Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (Bakersfield, CA)

Work Address

  • Organization Name:Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Address:1921 19th Street
    Bakersfield, CA 933010
    United States

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (Alliance) is to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Kern County and assist survivors in reclaiming their lives.

  • Overview:
  • The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (Alliance) is a professional and caring organization whose goal is a fundamental respect for the value and dignity of all human beings, and a strong belief in the potential inherent in all persons to assume responsibility for managing their own lives. The purpose of the Alliance is to ensure the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children and to assist clients in reclaiming their live by providing services that will address their individual needs and prepare them for self-sufficiency.

    Goals
    •Offer programs that are responsive to the needs and concerns of our clients
    •Work diligently to enhance the physical and psychological safety of our clients
    •Respect the rights of clients to make positive life changes when they are ready
    •Seek productive partnerships with individuals and agencies that benefit clients
    •Strive to monitor, reflect, and continuously improve client services and programs

    Services
    • Emergency Shelter: Provides up to 60 days emergency shelter, food, clothing, hygiene items, other on-site supportive services to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their children. (FY2012/13 – 177 clients served)
    • Transitional Housing: Provides up to 24 months shelter, food, clothing, other on-site supportive services to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their children.
    (FY2012/13 – 62 clients served)
    • Licensed Childcare: Provides licensed childcare for Emergency Shelter/Transitional Housing clients with children ages 0-5 years, and up to one year for families who have exited the program into permanent housing. (FY2012/13 – 47 children served)
    • Counseling: MSW/ASW level counselors provide individual/group counseling services to promote stabilization and recovery for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and DV witnessing children. (FY2012/13 – 4,898 services to 749 individuals)
    • Case Management: Case Managers intake/assess client needs; provide community resources information/referrals; perform legal advocacy; hospital and court accompaniments; assist with temporary restraining orders and client safety planning.
    (FY2012/13 – 384 hospital accompaniments, 504 assisted TROs)
    • Community Prevention Education: A Rape Prevention Educator conducts trainings on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships; teen dating violence, cyber stalking, cyber predators, and bullying; and self-defense and volunteers trainings to local businesses, community agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, youth groups, and rural communities. (FY2012/13 – 252 trainings to 4,887 participants)

    Alliance also places the highest priority on maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships with other agencies and the community at-large. The Alliance maintains on-going collaborative partnerships with a variety of community organizations. These include, but are not limited to, the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Kern County Probation Victim-Witness Program, Kern County Public Health Services, Kern County Medical Center, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Kern County Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, and Kern County Mental Health. Through the Alliance and its partners, clients receive the necessary continual access to vital coping mechanism strategies.

    Alliance is the only domestic violence and sexual assault agency located in Bakersfield, California – the metropolitan heart of Kern County. With an area of 8,161 square miles and a population of 857,882 residents, Kern County encompasses 11 incorporated communities and 49 unincorporated communities and is located within central California’s San Joaquin Valley – an area covering 27,280 square miles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, in 2012, 23.8% of Kern residents – nearly 8 percentage points above the national rate of 15.9% - were found to be living in poverty. The local child poverty rate was found to be even more alarming: 34.1% vs. the national rate of 22.6%, more than 11 percentage points greater. Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kern’s unemployment rate was 10.9% in August 2013 – well above the state’s 8.8% and the nation’s 7.3% rate.

  • History:
  • The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (Alliance) is a nonprofit, federal tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization that has provided services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in Kern County for over 34 consecutive years. The Alliance began as a volunteer effort in 1979 to operate a hotline to assess the extent of domestic violence in Kern County. In 1980, it opened a 7-bed shelter and incorporated as a nonprofit agency. Five years later, the Alliance expanded its shelter services to a 20-bed facility. In 1986, an Outreach Center was opened to provide counseling services for domestic violence victims and by 1989, services were expanded to include survivors of sexual assault. Finally, in 1995, the Alliance purchased its current Outreach Center located at 1921 19th Street in downtown Bakersfield where many client counseling and case management services are provided. Two years later, it moved from its 20-bed shelter and purchased the current 32-bed facility. In July 2010, the Alliance was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement a domestic violence Transitional Housing Project. This enabled the Alliance to provide single adults and mothers with children in need of long term assistance with up to 24 months shelter and supportive services to gain job skills training/education (employment) and their own safe home (housing). In June 2011, the Alliance opened a licensed childcare facility for clients with children ages 0-5 years who reside at its emergency shelter and transitional housing facility.

    The Alliance is a longtime member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) – the state’s domestic violence coalition. In addition, the Alliance is a member in good-standing with the Kern County Domestic Violence Advisory Council (DVAC), Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA), Kern County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC), and Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking (KCAHT).

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None

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