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Be Strong Club – Art & Writing Contest for Teen DV Month 2017

art contest 1Be Strong Club, a youth empowerment club based at Dublin High School, partnered with Tri-Valley Haven to host a school-wide Art & Writing Contest in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February 2017.

Members of the club worked together to promote the event by distributing fliers at tabling events or during school hours, making daily announcements on the PA system, and personally announcing the contest to their peers in their classrooms. The contest encouraged students to create a poster, writing sample, or poem related to Teen Dating Violence!

A certificate and $25 gift card, which was kindly provided by Tri-Valley Haven, would be given to the top entry in each of the three categories. The categories the club selected are:

• Healthy and/or Unhealthy Teen Dating Relationship
• Bystander Intervention
• Dating Violence towards Men

Be Strong Club received a number of artistic student entries, and after careful consideration, the club chose a winner in each category. The winners were invited to attend a Be Strong Club meeting to be commemorated for their creative contribution, receive their prize, and participate in a short Q&A about their submissions.
The category winners, along with their responses on the Q&A portion, are as followed:
Healthy and/or Unhealthy Teen Dating Relationship

Winner: Michael Zapawa
Untitled Song Entry
Category: Healthy and/or Unhealthy Dating Relationship

Winner: Tanmayi Amanchi
Untitled Poster
Category: Bystander Intervention
Note: The participant was unable to attend club meeting and was given her prize, on a different date, by a Be Strong member.

Winner: Angelica Hom
Writing piece titled “Memories Flow”
Category: Dating Violence Towards Men

Contest winners were awarded their prizes during the Be Strong Club’s meeting at the end of the February. We are so grateful to everyone who participated! You can view our winning entries under the “Read More” tag!

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Wear #Orange4Love for Healthy Teen Relationships with Tri-Valley Haven

Logo 302x270Did you know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Let’s look back at our many teen events in February!

Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. Orange is the national color for teen dating violence awareness.

In February, Tri-Valley Haven partnered with local high schools to celebrate healthy relationships and take action to help spread awareness and prevent dating violence! We reached out to schools to host Wear Orange Days to encourage students to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month. Students could wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else they could think of!

Prevention staff at Tri-Valley Haven also created an all-orange photo corner with photo props, a backdrop, and photo frames, for students to take pictures on themselves on Wear Orange Day. They were encouraged to get involved in the national #Orange4Love social media campaign and post their pictures on their social media sites using the hashtags #tdvam #orange4love #tvh4respect #tvh4love #teendvmonth.

For students who do not own any orange items, orange ribbons were available for them to take and pin on to their shirt in solidarity.

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Wear Orange Day Events

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Before the prevention team took the photo corner to the schools, they hosted a Wear Orange Day for TVH staff on Valentine’s Day! Staff was delighted to celebrate healthy relationships in such an enjoyable manner and even more thrilled to be able to keep a Polaroid picture as a souvenir!

Dublin High School – Be Strong Club

img_0995Tri-Valley Haven partnered with Be Strong Club, a youth empowerment group at Dublin High School, to organize a schoolwide Wear Orange Day! Members of the club dedicated their meetings to create photo props for the photo corner, and personalize orange club shirts in honor of Teen Dating Violence! Be Strong Club member Kim said, “Not many people own clothing that is orange, yet the color orange stands out and that is what Be Strong Club is about…our club wants to be noticed and our orange club shirts will let us spread awareness on Teen Dating Violence all year.” Be Strong Club is committed to spreading awareness on Teen Dating Violence that they purposefully chose the color orange as a symbol for their club shirts and brochure!img_0984

The club members did their part to make this event a success! During lunch they walked around campus to get students to the photo corner and they came up with the idea to bring photo props to their peers to make it easier for them to take a picture from where they were at. At the photo corner, club members stood by as photographers to take pictures of students on their cell phones, and they also took on the role as “bubble blowers” to add a special effect to student’s pictures!

Be Strong Clu also hosted a schoolwide Art & Writing Contest in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February  – stay tuned for another blog post about the winners!

