Serving Adult and Child Victims of Domestic Violence
If you need immediate assistance, please dial (310) 264-6644.
In 1977, Sojourn opened a shelter for victims of domestic violence (the second such shelter in Southern California), and remains to this day the premiere provider on the west side of Los Angeles County. In 1995, Sojourn founded (and continues to administer) the Westside Domestic Violence Network, a consortium approach to the problem of domestic violence. Sojourn staff partner with the Family Violence Prevention Program of Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care provider in the state, and are members of UCLA Emergency Medicine Center’s multidisciplinary team. In addition, staff are members of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force, the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council, and the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence. Those in need of services find Sojourn through an elaborate referral system consisting of multiple local hotlines, the Los Angeles County 800 number, and the National Domestic Violence hotline.
The services provided through Sojourn are as follows:
- 24-Hour Hotline. Crisis intervention, information and referrals, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is the entry point to all of Sojourn’s services.
- The Crisis Shelter offers 4-6 weeks of housing, support and case management in a secure location. Adams House is a second-stage shelter for individuals and families who need extra time in a supportive setting to regroup and recover. A typical stay may be as little as three or as many as six months.
- Children's Program. Empowerment-based, clinical art/play therapy, assistance with school enrollment, tutoring, and non-violent parenting skills workshops.
- Community Education, Outreach and Prevention. Educational presentations on teen dating violence, healthy relationships, and non-violent negotiation skills to children, teenagers, and youth. Training, technical assistance, and awareness programs for the community. BRO, a city-wide collaborative to prevent violence by deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity. Teen Education in Liberation Arts (TELA), an education and activism program for local school youth.
- Court Advocacy and Legal Assistance. Pro bono weekly clinic for victims. Volunteer attorneys answer basic legal questions regarding divorce, child custody and visitation, property, and landlord/tenant issues. Safety assessment, crisis intervention, court accompaniment and referrals to community resources are provided to victims at the office of the Santa Monica City Attorney.
- Support Groups. Various days/times, drop-in basis. Simultaneous empowerment play groups for children.
- Toolkit 101: Knowledge is Power. For survivors only, classes on DV dynamics, parenting, and healthy boundaries. Satisfies court and DCFS requirements for “domestic violence classes".
Each facet of Sojourn is another avenue through which we can address the issue of violence in our society—and another opportunity through which we can stop destructive cycles.
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