Mission: Domestic violence solutions of santa barbara county is dedicated to providing safe harbor to women and their children throughout santa barbara county.
Programs: Domestic violence solutions (dvs) is the county's only full-service domestic violence agency, committed to ending the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence through prevention and intervention services and through challenging society's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to effect social change. Dvs provides the county's only 24-hour shelter service for battered women and their children, as well as the county's only transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors. Dvs also operates four 24-hour hotlines; works to prevent domestic violence through teen outreach and education programs; and provides comprehensive residential counseling services to women and children affected by domestic violence. Dvs programs serve santa barbara, lompoc, and santa maria. During the year, the agency responded to over 4,000 domestic violence crisis and information calls and dvs shelter staff accompanied law enforcement officials on 459 emergency call interventions. Additionally, the agency provided emergency shelter services to 403 individuals for a total of 10,676 bed nights.
Since beginning of 2013 there has been a lack of oversight regarding condition of shelters and fair treatment of clientele.
Managing staff and clinical supervisor do not encourage trauma sensitivity.
Clinical supervisor is a poor communicator, does not support clinical staff or provide a learning experience for intern therapists. Professional principles of clinical supervision are disregarded.