Granada High School – Health Club

granada-wear-orange-day-9Tri-Valley Haven partnered with the Granada Health Club, a student group focused on health and wellness, to organize a schoolwide Wear Orange Day at Granada High School! Although the Health Club has a lot of school events planned for March, they were excited to collaborate with Tri-Valley Haven to host a Wear Orange Day in February. They worked hard to promote the event, distributing fliers and collaborating with the leadership classes to add statistics about teen dating violence to the daily school announcements throughout the month.granada-wear-orange-day-5

During the event, students were invited to sign Healthy Relationships Heart Pledges and get involved in the national #Orange4Love social media campaign. Members of the club created a special fabric backdrop for Granada’s Wear Orange Day that we used as part of our #Orange4Love Photo Corner. Afterwards, the Healthy Relationships Heart Pledges were displayed at their school.

Tri-Valley Haven loved working with the Granada Health Club and we hope to organize more awareness-raising events with these amazing students!

Foothill High School – Girl Up Club

wear-orange-day-at-foothill-taken-by-amira-2Tri-Valley Haven partnered with Girl Up Club, an all-girls club at Foothill High School, that raise awareness about issues that marginalized women and girls face globally and advocate for the rights of these women, and girls, by utilizing the talent, energy, and compassion of Foothill High students. Tri-Valley Haven and Girl Up Club have had the opportunity to work together in the past to host schoolwide events to raise awareness on issues that affect women, such as International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women in November.wear-orange-day-at-foothill-taken-by-amira-12

Girl Up club distributed fliers to promote Wear Orange Day at their school and they fundraised to buy orange beaded necklaces to distribute to students at their high school to encourage participation and empower students to take a stand against teen dating violence. The club also brougwear-orange-day-at-foothill-taken-by-amira-8ht a personal camera to take pictures of students at the photo corner to post on the Foothill High School Website.

Tri-Valley Haven is thrilled to continue collaborating with Girl Up to continue spreading awareness on issues that affect women globally!

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img_0102Cathy is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate and Preventionist at Tri-Valley Haven.  For more information about how you can support our violence prevention programs in local schools, please call our office at (925) 449-5845 or visit http://www.trivalleyhaven.org

Breaking down Stigma: Commonly Held Misconceptions about Human Sexual Trafficking

January is human trafficking awareness month, a month dedicated to shedding lig4178c5d51465df87b04e8ca305288ec6.pnght on issues that victims and survivors face in order for our society to better advocate for and understand individuals affected by human trafficking.

Over the past few years, Tri-Valley Haven has been working to better support survivors of human sexual trafficking. This has involved collaborative meetings, trainings, webinars, presentations, and discussions with law enforcement, partnering agencies, district attorneys, advocates, volunteers, community members and more. Through our experiences in doing so, we have identified a few commonly held beliefs that can be very stigmatizing to individuals affected by trafficking. Below, you will find some of these beliefs and the truth behind them.
BELIEF: “Trafficking only happens to [insert a specific gender, ethnicity, or social class].”
TRUTH: This is a vast generalization. When looking at trafficking statistics, this misconception may appear to true. Victims of sexual trafficking are most often females. Victims are most often individuals of color. Exploiters (pimps) are most often individuals of color too. Victims and exploiters are most often from the lower socioeconomic stratas. However, further examination of this reveals the truth.

There are many males are victims of trafficking that are included in the statistical data. A reason women report more often than men may very well be because women are more affected, but, it may also be due to the stigma that surrounds being sexually exploited and being a male. Males are often harmed by the societal expectation and gender role that tells them they have to be tough, not show emotions, be strong, and be dominant, etc. It is believed that men report experiencing abuse report at a lower rate than women due to these stereotypes.

When comparing that to census data, one might see that there are large percentages of Caucasian individuals and wonder, why aren’t they as affected by trafficking? This is because of opportunity. Exploiters often choose their victims based on the accessible opportunities they face. Communities are often characterized by the racial groups that inhabit them. For example, if a person of Latino descent is living in a predominately Latino neighborhood, it is likely that their victims will be Latino (simply because Latinos are more accessible to them). Traffickers (the individual or party that obtains and puts a victim in contact with an exploiter) and purchasers (Johns, individuals receiving sexual services from a victim) have high rates of being individuals of Caucasian descent. This is believed to be influenced by finances, as Caucasian individuals often are of a higher socio-economic class. Every racial or ethnic group plays a role in sex trafficking, the role and level of involvement is what may vary among ethnicities. 

