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Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors including physical, sexual, and emotional attacks – in addition to economic coercion – where one relationship partner gains power and control over another. Survivors of domestic violence often find themselves in confusing legal proceedings and complicated social service systems. CCS Domestic Violence Victim Advocates help survivors navigate these systems and make informed decisions. Domestic Violence Victim Advocates provide information, support, and referrals to other resources. All services are free and confidential.

Intervention and Counseling Services

• 24-hour hotline for immediate and confidential phone counseling
• Individual, family, couple, and group counseling for survivors 
• Client-centered

Case Management

Advocates provide emotional support and help the victim make informed decisions

• Trained Domestic Violence Victim Counselor 
• Supportive non-judgmental presence 
• Provides connection to CCS Legal Services for restraining order consultations 

Family Court System Accompaniment

Survivors can choose to have advocates attend the following events with them:

• Restraining Order hearings 
• Family Court hearings
• Law Enforcement and Child Welfare Services meetings/interviews

Information and Referrals

Advocates empower victims by helping them make informed choices

• Guide to the Family Court system 
• Linkages to programs that address essential needs 
• Help completing complex paperwork

To request advocacy services or to make a referral:

Please call the East County Office at 619-697-7477 and ask to speak to the Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Manager. All services are free and confidential.