Domestic Violence

If you have experienced domestic violence, please use these resources to get yourself into a safe situation.

These organizations are trained to assist victims of domestic violence and will ensure your confidentiality and provide a warm environment. There are also counseling and legal services available to help you regain control of your life.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911 and try to reach one of the emergency shelters. Remember that domestic violence is a crime and there is legal action you can take to ensure your safety.

Know your rights

  • Domestic Violence is a CRIME. It is against the law in all states.
  • You have the right to a restraining order against your abuser.
  • You may have the right to sue your abuser for damages, whether they be monetary, physical, or emotional.
  • You have a right to confidentiality. You can deny your information being put in a shared database or public profile (ex. HMIS)
  • You have the right to be informed of proceedings and events in the criminal justice process, including the release or escape of the offender, legal rights and remedies, available benefits and services, access to records, referrals and other information.
  • In California, you have the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the right to reasonable accommodations upon request from the employee
  • A domestic-violence (DV) waiver means you can be excused from a CalWORKs program rule if your family would be placed at risk, unfairly penalized, or more likely to stay or go back to your abuser.
Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS)

11 Quail Run Circle, Salinas, CA 93901 I Phone: (831) 422-8602 I
24/7 Local Crisis Lines: (831)-372-6300 or (831)-757-1001

YWCA-MC has a Domestic Violence Response Team Advocate on-site and ready to respond to any calls regarding Domestic Violence response in Monterey County. The Domestic Violence Response Team advocate can be reached by calling 831-646-3444

Domestic Violence Response Team Program Advocate – DVRT provides:

  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Lethality/risk assessments
  • Safety planning
  • Restraining order assistance
  • Referral systems as needed to victims of Domestic Violence and their children
  • The advocate is available after-hours for any emergency call-out situation.
  • After-care contact with victims with direct access to the YWCA Monterey County’s Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Our 24-hour crisis line is always ready to assist you. +1-831-372-6300

ALL INQUIRIES ARE CONFIDENTIAL. If you are fleeing domestic violence, you can contact one of the numbers below or use our form. Staff will confidentially discuss your situation with you and make arrangements to place you into our shelter on the same day if space is available.

  • Natividad Emergency Shelter
    Salinas, California
    Phone (831) 422-2201
  • Hamilton House Shelter
    Marina, California
    Phone (831) 394-8372

829 San Benito St #300, Hollister, CA 95023 I Phone: (831) 636-7224
24 Hour Emergency Hotline: (877) 778-7978

Emmaus House is a 24/7 operation, staffed with caring and trained advocates committed to serving women and children as they begin their journey towards a life free of violence. We are a place where women are empowered to begin rebuilding their lives and children feel safe, loved, and nurtured.

  • Temporary Shelter
  • Emergency food and clothing
  • Play/Art Therapy for Children
  • Safety and Wellness Planning
  • Housing referrals
  • Job referrals and support
  • Onsite computer Lab for letters and resume writing, etc.