This also partly addresses the matter of social class. Individuals of higher social classes are more likely to be traffickers and purchasers, rather than exploiters. Being of a certain gender, social class, or ethnicity may increase your risk of being trafficked but sexual trafficking affects all ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and genders.

BELIEF: “I would never let that happen to me.”
TRUTH: Statements like these can make a survivor feel inferior or ashamed for not being able to escape from sex trafficking sooner. No one can be sure of how they will react in a situation until it happens. Our flight or fight instincts also often lead individuals to freeze, which can prevent performing actions one might have planned in a moment of panic.  Victims of sex trafficking are often extensively groomed and conditioned in a manner that supports them being in the trafficking industry.  Many individuals do not feel in a strong state of mind to end the abuse due to this grooming. Grooming often involves exploiting an individual’s deepest insecurities and vulnerabilities to lower their self-esteem, self-worth, sense of self, confidence, and rational thinking. It can cause one to view the world in a distorted manner. Victims are also often told that they or their loved ones will be hurt or killed if they leave. One might be repeatedly told and start to believe that they deserve the life they have been forced into or that there is no one in the world that can or wants to help them. Having preexisting or developing mental health issues that impair judgment can also become a factor that makes a victim more vulnerable. Changing the phrase to “I would hope that would never happen to me” reduces the stigma conveyed.

BELIEF: “There is no difference between sex trafficking and prostitution.”
TRUTH: The simplest explanation is that sex trafficking is involuntary. The victim was once forced or coerced. Prostitution is voluntary. A prostitute ideally does not work by force.

A sex trafficking victim’s circumstances most often involve working for an exploiter (a pimp). The exploiter will collect most or all of the money made by the victim. The individual is being forced, coerced, or defrauded into a sex act. It may appear to be prostitution but there is the often hidden component of force. Due to the age of consent being 18, any acts resembling prostitution by an individual under 18 is legally considered trafficking.

On the contrary, a prostitute may or may not work for an exploiter. Given the riskiness of working as a prostitute, often times a prostitute will join with other prostitutes and form an alliance for security. In these situations, money is distributed and schedules are shared, but the individuals involved are still in control of their decisions. In other situations a prostitute will have an exploiter for security reasons and protection from physical harm.  There is no force, coercion or defrauding in these situations.

BELIEF: “There are so many resources available to victims, why don’t they use them?”
TRUTH: While there are many resources for victims, the availability of resources and distribution of them is not always a process that is easy to navigate. Every program has some sort of limit to how many clients they can have at an agency or a shelter; funding often influences this.

Aside from issues of availability, victims often are not aware of the resources available. Unfortunately, not everyone possesses a lot of knowledge about community resources. People often do not know what resources are available until after they have suffered a lot. Grooming often involves making victims think no one can be trusted and that they will be ostracized or arrested for seeking help. The victim may also not be aware that what they are experiencing is trafficking, is illegal, or that they can get help. If one is being trafficked, they may also not have access to individuals or technology that they can receive information regarding resources from. Language barriers and mental health impairments often pose additional obstacles to acquiring information about support services.

This information is not meant to make anyone feel bad for having held these beliefs. It is stop-the-stigma-logounderstandable why one might think these things- it can be due to lack of exposure to trafficking survivors, lack of knowledge about the industry, repetition of a belief heard by a respected person, misinterpretation, unknown biases, etc. Not everyone works as an advocate or therapist or will even ever encounter a survivor firsthand. This type of information does not tend to be common knowledge. The purpose of this post is simply to bring awareness to the power our words can hold. The stigma that surrounds human trafficking prevents education from being spread. The stigma prevents individuals from creating a better life for themselves. Words or beliefs that perpetuate stigma can prevent individuals in need from seeking or gaining support.

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Adriana is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate and Human Trafficking Specialist at Tri-Valley Haven.  For more information about how you can support our life-saving services for survivors and families, please call our office at (925) 449-5845 or visit http://www.trivalleyhaven.org

World Suicide Prevention Day: The Connection Between Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Homelessness, and Suicide

 On September 10, 2016 we observe World Suicide Prevention Day to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. If you are wondering what domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness have to do with suicide, the statistics below might surprise you.

