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The Coalition for Family Harmony aims to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; to educate the community regarding violence against women, children, and men; to prevent the cycle of violence.
The Coalition for Family Harmony was originally formed in 1976 under the name the Coalition Against Household Violence. It provided education and awareness to the community about a much ignored issue. Over the next 10 years, the Coalition would institute it's emergency shelter program, establish a 24-hour bilingual hotline, and implement battered women's and batterer's groups, as well as an individual counseling program. After two more name changes, the Coalition was able to make the many additions to its programs that has brought us to the present day, including the formation of the Rape Crisis Center, teen programming, and a 12-week parenting program.
The Coalition offers many services to the community in the support of survivors of sexual and domestic violence. They house Ventura County's sole rape crisis center with staff available 24/7 to provide intervention, emergency response, advocacy, and accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault.
The Coalition also has a 30-day emergency shelter that houses battered women and their children. This program not only provides shelter to survivors, but food, clothing, and access to counseling, support groups, parenting classes, and more.
In addition to these emergency response programs, the Coalition offers individual counseling to survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as free support groups. The Coalition also houses Batterer's Treatment, Juvenile Probation, Child Abuse Intervention, and Family Harmony programs.
Providing education and awareness to the community is also an essential piece of the Coalition's mission. Staff members periodically provide education trainings in the community and provide bi-annual crisis counselor trainings for interested community members. Training sessions provide a wide selection of continuing education units for healthcare and social service providers.
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