YWCA Monterey County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
The Big Idea
Domestic violence has serious and long-lasting effects on the well-being of survivors, which manifest in a variety of unanticipated ways throughout their healing journeys. Individuals experiencing multiple forms of marginalization may have needs that cannot be addressed by mainstream domestic violence intervention. As such, YWCA Monterey County intends to embrace an
intersectional approach to service provision. The agency currently utilizes a trauma-informed, survivor-driven approach to working with clients, but will improve the quality of services by incorporating this framework. To do so, YWCA will provide robust training for domestic violence advocates and strengthen cross-sector collaboration with service providers working on issues such as homelessness and substance abuse. Improving the shared body of knowledge will validate client perspectives, generate innovative interventions, and improve outcomes for survivors of abuse in Monterey County.
One of the clients recently supported by YWCA Monterey County is J, a single mother of four children. J and her family had been living in an abusive household for many years. She came across the YWCA in her search for resources for herself and her children. As J began her journey with the YWCA, she was enrolled in the Housing First Program and started working with her case manager to find a safe, permanent living situation. With the help of the Housing First Program, J’s family was able to receive rental assistance as well as new beds and other furniture items that completed their new home. After experiencing years of abuse, J and her children can finally live in a home free from violence.