Domestic Violence and Suicide

  • Domestic violence is a factor in up to one-quarter of female suicide attempts (1).
  • Fifty percent of survivors of intimate partner violence who attempt suicide undertake subsequent attempts (1).
  • Survivors are twice as likely to attempt suicide multiple times (2).
  • Survivors are 12 times more likely that the general population to die by suicide (3).
  • More survivors of domestic violence die by suicide than by their abuser (3).
  • Children exposed to domestic violence are two to five times more likely to engage in suicidal behaviors (3).

Sexual Violence and Suicide

  • The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence (5).
  • About thirty-three percent of rape survivors have suicidal thought (5).
  • About thirteen percent of rape survivors will attempt suicide (5).
  • Suicide attempts may occur years after the rape (5).

Homelessness and Suicide

In a study conducted to determine the prevalence of suicidality among the homeless:

  • Sixty-one percent of the study sample reported suicidal ideation (6).
  • Thirty-four percent had attempted suicide (6).
  • Fifty-six percent of the men reported prior suicidal ideation (6).
  • Seventy-eight percent of the women reported prior suicidal ideation (6).
  • Twenty-eight percent of the men had attempted suicide (6). 

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Suicide Prevention

A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the United States (7).  Many of those individuals are affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness. While the statistics presented may surprise you, they are believed to be much higher than reported. Many of these figures may be greatly underreported, as many that share these difficult experiences do not ever disclose it to parties that collect data.

The stigma that surrounds domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and suicide prevents many from seeking or receiving the support they need. Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.  At Tri-Valley Haven we seek to support individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness to empower them to improve their well-being and personal safety while breaking the cycle that contributes to suicidal thoughts. We also believe in aiding in the prevention of these experiences through education and advocacy. It is important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to address suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts trained crisis intervention counselors are available to receive crisis calls and give supportive counseling 24 hours a day, every day at the Alameda County 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-800-309-2131. Translation is available in more than 140 languages. Teletype (TDD) services for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals is also available. You do not have to be in Alameda County to use this crisis line. 

References

  1. Female Suicide and Domestic Violence – Criminal Justice – IresearchNet. (2015). Retrieved from http://criminal-justice.iresearchnet.com/crime/domestic-violence/female-suicide/
  1. Clay, R. A. (2014). Suicide and intimate partner violence. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/11/suicide-violence.aspx
  1. Dube, S. R., Anda, R. F., Felitti, V. J., Chapman, D. P., Williamson, D. F., & Giles, W. H. (2001). Childhood abuse, household dysfunction, and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Jama, 286(24), 3089-3096.
  1. (2016). Domestic Violence Survivors at Higher Risk for Suicide. Retrieved from https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/domestic-violence-survivors-at-higher-risk-for-suicide#.V9SPCJMrI1i
  1. Kilpatrick, D., Edumuds, C.,  Seymour, A. (1992) Rape in America: A Report to the Nation. Arlington, VA: National Victim Center and Medical University of South Carolina.
  1. Eynan, R., Langley, J., Tolomiczenko, G., Rhodes, A. E., Links, P., Wasylenki, D., & Goering, P. (2002). The association between homelessness and suicidal ideation and behaviors: Results of a cross‐sectional survey. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 32(4), 418-427.
  2. Suicide Statistics – Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness project. (2012). Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/dvaaproject/statistics/ss

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Adriana is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate at Tri-Valley Haven.  For more information about upcoming events or services, please call our office at (925) 449-5845 or visit http://www.trivalleyhaven.org

Tri-Valley Haven Raises Awareness During SAAM!

617-MThis April marks the 15th Anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! Tri Valley Haven has many opportunities to get involved and help prevent violence this month and all throughout the year!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about raising awareness about sexual violence in communities across the world, while providing tools and resources on how to prevent sexual violence. With nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States experiencing rape or attempted rape, now is the time to use our voices to stop the violence (1).

