2004, Tahoe Women's Services Provided...
crisis intervention and additional services to domestic violence
and sexual assault victims and others in crisis. Violence prevention
education was provided to nearly 8,000 community members, including
6,507 students in local schools. Self-defense was taught to
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Intervention Services
services are available in English and Spanish)
24-Hour Community Help-Line:
help line offers immediate support from staff and trained volunteers.
Since Tahoe Women's Services has the ONLY 24-Hour Community Help
Line in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region, we receive a wide range
of crisis calls including: domestic violence, sexual assault, child
abuse, suicide and depression. Help line volunteers receive an intensive
60-hour crisis intervention training, a volunteer manual and monthly
in-service trainings. Our Volunteer Coordinator also provides support
and follow-up with all Help Line volunteers. Click here
to go to Help Line phone numbers...
Individual and Support Group Counseling:
is available to women who are victims and survivors of domestic
violence. A licensed therapist supervises counseling interns who
provide therapeutic counseling for both women and children. We also
conduct regularly scheduled support groups in both English and Spanish.
are 3 walk-in business offices available for victims of domestic
violence and sexual assault. The TWS administrative office is located
in Kings Beach, and we have offices in Incline Village and Truckee
which are open during business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday. There is always a trained staff member or volunteer
available to assist in a crisis situation.
Immediate Temporary Emergency Sheltering:
is available for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in
our Mountain Rose Safe House. This 60-day residency program provides
intensive counseling and support for women and their children. The
shelter serves as a safe respite for victims who are fleeing a violent
situation and offers empowerment to victims while allowing them
time to make long term decisions.
are able to provide limited emergency services such as food, energy
assistance, clothing, transportation, housing, and gas vouchers
to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
Women's Services staff and volunteers are available on a 24-hour
basis to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault calls.
We will meet victims at the local hospital, Sheriff's station or
other public location and support them through any investigation
or medical exams. We will also travel to Reno, NV or Auburn, CA
with victims if needed.
Accompaniment and Advocacy:
provides this important service on a 24-hour basis, which includes
hospital, court and other accompaniment services. Staff will also
work on behalf of clients with other agencies in order to access
Women's Services offers monthly legal clinics. This clinic is provided
by local Family Law Attorneys who volunteer their time to assist
our clients with legal questions and encourages other local attorneys
to get involved with our new legal program. Our Paralegal offers
assistance with the preparation of family law documents and is directly
supervised by an Attorney.
Temporary Restraining/Protection Orders:
are offered to domestic violence victims at no cost. Assistance
with the paperwork and filing is offered at the Tahoe Women's Services
offices. Our Paralegal offers further assistance to victims in need
of more complicated legal resolutions. Victims also receive peer
counseling and educational resources provided by staff members to
help them through this difficult process.
Women's Services Kids Time Program provides a safe place for children
who have come from violent homes, are the children of clients we
serve, and are current or past shelter residents. The weekly program
includes two hours of age appropriate interactive play, activities,
and field trips. This provides the children with an opportunity
to build self-esteem and gain trusting relationships with adults,
while allowing them to feel safe. All volunteers who participate
in Kids Time must complete at least 6 hours of training on a quarterly
basis. This training includes the basics of domestic violence and
child abuse, information on car seats and transporting children
and general child safety, working with "special needs"
children, mandated reporting laws and positive disciplinary techniques.
The rules of Kids Time, which are communicated to all children participating,
include the following: Keep Hands to Self, Listen, No Put-Downs,
Women's Services Prevention Program provides age-appropriate prevention
information on domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment,
dating violence and child abuse to teens and children in local schools,
resort employees and community groups throughout the North Lake
Tahoe/Truckee area. Support groups are also held at local schools
for grade levels 6-12 to provide on-going support and information.
Our prevention curriculum is approved by the County School District
and is presented in both English and Spanish. Tahoe Womenıs Services
also provides self-defense classes to children and adult women.
Information and Referral:
Women's Services continually updates information on local, statewide,
and regional resources available to domestic violence and sexual
assault victims and to the general public. We answer calls for information
and referral and distribute a brochure with relevant listings. We
have also been instrumental in developing a community wide resource
guide. We have gathered over 500 books, videos and other resources,
which are relevant to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
These resources are available for people to read in our office or
to check out and take home.
Education is offered by staff and volunteers to social service agencies,
businesses, community organizations and the general public on topics
related to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Through
our "Safe Place" campaign we also distribute posters and
Safe Haven stickers. We also meet regularly with businesses to promote
awareness about domestic violence related to the workplace.
Mt. Rose Safe House Program:
women and children fleeing violent environments may remain in the
Safe House for 60 days. During the course of their stay, women are
immersed in a network of support, which consists of counseling,
parenting classes, support groups, and education covering the dynamics
of domestic violence. Since domestic violence is a learned behavior,
we also strive to work with children of all ages to provide them
with the opportunity to unlearn any unhealthy behaviors. Children
participate in individual counseling, and support groups that are
tailored specifically to meet their individual needs and help them
learn positive and healthy responses.