We Can Help

All services provided at the ACFJC are free of charge.

Believe you have the right to be safe.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911 for police assistance.

Below is a list of Domestic Violence Resources, Shelters, Legal Help & Counseling. They can help you create a personal safety plan for you and your children.


Agencies with representatives at the Family Justice Center

ACFJC Interfaith Chaplaincy Program
The Chaplaincy program provides safe, confidential, effective and appropriate interfaith spiritual care for persons who have been affected by intimate partner violence and their children, while respecting diverse cultures, religious traditions and faith commitments and maintaining professional behavior and boundaries.

Contact: Cherri Allison
Phone: (510) 267-8801

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DA)
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DA) has a long and consistent history in Alameda County of working to bring together local government, law enforcement, healthcare agencies and community based nonprofit organizations to increase safety for victims and accountability for offenders in domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases. The DA, under the leadership of Nancy E. O’Malley, District Attorney, works in close collaboration with local law enforcement and victim advocates, prosecutes all misdemeanor and felony domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and stalking cases within Alameda County and the City of Oakland.

Contact: Paul Pinney
Phone: (510) 267-8852

Alameda County DA’s Victim/Witness Assistance-Advocacy Program
In 1974, the DA’s Office created the first Victim/Witness Assistance program in the United States. A division within the DA’s Office the program provides advocacy to victims of all crimes. These services encompass crisis intervention, court escort/support, orientation to the criminal justice system, emergency assistance, and follow up contact. Victim Witness also has advocates who specialize in working with the elderly and dependent adults who have been victimized, domestic violence victims and those victims and witnesses who have been subpoenaed to attend a parole revocation hearing.

Contact: Victim/Witness Consultant
Phone: (510)267-8872 or 510/267-8857
Victim/Witness Lakeside Office: (510)272-6180

Alameda County DA’s Victims Compensation Program Claims Unit
The Victim/Witness Assistance-Advocacy Program also assists victims of crimes in applying for restitution and resources from the Victims Compensation Program administered through the California Victim’s Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB).

Contact: Silvia Gutterriez or Judith Pollak
Phone: (510) 272-5044

Alameda County Library Foundation
Alameda County Library system provides and protects access to books, information and services that promote learning and enjoyment for everyone. Through the library’s P.U.L.S.E. program (Pop Up Library Services for Everyone) the ACFJC has a 300-book lending library accessible by anyone who has an Alameda County Library card. The Library will also be a part of the ACFJC’s STEP-UP program (Survivor Training and Empowerment Program-Utilizing Your Potential).

Contact: Tiona Smith
Phone: (510) 745.1542

Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital Emergency Department
The Alameda County Medical Center Emergency Department (ACMC-ED) is an urban county emergency department and regional trauma center serving all of Alameda County. The Emergency Department, under the leadership of Hillary Larkin, has 13 Physicians Assistants who are certified forensic examiners. The Emergency Department treats over 350 domestic violence victims and 250 sexual assault victims each year.

Contact: Hillary Larkin
Phone: (510) 435-6824

Alameda County Probation Department
The Alameda County Probation Department, as a partner in the criminal justice system, protects and serves the diverse community, offers services to victims, and provides rehabilitative opportunities to offenders in compliance with State Law.

Contact: Tamiko Martin
Phone: (510) 268-7050

Alameda County Public Health Department
The Northside Clinic offers immunization services to children and adults who have no health insurance; Thursdays, 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Contact: Catharine Ratto
Phone: (510) 268-2328

Alameda County Social Services Agency/Purple Ribbon
The Purple Ribbon provides on-site processing of Medi-CAL and CalFRESH applications for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and family/interpersonal violence.

Contact: Ana Cannober
Phone: (510) 517-1994

Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)
Bay Area Women Against Rape, the nation’s first rape crisis center, was formed in 1971. BAWAR provides free in-person counseling to survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. BAWAR also offers accompaniment to police, court, and hospital and provides a 24-hour hotline, support groups, and community education.

Contact: Marcia Blackstock
Phone: (510) 430-1298

Building Futures with Women and Children (BFWC)
BFWC works to build communities with underserved women and children where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence. BFWC provides domestic violence support groups at the ACFJC, and provides housing support through their Pathway Home program. Furthermore, BFWC has an emergency shelter for homeless clients and clients who are fleeing from domestic violence. BFWC also has a transitional housing facility.

Contact: Shirley Gainey
Phone: (510) 267-8828

Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing and Coordination Center (CALICO)
CALICO conducts forensic interviews in a child-friendly setting with children, ages 2-17, and developmentally delayed adults who were abused in Alameda County and provides information, referrals and support to their caregivers. The clients served were sexually abused, physically hurt, neglected and exploited as prostitutes, drug-endangered and/or witness to violence in their homes or communities. Schedule: As needed for interviews

Contact: Vicky Gwiasda
Phone: (510) 895-0702

Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland – The D.O.V.E.S. Project
The D.O.V.E.S. Project is a domestic violence program operated by the Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland since 1998. The D.O.V.E.S. Project provides crisis intervention, assessment, and therapeutic intervention services for children exposed to domestic violence and their battered caregivers, as well as training on children’s exposure to domestic violence.