 Sexual assault is a public health issue that affects women, men, children, families, and communities.  Many survivors of sexual assault experience various effects as a result of their assault. Short term effects may include guilt, shame, fear, shock, and feelings of isolation. Long term effects may include long-term health risks such as PTSD, depression, eating disorders, possible STIs and pregnancy (2). However healing is possible when survivors have support!

At the Haven, we work hard to support survivors in every way possible. While we work to prevent sexual assault and create awareness in our community, we also provide counseling services, support groups, advocacy during hospital visits or police interviews, and a 24/7 crisis line (1-800-884-8119) for support at any hour of the day.12670680_1302620933099545_5394337262680266702_n

Together we can end sexual assault. If you are interested in getting involved and being a part of the solution, here is a list of SAAM events offered or collaborated on by Tri-Valley Haven.

We hope you’ll join us in striving to create safe, respectful, thoughtful, violence-free communities!

Tri-Valley Haven SAAM Community Events:

For more information, please call (925) 449-5845 or visit our website: www.trivalleyhaven.org


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Amanda is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate at Tri-Valley Haven.  For more information about upcoming events or services, please call our office at (925) 449-5845 or visit http://www.trivalleyhaven.org

 

Statistics:
1. Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding,M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., Stevens,  M. R. (2011). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary  report. Retrieved from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:    http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf]
2. NSVRC, 2016. Sexual Assault Awareness Month. National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Retrieved  from http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/saam_one-pager.pdf

Changing the Culture: How Do We Prevent Dating Violence and Sexual Assault?

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While there is no easy, one-size-fits-all answer to this question, Tri-Valley Haven offers a dedicated Prevention Education Program for teens. We hope that by educating local youth about dating violence prevention, we can prevent domestic violence in future generations.

As the lead Preventionist, I visit local schools with a dedicated team of volunteers to educate teens about healthy relationships, dating abuse and bullying prevention, and bystander intervention  year-round. We offer classroom presentations, lunchtime school events,  parent workshops and staff training through the program.

In our classroom presentations, we help students focus on healthy relationships, personal boundaries, assertive communication and safe and effective bystander intervention strategies. We approach all of these topics in age-appropriate way and tailor each presentation to fit the school because know each school community is unique.

How can you support our prevention efforts?

  • Request a presentation. If you work with a group of teens, consider scheduling a presentation for your club, after-school program, religious youth group or community group! Contact our Preventionists at (925) 667-2727 or visit www.trivalleyhaven.org
  • Donate to our Prevention Education Program. We currently provide presentations to local Tri-Valley area high schools and Livermore middle schools. Next year we hope to expand our program to include all Tri-Valley area middle schools. You can make this possible by donating to our prevention efforts.
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Tri-Valley Haven’s heart pledges at Dublin High School last year.


3a92488In addition to providing advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, Jessie is the lead Preventionist for our Prevention Education Program at Tri-Valley Haven. Learn more about our teen presentations our Teen page on our website.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

partners1-00614Adriana is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate (English/Spanish) at Tri-Valley Haven. Along with providing services to Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault, she is working to increase and improve Tri-Valley Haven’s services for survivors of human trafficking.


This year, Tri-Valley Haven is increasing efforts to provide support and advocacy services to victims of human sex trafficking. I was hired as a sexual assault advocate that will lead outreach and services for victims of human sex trafficking.

Preparation for our advocacy for victims began last year, through the joining of the H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Watch Task Force meetings where  local service providers, law enforcement officials, and district attorneys collaborate to strategize the manner in which the human trafficking rates in Alameda County can be reduced. I have also begun bringing more awareness to the issue through discussions with individuals with whom I interact with daily at work, school, and among friends. These interactions have shed light on a major problem with the manner in which human sex trafficking is perceived: There is a lot of unfamiliarity regarding its prevalence and who victims are.

H.E.A.T. Watch defines human sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.”

According to UNICEF, every 2 minutes, a child is being groomed for sexual exploitation. Polaris reports that every year, at least 100,000 children are prostituted in the US. Globally, it is estimated that there are 4.5 million individuals in forced sexual exploitation, according to statistics from the International Labor Organization in 2012. A study conducted by the Urban Institute in 2007 demonstrated that there are cities in the United States, such as Denver, that have an underground sex economy worth an estimated $290 million. These statistics are believed to be greatly underreported, as not all victims come forward to report the crime they have been subjected to and there are underground sex traffickers that were not a part of the study.

