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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic surge, Family Services' offices are currently closed to public walk-ins.  Normal hours of operation remain while staff conducts services remotely or by appointment only. As always, essential crisis services will remain available.   Read more.

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Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

Denim Day began nearly 20 years ago as a local protest to a rape conviction overturned in Italy. Learn more about this movement's history and how you can get involved locally.

A survivor of sexual assault shares how counseling helped her heal from a sexual assault.

 A 17-year old shares how counseling helped him come to terms with abuse, mental health, and his gender identity.

Longtime volunteer Michele Lima has dedicated almost 2,000 hours to Family Services’ programs. Over the years, she has worked with survivors of domestic violence, both as a Volunteer Crisis Counselor at our emergency domestic violence shelter Karen’s House, and as a Volunteer Legal Advocate assisting survivors who are preparing for court. Michele’s passion for helping survivors eventually led her to become a Volunteer Crisis Counselor for Family Services’ Rape Crisis Center.

For me, the word “normality” means all the good things in my life before the abusive relationship. Before, I was happy with my life and who I was as a person. I knew I had flaws, but overall, I was happy with myself. When I entered an unhealthy relationship, I lost my persona and became what I thought he wanted me to be.

Forming healthy relationships is one way you can help prevent dating violence. Building the foundation for a healthy relationship starts with practicing four components: respect, equality, safety, and trust. Learn more about these foundational components and how you can put them into practice.

Family Services invites you to participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a month-long campaign focused on advocacy and education. Learn how you can get involved and prevent dating violence before it starts.

Join us this January for a four-part webinar series in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

At Freedom House, Family Services offers a continuum of services for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), labor trafficking, and sex trafficking.  In this blog post, Family Services Therapist Shawna Curry, AMFT, answers some frequently-asked questions about human trafficking and CSEC.

Staying at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic can create new safety risks for domestic violence survivors. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in proximity to their abuser, it can create circumstances where their safety is compromised, and they may need to alter their safety plan. We share this helpful COVID-19 safety planning guide from another domestic violence organization, Sanctuary for Families. Please call Family Services' hotline at 559-732-5941 anytime for guidance and support.

Family Services is closed for the Holidays from Thursday, December 24-Friday, January 1.

Rosie transformed from victim to survivor through seeking justice and safety for herself and her children.

As cases of COVID-19 surge, Family Services is modifying operations while continuing to serve individuals and families who have been affected by violence.

A medida que aumentan los casos de COVID-19, Family Services está modificando las operaciones mientras continúa sirviendo a las personas y familias que se han visto afectadas por la violencia.

This year’s Pandemic has affected everyone in some way, but for some families, it was the precipitating factor that led to experiencing food insecurity for the first time.  When Family Services started receiving calls from clients who were having trouble putting food on the table for the first time, staff and community partners stepped in to help.

As part of this virtual event, donors gave more than $42,000 to launch a collaboration with the Valley Oak SPCA to provide safe, temporary shelter and vet services for survivors' pets.

Thank you to each individual, business, and organization who participated in our 22nd Annual Mum Sale this November.  We hope each beautiful flower brought a smile to someone’s face—all while helping Family Services build safety in homes, in relationships, and for children in our community. 

Starting on Monday, October 5, Family Services will begin gradually resuming in-person services and opening each of its sites to the public for regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A partir del lunes 5 de octubre, Family Services comenzará a reanudar gradualmente los servicios en persona y a abrir cada una de sus oficinas al público durante el horario habitual de lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.

Over the past 30 years, research has established a clear link between domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse. For victims of domestic violence, finding a safe place for their pet can often mean the difference between staying in an abusive environment or seeking safety at a domestic violence shelter like Karen's House. Family Services is partnering with the Valley Oak SPCA to change that. With temporary shelter and vet care available for their pet, these victims can become survivors with the goal of reuniting with their animal as they pursue a new life of safety and security.

Family Services is looking for volunteers to join our dedicated team of crisis counselors. We provide 40-hour certification training so you'll be ready to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety and hope. Training starts in October!

Join Family Services online on October 2 for our virtual Purple Party! Join us for curbside dinner pickup, an online silent auction, livestream event, and more! This year's event proceeds will allow us to create a safe space for domestic violence survivors to feel comfortable leaving their pets temporarily while they shelter with us at Karen's House.

Family Services' Rape Crisis Center helps survivors of rape and sexual abuse understand their options, navigate the criminal and/or civil justice system, connect with resources, and make informed decisions. If you or someone you know wants more information before reaching out for our services, read our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Lisa and Patrick’s passion for helping survivors of abuse started within their own lives and family, but it has rippled out to thousands of others through their children, their business, and their involvement in the community. Learn more about their personal connection to Family Services' mission.

Ana, a victim of spousal abuse, found strength and healing through a support group and individual therapy. She hopes sharing her story will encourage other survivors to seek help.

Therapeutic Reunification gave Yesenia and her children a safe space to come back together.

Trauma-informed yoga classes provide a safe and empowering space for survivors of sexual abuse. Learn about the many benefits of this alternative therapy modality.

The Source LGBT+ Center and Family Services of Tulare County are proud to announce that as of July 1, 2020, The Source will be serving the community with funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

New Online Chat service is available for survivors of domestic violence.

Creating an online fundraiser is a great way to celebrate any special occasion while getting your friends involved in a cause you support! We've seen great success with Facebook fundraisers and invite you to host one to support Family Services of Tulare County. Here's a quick, easy guide to help you set up a fundraiser.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services has realigned its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing. Our goal for modifying the way we deliver services has been to meet our clients’ needs while protecting the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers.

Victims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable and isolated under stay at home orders. If you are experiencing abuse, here are a few things to consider to help keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services has realigned its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing. 

Due to COVID-19, courts across California have made some changes to prevent the spread of the virus. We want you to be aware of these changes so you can make the best decision for your situation. Family Services is concerned about these changes and believes that they could put many victims and their families at risk for further harm. If you are a survivor or experiencing domestic violence now, here are some things to take into consideration.

Learn how you can get involved and support survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services is working hard to realign its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing.  We'd like to update you on our plans to continue our work during this time.

Practicing social distancing by staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic can create new challenges for domestic violence survivors.  We offer a few tips for staying safe in this challenging situation.

Practicar el distanciamiento social al quedarse en casa durante la pandemia de COVID-19 puede crear nuevos desafíos para los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica. Ofrecemos algunos consejos para mantenerse seguro en esta difícil situación.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It's important to start the conversation now! The more we talk about the prevalence of Human Trafficking in our county the increased ability for victims to reach out and receive the help they need.

Want to volunteer for Family Services? Learn how you can help provide crucial support for clients we work with in our domestic violence and rape crisis programs.

Do you need a vacation? Support Family Services’ work helping children, adults and families heal from violence by donating toward our tree at the Visalia Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Auction, and be entered to win a travel voucher!

Upon completion of Family Services' 52-week Batterer’s Intervention Program, Rollen prepared a letter of responsibility to address the harm he caused his partner, his actions, and the steps he is taking to better himself.

Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, our efforts to end domestic violence and educate our community don't stop here. Learn how domestic violence impacts everyone.

Every one can do one thing to make a difference to end domestic violence. Join Family Services' efforts to spread awareness about domestic violence in our community and help raise critical support for local services.

Family Services provides critical legal advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

Gary shares his personal experience of escaping an abusive relationship and finding his joy.

We have exciting news about our prevention clubs at Woodlake High School! Learn more about ¡Los Lideres! Mobilizing Against Sexual Violence, formerly MyStrength/MyVoice, and how to get involved.

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