Be Empowered

Youth Empowerment

1 in 4 teens experience abuse by an intimate partner.

SAVE believes in preventing relationship abuse from happening in the first place. Whether through awareness campaigning or our Loves Me, Loves Me Not presentations, we address societal attitudes towards violence and facilitate discussion about the warning signs of abuse, the cycle of violence, and the foundation of a healthy relationship with youth. Learn more about our free Loves Me, Loves Me Not presentations and our recent Stronger Than You Think campaign!

Every February (National Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month) SAVE staff and Youth Program participants are busy with strategy meetings and advocacy work. We’re  proud to announce that in 2015, all South Alameda County cities honored SAVE’s Youth Empowerment efforts with Proclamations recognizing our efforts to bring the issue of teen dating violence to the forefront in our communities.

Want to learn more? Check out these great informational sites about teen dating violence:

Adult and Family Empowerment

Individual Counseling

Talking about intimate partner abuse can help you gain perspective and begin the process of healing. SAVE offers free, confidential individual counseling. Whether you are currently in a relationship or have experienced past abuse, we can help provide you with tools to break the cycle of violence.

About SAVE’s Individual Counseling Program:

  • SAVE’s individual counseling is free and confidential, and available to all genders.
  • Counseling is provided by supervised Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) candidates.
  • Appointments are available Monday through Saturday at SAVE’s Community Office in Fremont. Morning, afternoon, and early evening appointments are available.
  • For more information or to request counseling, call SAVE ‘s 24-Hour Hotline at (510) 794-6055.
  • There is a 7 to 10 business day waiting period from when you request counseling to  the date you are contacted by a counselor to set up an appointment.
  • If you need support while you’re waiting to begin counseling, call SAVE’s 24-Hour Hotline at (510) 694-6055 or attend one of SAVE’s free Drop-In Support Group sessions.

Drop-In Support Groups

If you are experiencing intimate partner abuse or have been abused in the past, you may be feeling depressed and frustrated. Your self-esteem may be low and you may also feel isolated from family, friends, and your community. Please know that you are not alone — SAVE is here to help.  Our free Drop-In Support Group can help you gain perspective, connect with other survivors, and improve your self-image.

How it works:

SAVE’s support groups provide a safe place where survivors can encourage, support, and empower each other.

  • SAVE’s support groups are facilitated by trained and certified domestic violence counselors or marriage and family counseling interns.
  • SAVE’s support groups are free; no reservations are required.
  • SAVE’s support group sessions are confidential.

SAVE’s support groups meet three times per week in the Group Healing Room at the Empowerment Center at SAVE, 1900 Mowry Avenue, Suite 201, Fremont, CA 94538.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
  • Fridays from 9:15 am – 11 am

Please be on time as latecomers interrupt the flow of the conversation and will therefore not be allowed entry. Please do not bring children as we do not have childcare available.

For information, directions or immediate support please call our 24-Hour Hotline (510) 794-6055, or The Empowerment Center at SAVE at (510) 574-2250.

Longer-term Housing

SAVE understands that domestic violence survivors worry about having a safe place to stay after they complete our shelter program but help is available. SAVE is a member of the Alameda County McKinney Linkages Collaborative, a housing program that helps bridge the gap between emergency shelter and independent living for those who qualify.

You may qualify for our Linkages Program if:

  • You have experienced intimate partner abuse and are a mother with children in your care; AND
  • You have completed a shelter program and are employed, OR are participating in an employment development program, OR you are attending school.

How it works:

  • During your stay at SAVE’s shelter, your case manager will help you apply for the Linkages Collaborative Program.
  • If you meet the requirements and are accepted, your family will live in your own home and receive continuing support from a SAVE case manager who makes home visits.
  • The housing subsidy is available for 12-18 months with the goal of helping you increase your income to a level which allows you to pay for your housing after the subsidy ends.

If you do not qualify for the Linkages Collaborative Program, your SAVE case manager can assist you with applying to other transitional housing programs or help you find other housing options.

LGBTQ Empowerment

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Legal Advocacy

Temporary Restraining Order Clinics

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be an effective tool in helping you stay safe and prevent further abuse. SAVE can help you complete court documents and tell you how to file the paperwork with the court.

A TRO is a legal document that orders a batterer to stay certain distance from you, and to stop all contact and harassment. If the batterer lives with you and you want him or her to move out, you can request that in your restraining order application. You may also request that you have temporary custody of your children.

Once you file for a TRO, you will be given a court date. At that hearing, you may request that the Temporary Restraining Order be made  permanent. SAVE advocates are available to provide support at your court hearing. If the restraining order is granted, the judge will make the order good for 1 to 5 years or more.

About  SAVE’s Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Clinics

  • SAVE Temporary Restraining Order Clinics are held at the Fremont, Hayward, and San Leandro Police Departments. Call our 24-Hour Hotline (510) 794-6055 for the current schedule.
  • Our advocates will provide the necessary paperwork, help you complete it, and provide instructions on how to file the documents with the court and what to expect once you’ve filed. There is no court filing fee for restraining orders.
  • Please note that SAVE does not provide assistance with Civil Harassment Orders.

Court Accompaniment

At this time, Court Accompaniment is available at the Hayward Hall of Justice (Alameda County Superior Court), 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA.

The legal system can help provide safety and protection to domestic violence victims. Going to court for a restraining order hearing or other domestic violence-related matter can be intimidating, especially if your abuser is present. If you would like support at your hearing, SAVE is here to help.

  • To request court accompaniment, call our 24-Hour Hotline at (510) 794-6055.
  • When available, a SAVE staff member or trained volunteer will accompany you to legal proceedings.
  • Our advocate will stay by your side and provide reassurance during your hearing.
  • SAVE advocates are not allowed to speak on your behalf or provide legal advice, but having a SAVE representative with you can help you feel confident, focused, and empowered.

The Empowerment Center at SAVE