A woman experiencing domestic violence is often in serious danger. Center for Domestic Peace provides a safe, confidential refuge for battered women and their children. Shelter staff help women evaluate their options and make future plans. Shelter residents also receive medical assistance, food and clothing, support groups, children's services, parenting groups, housing assistance, child care, and transportation.
With the help of support services, residents begin the process of transitioning to independent, violence-free lives, and obtain permanent housing.
Second Step is a long-term, transitional living facility for women and their children from Marin County and throughout the Bay Area who have experienced domestic violence. It provides these women with time to rebuild their lives and get support to obtain resources to achieve economic independence. Services include weekly practical and emotional support groups to help women remain free from abuse and establish independent lives. Family advocates provide crisis intervention and referrals to numerous social, legal, and medical agencies. Family advocates also work with residents to develop and implement a self-sufficiency plan for economic independence.
Center for Domestic Peace is the only organization in Marin County that provides transitional housing coupled with support programs for women and their children. Second Step was one of the first such programs of its type in the nation. The facility was opened in 1983 and provides a communal room for support meetings, potluck dinners, an art room for children's activities, and an outdoor area with a play structure. In 2003, additional units were secured and added. Today, there are 21 units!