DVSAC is committed to educating western Nevada County and preventing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Topics, especially for youth, emphasize healthy relationships, non-violent communication, and how to identify abusive behavior. We bring our education & prevention materials into the schools, and also to groups and organizations throughout the community.
DVSAC is bringing Green Dot, a bystander intervention program, to Nevada County, where we teach students and community members how to safely promote intolerance for violence in our society. Green Dot is an organization built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. We believe current research across disciplines, in combination with lessons learned from history, provides nearly all of the necessary puzzle pieces to create a successful model of violence prevention. Given this foundation of knowledge, we believe any group, committed to equipping themselves with the necessary skills and willing to let go of historically ineffective approaches, has the capacity to implement a successful violence prevention strategy. Though the primary mission of Green Dot is the reduction of power-based personal violence, we also recognize the inextricable link between effective prevention and effective intervention. As such, Green Dot, etc. includes, within its mission, the strengthening of intervention services and strategies across forms of violence.
-Healthy Relationships Presentations
Presentations on healthy and unhealthy characteristics of relationships, types of abuse, warning signs of abuse, consent and local resources presented by DVSAC staff using the evidence based interactive DVD curriculum.
-Children’s Art Circle
This is a safe space where art is used as a healing tool to help children who have experienced trauma express themselves, explore their feelings and create.
The group is for ages 5-12 and held at the DVSAC office every Monday 3:30-4:30pm.
Please call the office in advance. Ask for Nancy Z. 272-2046
-Crisis Counseling in Schools
DVSAC staff are available for one on one meetings with students needing crisis counseling around Dating Violence and Sexual Assault.
Call DVSAC crisis line (530) 272-3467 to request for a DVSAC Advocate to respond to a school for crisis counseling with a student.
-Community Education and Outreach
- Self defense classes
- Informational booths at fairs and other events
- In-Services at other agencies and businesses
- Presentations to businesses and service groups on topics such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, bystander engagement and Healthy Relationships.
-Girls Circle and The Council
(Suspended until we can secure more funding)
Structured support groups for girls/young women and boys/young men in middle school and high school ages 9—18 years
- Groups are offered at Western Nevada County middle schools and high schools
- Groups meet 1 time a week at school for 1 –1.5hrs (or a class period)
- Groups are made up of 6 to 10 students of similar age and same gender
- Topics include: Communication techniques, body and image, healthy relationships, healthy coping strategies, self-care,
Students are referred by school counselors, teachers or by parent request. Groups meet with a trained facilitator for ten weeks.