Super_Bowl_50_logoAlameda County is a thriving center for the sexual trafficking market, at is the center point to a triangle between San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties. In 2015, 80% of all reported human trafficking cases in California came from the Bay Area.  Alameda County will also be hosting one of the largest events for human trafficking, the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is a prime event for sex trafficking, as victims can be run in and out of the event with little notice, due to the large amount of individuals focusing on the game. Individuals are not only forced to work in the sex industry at this game, this is also a place where many are abducted and forced into the industry.

Trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers look for individuals they perceive as vulnerable- maybe they are illegal residents, economically unstable, non-English speakers, mentally unstable, or too young to fight back (among an endless list of reasons). These individuals are abducted or coerced into the industry. They are made to believe that they deserve to be in these circumstances, that the police are out to get them and they should not cooperate with them because they will be the ones arrested or jailed, that they have no other resources, or that they will never have a quality of life better than what they are experiencing.

Tri-Valley Haven and the  H.E.A.T. Watch Task Force aim to reduce accounts of trafficking at the Super Bowl and overall in Alameda County. Tri-Valley Haven’s crisis line (1-800-884-8119) can be contacted for resources to aid a victim of sex trafficking, our shelters have housed victims previously and can continue to if there are available spaces, our legal advocates can help in the process of acquiring a visas available to non-resident victims of crimes, and our counselors are ready to provide psychological support as well. We can also provide services in languages other than English.

You do not have to be a part of a task force or agency to help victims of sex trafficking. But how can you help without putting yourself at risk? Know the signs, report locations and individuals you believe to be involved with sex trafficking, and spread accurate knowledge of the issue as to educate others to do the same. You can help save lives.

To learn the signs of human trafficking, follow this link: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/blue-campaign/bc-inf-ht101-blue-campaign-human-trafficking-101.pdf

If you suspect somone is being trafficked or an individual is a trafficker, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline  at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).


P4PArtwork2014 WinnerFor more information about our services for survivors of human sex trafficking, please call 925.449.5845 or visit www.trivalleyhaven.org

Thank You For Always Supporting Us

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” – Goran Persson

Thanks to your support, look at what Tri-Valley Haven achieved in a year!

  • Over 4,000 calls received through our 24-hour crisis line
  • 344 Clients received safe shelter through our Domestic Violence and Homeless shelters
  • 181 Children received safe shelter through our Domestic Violence and Homeless shelters
  • 4,455 Local Residents in Economic Need assisted at our Food Pantry
  • 227 Survivors of Sexual Assault served through our Rape Crisis Center
  • 3,979 Tri-Valley Students & Community Members received prevention education classes to prevent dating abuse, sexual assault, bullying and more!
  • 4,094 Local Residents in Economic Need signed up for food and gifts through our Holiday Program for Thanksgiving and December Holidays

Clothesline Project at Tri-Valley Haven

But New Year’s Day is more than just a time of looking backward on the previous year.  It’s also about taking the lessons learned from that year and applying them to the year that is coming toward us as fast and surely as the sunrise itself.  It’s about revisiting our core values and saying, “This is who we are. This is who we want to be. And this is what we commit to in the days and weeks and months to come.”

We serve more than the numbers in our emails or blog posts.  Each number is a man, a woman, a child.  Each number is a person who is struggling forward, emerging from pain, dealing with their past, looking toward a brighter future.  Our work here at Tri-Valley Haven is simply this: to be there to support, encourage and provide aid so that each person who comes to us is better able to heal; better able to hope; better able to move forward into their new year in safety and strength.

Thanks to your generosity, Tri-Valley Haven can help women, children and families build a new life, free from violence!" A New Life" was created at the therapeutic art group in our domestic violence shelter!

We could not have fulfilled our work at the Haven last year without your help.  We could not have fulfilled it all these years stretching into our past without the help of people like you.  And we cannot do this work in the year to come without you standing by our side.

Thank you.  Every single one of you.  We hope you had a safe, loving, hopeful and prosperous New Year.

