Valley Center for Prevention of Family Violence operates two clinics in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, that provide counseling services and education to victims, perpetrators and children who have experienced violence in the home. This facility was founded in 1988 by LMFT Virginia Baldioli, who has over 30 years experience working in this field. Valley Center offers group counseling on a variety of subjects, some of which are offered in both Spanish and English.
Treatment and Staff
The services through Valley Center are either in class or group form. Groups can be gender specific or co-ed, and can include shelter referrals and crisis intervention if needed. The parenting classes offer alternative methods to punishment other than psychical, and aim to open up lines of communication. Valley Center works with a vast population of people from crime victims, court and probation departments, child and family services and private individuals. In many cases they help clients identify the cycle of abuse and get to the root of where the abuse started.
Group counseling sessions are held in the evenings Mondays through Fridays, and mornings on Saturdays. If a client is referred to classes through the court system there is a mandatory evaluation process they have to go through before their program is completed in order to graduate. There are also weekly groups for men who have been convicted of sexual abuse that meets for a minimum of a year, and a co-ed group for parents who have children who have experienced some sort of sexual abuse and didn’t protect their kids adequately. Other court ordered classes include the domestic violence track that usually runs between six months and a year. This group is open to both men and women and focuses on and non-violent conflict resolution and abuse prevention. Though this class is commonly referred by the courts, there are also some voluntary clients who attend as well.
A common thread in these tracks is discussing anger management, codependency and impulse control. There is also a focus on the role that drugs and alcohol often play in these scenarios, and how these actions affect children down the line.
In addition to this facility founder and director, staff includes MSWs, LCSWs, and additional licensed therapists who specialize in domestic violence and victims groups.
Valley Center is able to provide childcare services during sessions and classes.
Valley Center offers sheds some light on domestic violence and offers alternative coping methods when it comes to anger and impulse control. With the statistics showing that 50% of batterers were victims themselves as children, Valley Center wants to break this cycle of abuse and build a healthier community.
Valley Center for Prevention of Family Violence
6850 Van Nuys Blvd #202
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Valley Center for Prevention of Family Violence Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Valley Center for Prevention of Family Violence by phone at (818) 786-2079 or by email at [email protected]. Find Valley Center for Prevention of Family Violence on Facebook
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