Services at the CenterAs Northern Santa Barbara County's primary resource for victims of sexual violence providing crisis support, resources and training - we are here when you need us. As advocates, we can assist you with issues surrounding all forms of sexual violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. Even if it's not in our lane, we can provide referrals to community partners that can help. New Here?Donate
We’re here for you
In response to our agency’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center’s 24-Hour Support Line will remain available to meet the needs of those in crisis. While our focus is sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking, if you are in crisis, we can help as advocates are trained and ready to help.
Plan Your Visit
We are currently working remotely and have shifted our direct client care and community outreach services to telehealth support, including our educational programs, individual counseling, and support groups. Center staff will provide accompaniment services when requested by law enforcement and will respond when appropriate.
Give us a Call
Our 24-Hour Support Line is staffed by trained advocates and is available for you. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you would like to speak to an advocate, please call (805)736-7273.
Our Service Area
Our service area encompasses north of the Gaviota Tunnel to the Santa Maria Riverbridge and includes the cities and towns of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Guadalupe, Sisquoc, New Cuyama, Orcutt, Ballard, Vandenberg Village, and Vandenberg AFB.
24-hour Crisis Line
A trained advocate will provide confidential crisis intervention, needed support, and appropriate referrals for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, suspected child abuse calls, human trafficking, or any other crisis you may be experiencing. Services are available in both English and Spanish.
The Center staff and volunteers are trained specifically on Trauma-Informed Care. The Center has an understanding and belief that everyone’s trauma and symptoms are in the context of their life experiences, history, culture, and society. How you cope, whatever it looks like, is how you cope with your trauma. There is no judgment on how well or if you have been able to do so. We focus on what happened to you, rather than what is wrong with you. We do this by helping a person feel safe, respected, empowered, resilient and accepted. Our services strive to be Culturally Competent and understand a person in the context of their life experiences and cultural background.
Accompaniment & Advocacy
Trained advocates will accompany survivors to forensic medical exams and law enforcement interviews. Advocates will also act as a liaison with other agencies on behalf of survivors.
Counseling / Support Groups
Free counseling is available for survivors 12 years and older who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. Counseling services are also available for all significant others, such as parents or spouses. An AMAC (Adults Molested As Children) support group is available for adult women who would benefit from the group process.
Studies have shown that individual crisis counseling can decrease the long-term impact of trauma. The Center Staff is trained in trauma-informed care and our counseling staff primarily practice Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). During these sessions, you will work on your awareness of your personal coping mechanisms and triggers as well as grounding techniques. We will work with you on your memories and how to process them. This may include various writing or drawing exercises. We will help you work through some of your automatic negative thoughts about what happened to you that can cause you to become overwhelmed and not function on a daily basis. Most importantly, we will help you find your voice, we will give you the tools to be empowered and find a path toward healing from your experience.
The Center offers several support groups throughout the year that are offered in Spanish and English to adults and teens. These groups consist of a Cognitive / Educational Support Group that typically runs weekly for 8-10 weeks and a Healing Art Group that we refer to as BRTA (Building Resilience Through Art).
The cognitive groups are generally a smaller closed support group that typically has 5-8 people. Individual stories will be shared, and participants will complete worksheets and art projects that deal with trust, anger, intimacy, betrayal, coping mechanisms, and self-care.
Healing Art Groups – Building Resiliency Through Art
This group is offered to adults and teens in Spanish and English and generally runs from 6-10 weeks depending on the group’s needs. This group provides a safe environment for survivors to begin to understand and change their trauma by connecting with other survivors by using art such as painting, drawing, sculpting, collage. This is not a psychoeducational group and specific discussions regarding your trauma are not necessarily required. This support group offers recovery through self-expression, self-discovery, and self-care.
All group participation requires the client to attend individual counseling and at the appropriate time, the counselor will discuss the benefits and availability of each type of support group with the survivor.
Prevention / Education
Our community educators provide presentations regarding child abuse, sexual abuse and assault, partner violence, harassment, healthy relationships, and healthy teen dating. ChildSAFE Programs are available for schools, businesses, and community organizations.
Personal Safety & Self-defense
Our trained educators and instructors provide community workshops focused on awareness, assertiveness, and physical self-defense techniques.
North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center
511 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Santa Maria Office
301 Miller St # 206, Santa Maria, CA 93454
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