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How can Your Safe Place help?

At Your Safe Place, we work with a team of dedicated community partners, interns, and volunteers to provide confidential, comprehensive services free of charge. Our services include:

Personal Safety Planning

Your Safe Place’s first priority is to keep clients and their families safe. Our specially-trained Client Care Coordinators work with clients to create personalized safety plans that fit the unique needs of each individual we serve. A key to safety planning is ensuring clients who may need to flee dangerous situations have the resources they need to escape. We offer emergency overnight bags, clothing, and hygiene kits.

Housing Support and Financial Security

At Your Safe Place, we understand that meeting basic needs and attaining financial stability are key to ultimate freedom. Our team assists clients in finding shelter and accessing MediCal, CalFresh, Calworks, public transportation, and other federal and state resources. Our financial independence and confidence-building programs help our clients achieve stability and build their self-esteem to create the life they want.

Protection from Gun Violence

Recognizing the extreme risk posed by abusers with guns, Your Safe Place protects clients by obtaining Gun Violence Restraining Orders to remove firearms from dangerous situations before a tragedy occurs. With the help of our specialized team of attorneys and support staff, clients can access lifesaving GVROs to quickly remove guns from their perpetrators and traffickers.

Legal and Immigration Services

With help from our community partners, Your Safe Place provides legal assistance to our clients seeking Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Gun Violence Restraining Orders, immigration assistance, family court assistance (custody of children, support, divorce, paternity, name change), and requests to make addresses confidential.  We can e-file restraining orders, assist with court preparation, and help with paperwork to provide for remote court appearances.

Remote Court Assistance

Your Safe Place offers remote court appearance rooms where clients can participate in hearings using our office space and computers. During hearings, Your Safe Place staff provides emotional support to clients.

Mental Health Counseling

Your Safe Place believes every client deserves to live a fulfilling life free from violence.  Our community partners provide individual and group therapeutic services to help clients ages 3 and older heal and move on. Your Safe Place provides support groups for men and those identifying as a man (ages 17+) experiencing violence; those who have suffered sexual assault; women Spanish-speakers; teen groups; and English-speakers who have suffered the trauma of relationship or family violence. 

Parenting Assistance

At Your Safe Place, we believe in protecting children and supporting their development. With our partners and volunteers, we help build family resiliency through limited child watch services, educational activities, and parenting support programs.

Substance Abuse

Your Safe Place and its partners provide professional services to care for clients and to help prevent and treat alcoholism and drug addiction. We work together to help clients heal and break free from addiction.

Forensic Examinations for Adults and Children

Compassionate and specially trained nurses offer forensic medical examinations to adult clients who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Specially trained forensic interviewers also support children experiencing child abuse. If a client wishes to seek justice through the criminal process, evidence is often necessary for prosecution. The forensic nurses at Your Safe Place are uniquely trained in evidence collection and treat each examination with sensitivity and dignity. 

Law Enforcement Assistance

With client consent, Your Safe Place helps clients get copies of their police reports from the San Diego Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, find out the status of criminal cases, get copies of Criminal Protective Orders, file restitution (financial loss) applications, or meet with prosecutors or detectives. We assist clients in preparing for court in our mock courtroom and by providing professional clothing.

Sex Trafficking-Specific Services

Working with our dedicated community partners, Your Safe Place serves the unique needs of survivors of sex trafficking. We offer legal support to help individuals remove trafficking-related criminal charges from their records, change their names, obtain advice on child custody and divorce proceedings, and secure restraining orders. Your Safe Place also offers connections to counseling, critical social services, and access to career training to help individuals heal and move forward.

Personalized Wardrobes

Restoring confidence and dignity to survivors through their wardrobes is essential to the healing process. Our team works with each survivor–children and adults-at Your Safe Place to carefully prepare personalized wardrobes to rebuild their self-esteem and help them achieve their personal and professional goals.  

Whole Person Wellness

Your Safe Place believes in whole person wellness and we offer our clients health and well-being services such as nutrition and family wellness programs, healthy teen and adult relationship education, self-care information and tools, literacy assistance, and access to Balboa Park’s museums.

Military Advocacy

Your Safe Place also has a confidential advocate available for clients involved in the military who can identify and explain available military benefits.