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Rebuilding Lives

With a focus on rebuilding lives, STAND! provides a wide range of services that help victims and their families break the cycles of family violence they have experienced. Programs for victims help them heal the damage caused by abuse and create new lives for themselves and their families. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) survivors of violence, as well as deaf survivors, immigrants, and other underserved communities often fear reaching out for help.  The layers of oppression, discrimination and objectification complicate the healing of many survivors. We are responsive to the needs of minority communities by providing culturally competent services through self-determination in a safe and non-judgmental environment. 

In addition, programs for abusers confront them with their destructive behavior and help them learn to change.

STAND!'s programs include the integration of the best available therapy research with the best available clinical expertise in the context of client needs and well-being. See Best Practices.

Peer Advocacy

Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other.  Peer counselors share their unique abilities and skills as paraprofessionals.

During 2012-2013. STAND!'s clinical programs served 603 individuals. These services included Therapeutic Behavioral Services provided to 13 children with severe emotional problems linked to family violence, clinical treatment for over 140 individuals who batter, and parenting and relationship education for 138 detention facility inmates prior to their release when they will have increased contact with their families again. These services have a profound effect on the emotional and mental wellbeing of our clients.

County-wide Support Groups

Tailored to individual client's needs, meeting topics include self-esteem, domestic violence dynamics, boundaries and limit setting, assertiveness training, safety planning, and other relevant and requested topics. 

Counselors encourage clients in a group setting to share their experiences in relation to domestic violence. The facilitator guides the group but allows the members to make their own contributions and learn from the experience of others.  For more information contact the Crisis/Help Line at 1.888.215.5555.

During 2012-2013 counselors facilitated 272 suppport group sessions throughout Contra Costa County.

The Rollie Mullen Transitional Housing

Accommodating up to 9 families and 4 single women at the Rollie Mullen Center, this program includes on-site peer counseling, comprehensive case management, support groups, children's programming, and recreational activities for the family, as well as ongoing workshops on a range of topics relating to financial, parental, and life skills, for up to 2 years.

During 2012-2013, STAND! served 37 clients in our Transitional Housing program (including children).

Vocational Services

Caseworkers and volunteers work with clients on individualized self-sufficiency plans to facilitate (re)entry into the work force through skill building training workshops and classes, providing job readiness training and job development.

Advocates collated throughout the county

Located in EHSD offices in East, West, and Central County; the Richmond Police Department; Pittsburg Health Clinic; Rainbow Community Center; and the Monument Corridor, Liaisons provide on-site services to domestic violence victims and their children as they work with legal, health, and human services agencies.

During 2012-2013, 527 clients received referrals and services from our Domestic Violence Liaisons, stationed at CalWORKS offices and at other social service agencies throughout the county.

Court Accompaniment, Temporary Restraining Orders, Legal Advocacy

Assists clients with navigating the legal system, including help filing applications for Temporary Restraining Orders (in conjunction with Bay Area Legal Aid), court accompaniment services, and follow-up with the police and the District Attorney regarding the filing of charges and the progress of a case through the court.

Individual and Group Counseling

With services in English or Spanish, counseling allows adult victims of violence to address their past experience and/or continuing violence, and learn to mitigate the effects and occurrence of violence in the future.

Domestic Violence Treatment Program

Court-mandated 52-week classes with individual assessment and evaluation, which aims to teach perpetrators to recognize their feelings and refocus their need for power and control in a constructive, nonviolent manner.

Child Assessment and Treatment Services

Supervised clinical staff provides intensive therapeutic services to child victims of abuse. Children who witness or are the focus of abuse must work through feelings and behaviors they don't yet understand. By utilizing play therapy, and other age-appropriate therapeutic methods, our staff validates these children's experiences and helps them learn to understand their own feelings. Additionally, a free, on-site program at the Rollie Mullen Center offers children who have witnessed domestic violence and/or abuse a stable daily environment with caring professional staff and conjunctive therapeutic treatment.

Clinical Parenting

Works with parents in (or having recently completed) a drug treatment program as well as with parents whose children have been referred by a therapist or school to our Mentor Program. The program teaches parents to recognize their children’s emotional needs as well as build the parenting skills necessary to nurture, support, and effectively discipline their children.  It also provides parents with support during the process.

Strengths-based Family Case Management

The Strengths-based Approach provides individuals and families with services as seen through the light of their capacities, talents, competencies, possibilities, visions, values and hopes, even when impacted by circumstance, oppression and trauma. STAND!'s strengths-based approach offers a wide range of philosophical and practical assistance in learning to value and activate strengths in clients. This perspective allows practitioners to regard each client, and his/her family and community, not only as a person in need of support, guidance and opportunity, but also as possessing personal resources which must be mobilized to successfully resolve abuse and circumstances.