Welcome, 2016!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Tri-Valley Haven’s Events Calendar

In 2001, April was officially designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) in the U.S. This month, Tri-Valley Haven is hosting a number of events to raise awareness and support survivors – and you can also get involved!


Pace for Peace – Hope Run
Saturday, April 18 at 8 am (registration starts at 7 am)

Want to support local survivors in our community and Tri-Valley Haven services? Please join us on Saturday, April 18, for a fun Pace for Peace – Hope Run (5K/10K walk/run) through Livermore’s beautiful wine country! This event directly benefits Tri-Valley Haven’s services for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness and hunger. Start/Finish is at Tri-Valley Haven, 3663 Pacific Avenue in Livermore.

You can register to run now at our Active.com site! Or you can directly download a printable version of our sign-up sheet here at this link.

Remember to share why you will #PaceForPeace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Las Positas/ Tri-Valley Haven SAAM Event
Thursday, April 23 at 11 am

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2015 campaign focuses on campus sexual violence prevention. Help Tri-Valley Haven and Las Positas College create communities that prevent violence and build campuses that respond well. Everyone can play a role in creating safer campuses and take action to prevent sexual violence.

Tri-Valley Haven’s Las Positas Event will take place at the Quad at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore starting at 11 am on April 23rd. It will feature resources for survivors of sexual violence, information about campus sexual assault, prevention, healthy sexuality, and consent.

Candlelight March
Commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Friday, April 24 at 7pm

Stand against sexual assault and show your solidarity with survivors in our local community! Join us for a Candlelight March Commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Friday, April 24th at 7 pm in Downtown Livermore. The march will take place along First Street, in Livermore. Meet at Lizzy Fountain Park, on the corner of First St and Livermore Avenue in Downtown Livermore.

Parking is available in the lot behind the stores. For more information, please call (925) 449-5845.

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 29

Denim Day was originally a protest against a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the judges felt that the victim could not have been raped since she was wearing tight jeans. The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Unfortunately, similar stories occur every day in the Unites States. Denim Day has became an international campaign against victim-blaming.

Every year, Tri-Valley Haven staff and volunteers participate in Denim Day. We will be wearing blue jeans, as well as Denim Day buttons and stickers, encouraging people to ask us about Denim Day. Get involved by sharing why you’re wearing jeans on April 29. Post pictures of your jeans to social media and remember to tag @Tri-ValleyHaven and #DenimDay!

The Clothesline Project at Tri-Valley Haven
Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm

The Clothesline Project was started by a group of women in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 to spread awareness about violence against women. Survivors were invited to decorate a t-shirt, expressing their story through words and art. These t-shirts were hung on a clothesline display to honor survivors and spread awareness. Now rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers and college campuses in U.S display their own individual Clothesline Projects every year.

Come see Tri-Valley Haven’s Clotheslines Project display at our Community Building, 3663 Pacific Avenue, Livermore. T-shirts from local survivors and their loved ones will be displayed throughout the month during our business hours.

 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness at Dublin High School

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so Tri-Valley Haven headed out to Dublin High School to spread awareness last week. Together the Haven joined Mrs. Slavec and the Be Strong Girls Group to educate teens about dating violence. Students pledged to engage in healthy relationships and received information about dating abuse and the Be Strong Girls Group.

Be Strong is an empowerment group for girls in high school. Tri-Valley Haven facilitates monthly group meetings and provide a open, safe space for the girls to discuss different topics related to gender, self-esteem and leadership. For our Teen Dating Violence Awareness event, each girl was responsible for organizing a part of the event. They also played a vital role in spreading the word about the event ahead of time and encouraging their classmates to participate.

When we hear discussions about dating violence, they often focus on adults who have been in abusive relationship. However 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. has experienced physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner.

Dublin HS BeStrong Teen Dating Awareness Month Event 111This is why Tri-Valley Haven is dedicated to educating teens about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse. We provide a safe space for teens to discuss what they see happening at their school and how they can keep themselves safe – emotionally and physically.

Thanks to Mrs. Slavec and our Be Strong Girls Group, our Tri-Valley Haven Teen Dating Violence Awareness Event was a success! It was inspiring to witness the Be Strong girls educating their classmates about this issue. After the event, we displayed the pledges on the doors and windows of the school library as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

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