Domestic Violence Services

SOJOURN

Serving Adult and Child Victims of Domestic Violence 

If you need immediate assistance, please dial (310) 264-6644.

Founded in 1977, OPCC's Sojourn was the second domestic violence shelter to open in California. With a full range of services designed to provide safety, stability, ongoing support and violence prevention programs, Sojourn is a client-first, community-integrated network that seeks to improve the well-being of families and stop the cycles of violence.

Sojourn provides approximately 3,500 cumulative nights of shelter to individuals every year. We field 3,000 calls on our hotline annually, most of whom are battered women. The agency’s comprehensive services include:

-          24-hour Hotline. Bilingual crisis intervention, peer counseling, lethality assessment, safety planning, advocacy, child/elder abuse reporting, information, referrals, assistance with shelter for pets. Collect calls accepted.

 -          Crisis Shelter. Up to six weeks of housing in a confidential location with supportive services including case management; peer counseling; clinical therapy; parenting and life skills workshops; horticultural therapy; advocacy in legal, medical, social services, family court, dependency court, and DCFS matters, visitation accompaniment and transitional housing assistance. 

 -          Adams House. An average of six months of service-enriched supportive housing.     

 -          Community Education & Outreach. Awareness programs, training and technical assistance.  Sojourn leads educational workshops on teen dating violence, healthy relationships, and non-violent negotiation skills to children, teenagers, and youth.

 -          Support Groups are offered in English and Spanish at various days and times, on a drop-in basis. Simultaneous children’s empowerment play groups facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.  Lesbian-friendly.

 -          DV 101: Knowledge=Power, for survivors only, is an educational series of components DV dynamics, parenting, and healthy boundaries.  Satisfies court and DCFS requirements for “domestic violence classes”.

 -          Teen Outreach. TELA (Teen Education in Liberation Arts) is an education and activism program for local school youth. T.R.A.C.I.E.© (Teen Relationship Advice, Counseling, Information, Education) provides confidential teen relationship communication at asktracie@opcc.net. 

 -          Children’s Program. Empowerment-based programming for sheltered and support group children, clinical art/play therapy, assistance with school enrollment and non-violent parenting skills workshops.

 -          Court Advocacy. Lethality assessment, crisis intervention, court accompaniment and referrals to community resources to victims at the office of the Santa Monica City Attorney.

 -          Legal Clinic. Volunteer attorneys from Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles provide pro bono, basic information about divorce proceedings, child custody/visitation, property, landlord/tenant, etc.  

 -          Social Services Clinic. Advocacy, self-help, legal representation for clients seeking self-sufficiency and financial stability. 

 -          Violence Prevention. MVPP is a city-wide initiative to support men and boys by reframing societal norms that equate masculinity with violence.

 -          SAFE AT HOME©Sojourn is an official enrolling agency for the Secretary of State’s confidential program for victims of abuse and stalking.

 -          Westside Domestic Violence Network (WDVN), founded by Sojourn in 1995, brings together law enforcement, legal medical, social service, educational, counseling and advocacy agencies to strategize for better services, prevention and community-wide coordination.

 

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