Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (CADV)
The Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (CADV) has counseling centers in San Luis Obispo and South County that provide services to all people affected by domestic violence. This is a service of the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County.
Please call our counseling office at (805) 781-6401, ext. 207 for an assessment or for general questions.
CADV provides counseling to help educate and heal those impacted by intimate partner violence (women, men, teens and children) and those who choose to perpetrate. The requirements for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, belief systems, or spiritual-based practices and are based on program requirements and funding guidelines. A sliding-scale fee is available for individuals who are dealing with issues of unresolved anger, controlling behavior, and verbal aggression as a result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). For more information on counseling for children, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Individual Counseling (for victims/survivors and for perpetrators)
- Group Counseling (support groups, Latina groups, therapeutic art groups)
- Counseling for children and teens (individual counseling, play therapy, school-based counseling, art groups)
COUNSELING SERVICES FOR TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN
The Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) Program at the Women’s Shelter Program (WSP) provides services for children who have experienced trauma and their non-offending family members.
CHAT Services & Resources
The CHAT Program at the WSP offers counseling services to children who have experienced trauma in order to foster long-term healing and recovery through a range of child-focused counseling techniques sensitive to the child’s emotional state, developmental level, language and cognitive skills. Advocacy for the child is provided through coordination of community resources and support according to their individual needs. The goal is to identify, build, strengthen, and coordinate a network of support for the child and his/her family. All CHAT services are provided free of cost to the client and are available for Spanish-speakers.
Who is Eligible to receive CHAT services?
- Children who are victims of abuse, neglect, abduction and parental substance abuse
- Children who have experienced domestic, family, school and/or community violence
- Child and teen victims ages 3 to 17
- Non-offending family members
- All child victims regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability (provided program requirements and funding guidelines are met)
To speak with someone about accessing our CHAT Program, please call (805) 781-6401, ext. 207.