Contact: Susan Murray
Phone: (510) 428-3135

DeafHope is a nonprofit organization established for and by Deaf women in January 2003. DeafHope’s mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault against Deaf women and children through empowerment, education and services. Services include advocacy, training and technical assistance.

Contact: receptionist@deaf-hope.org

Family Violence Law Center (FVLC)
FVLC is working to end domestic violence in Alameda County by using a holistic approach that integrates comprehensive protection and prevention services for abuse survivors with efforts to address and change barriers for survivors within the legal, health, education, and criminal justice systems. As one of California’s oldest agencies serving abuse survivors, FVLC is recognized as a leader in the community in delivering exceptional services and advocating for long-term social change for survivors. FVLC is a multicultural organization providing equal access for all services including language access provided by bilingual staff and our confidential interpreter program.

Contact: Erin Scott
Phone: (510) 208-0220

HEAL Program
The Healing Emotions and Loss after Domestic Violence (HEAL Program) provides psychotherapeutic services in English and Spanish to children, adolescents and adults who have experienced traumatic situations. Treatment modalities include individual, dyadic, and family therapy. Group treatment is available in English for girls between the ages of 7 and 11. Referrals must be VOC eligible.

Contact: Nancy Compton, Ph.D., English
Phone: (510) 587-3377

Contact: Laura Mayorga, Ph.D., Spanish/English
Phone: (415) 250-1274

Highland Hospital Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Center
Provides services to sexually abused clients 14 years and older as well as services to victims of domestic violence. Services include advocacy, counseling and medical support as well as the 24-hour crisis line: (510) 534-9290.

Contact: sarrtinfo@alamedahealthsystem.org
Phone: (510) 267-8815

International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)
IIBA welcomes, educates and serves immigrants, refugees and their families as they join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides immigration clinics for victims of interpersonal violence twice a month at the ACFJC.

Contact: Monica Devens
Phone: (510) 451-2846

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay provides parent/child therapy and intensive case management services to children and families. JFCS East Bay also provides mental health consultation at several preschool sites. The mission is to promote and strengthen the social and emotional well-being of diverse individuals and families throughout the East Bay.

Contact: Carol Singer
Phone: (510) 704-7475

JPG Consultants
JPG Consultants provides technical assistance to government and community-based agencies to optimize their coordination and delivery of services. JPG works with outcome-based programs designed to decrease recidivism and victimization rates of youth on probation. JPG designs and implements evidenced-based curriculum for youth in the juvenile justice system and trains practitioners on best practices for working with youth on probation. Consultants specialize in development of policies and protocols that improve juvenile justice system response. Project management includes database system designed to track, evaluate, and achieve program outcomes.

Contact: Julie Posadas-Guzman
Phone: (510) 931-6275/ (510) 267-8885

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center/Project Survive
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) works locally, statewide, and nationally to promote the stability of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, LAS-ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving employment opportunities. LAS-ELC provides employment law clinics twice a month at the ACFJC.

Contact: Julia Parish
Phone: (415) 864-8848

Oakland Police Department Domestic Violence Unit (OPD)
This OPD unit investigates incidences of domestic violence. The OPD DV Unit is located at the ACFJC to enhance victim safety and coordination of victim services.

Contact: Sergeant Omar Ashford
Phone: (510) 238-3829

Progressive Transition(s), Inc.
Progressive Transition(s) is a solution-focused program, providing victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma with the tools they need to transcend their experiences and navigate a path to recovery and healing. They offer support groups, workshops, and individual counseling.

Contact: Norma Ward
Phone: (510) 917-0666

The Link to Children (TLC)
The Link to Children provides on-site prevention and early intervention mental services to child development programs serving children 0-5 and their families. TLC’s mission is to support the emotional health of young children within a cultural context so they will be able to learn even in difficult times and under difficult circumstances.

Contact: Kym Sites
Phone: (415) 922-9446

Other Domestic Violence Shelters: Alameda County

Fremont shelter, counseling, for South Asian Women.

Phone: 1-800-313-ASRA

A Safe Place
Shelter, counseling, assistance with housing/work.

P.O. Box 23006
Oakland, Ca 94623

Phone: (510) 986-8600, ext. 313
Fax:  (510) 986-8606

Building Futures
San Leandro shelter, support groups, advocacy.

Phone: 1-866-A-WAY-OUT

Emergency Shelter Program
Hayward shelter, counseling, legal.

22634 Second Street #205
Hayward, CA 94541

Phone: (510) 786-1246,  (510) 581-5626, 1-888-339-SAFE

Shepherd’s Gate
Livermore shelter, transitional housing.

Phone: 925-443-4283

Other Legal Services

Bay Area Legal Aid
Domestic violence, housing, public benefits, health access

Phone: 1-800-551-5554

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Oakland/ SF, Family law, immigration for Asian women

Phone: 415-567-6255

SAVE Law Project
Fremont, restraining orders, advocacy

Phone: 510-574-2250

Alameda Co. Domestic Violence Law Project
Hayward, restraining order assistance

Phone: 510-733-2071