See our Events page for a blog post from MaiBao Yang, Crisis Response Specialist, reflecting on serving the the API community. 10.23.15

--- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This year, Haven will be partnering with Gallo Center for the Arts for their annual Dia de los Muertos event.

If you wish to participate and honor the memory of loved ones who have died as a result of domestic violence, please see our Events page for more information.

Holiday Letter:

Each December, Haven conducts a Holiday Letter fundraiser. The actual design and format changes a little from year to year, but the basic structure remains the same. It is a mail solicitation fundraiser designed to reach a broad audience of people who want to help support Haven's work. Some years we have used artwork from children in our shelter, and some years we have used stories from people we have served.

The Holiday Letter is one of our core fundraisers, and we depend on it to help get us through the winter until our Spring fundraiser. If you have received services from Haven, and if you would like to share part of your story in this year's Holiday Letter to help people understand how vital it is that our services be supported, please e-mail me at or call me at 209-524-4331, ext 126.

Thank you,

May Rico

Executive Director


 Haven is a catalyst for individual empowerment and societal change.  Haven:

  • Promotes safety and healing for women and children impacted by domestic or sexual violence
  • Dedicates itself to a non-judgmental, holistic, client centered approach through advocacy, education, and supportive services
  • Believes in honoring our heritage and validating the feelings and experiences of the many lives touched by violence against women

Hurt comes in many forms. If you or someone you know is being (or has been) hurt physically, emotionally,or sexually, there is support, safety, and healing available. Whether you are in a current abusive situation, have been out of it for years, have been sexually assaulted recently, or were sexually abused as a child - we can help.

Bad experiences are not always something you can just forget about. You probably have already tried to ignore it, numb it, cover it up, work through it, or go around it, only to find you keep running into the same wall! You may even find that you:

  • Have trouble sleeping.
  • Have major fluctuations in weight or eating habits.
  • Have difficulty concentrating at work or at school.
  • Feel increasingly isolated from people you care about.
  • Feel hopeless about the future.
  • Keep going over old events in your mind, despite your attempts to forget about it.
  • Have questions that you need answered.
  • Want to make changes, but don't know where to start.

You are not alone!

While there are not any easy answers, there are safe places to talk through your thoughts, feelings, and options. There is no judgment here, only a listening ear who will allow you to talk through different options. While friends or family members may force advice on you, we will empower you to go along your path, on your timetable. Here are some of the services you can explore on this site:

  • Support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Legal advocacy including help with restraining orders and someone to go to court with you;
  • Peer Counseling;
  • Individual Therapy Services;
  • Referrals to trusted professionals;
  • Confidential shelter services for women and children fleeing a violent situation for 3-60 days;
  • Case management services to help you explore resources available to improve your safety and increase your options.

Feel free to explore this site, or

call our 24-hour crisis line at:


  •       (209) 577-5980  (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  •       toll-free 1-888-45HAVEN   (24 hours, 7 days a week), or


Call our Modesto office at (209) 524-4331 or the Turlock office at 209-664-9131 (8:30am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday)

Our physical and public mailing address is 618 13th Street, Modesto, CA  95354.  The physical and mailing address for our Turlock site is 301 Starr Ave., Turlock, CA  95380

We are happy to answer your questions and provide support.