his wife, Laura Jane Northrop); her four grandchildren (Annie, Jane, Sloane and Frankie); and three great-grandchildren (Percy, Spencer and Rosie).

Virginia was an activist, and worked with tireless energy to improve the lives of women, children and families both in Napa and beyond. In the 1970s, she helped to lead Napa Freeze, a local peace group focusing on eliminating nuclear weapons and military proliferation. She was active in the valley’s feminist women’s community, supporting women candidates and various local and national social justice issues.

Virginia attended the Third International Women’s Year Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985. She worked with autistic children at Napa State Hospital, taught and trained teachers for Head Start, and taught assertive communication classes at Napa Valley College.

In 1981, Virginia was hired as the first director of Napa Emergency Women’s Services. Working with their board of directors and the community, she grew that agency toward the success that it is now. Later, she worked through NCCEO and Napa County Human Services to assist single mothers in increasing their self-sufficiency and gaining sustainable employment.

Virginia’s commitment to serving her community was accomplished with tireless energy, grace and joy. She loved life, family, friends, her community and social justice. She contributed a lasting legacy in each of those areas. She will be remembered and missed.

The family would like to say a special "thank you" to the dedicated and caring staff at The Meadows in Napa, Primrose in Santa Rosa and The Oaks in Petaluma for the many years of support and exemplary care that they gave to Virginia. We could not have done it without you, and we will forever be grateful for your caring ways, and for the support that you offered us.

No funeral services, but a celebration of Virginia’s life will be held in early spring.

(Reprinted from The Napa Valley Register)