Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt
24 Hour Crisis Hotline 1-877-727-3225
Provides support and guidance for callers experiencing a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis.
Helping People, Changing Lives
Since January 1, 2017,
The Barbara Saville Shelter has housed 26 women and 40 children who were homeless and are victims of domestic violence
The Barbara Saville shelter has housed 8 women and 6 children who were homeless
The KCAO Legal Advocate assisted 91 victims of domestic violence with temporary restraining orders at no cost to the victim
Barbara Saville Shelter
The Barbara Saville Women's Shelter provides a living environment for men, women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence. Women and children who are homeless due to unforeseen circumstances and life situations are also welcome at the shelter when space is available. Services are provided using a Culturally Responsible and Trauma Informed Approach.
Due to the nature of the facility, intakes are conducted at the Barbara Saville Business Office which is located at 1208 N. Douty Street, Hanford; the location of the Barbara Saville Women's Shelter is kept confidential.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.
KCAO provides trained Sexual Assault Advocates that will help prisoners through their own healing process and ensure they obtain appropriate services while incarcerated.
KCAO’s trained Legal Advocate, Intake Specialist assist clients with obtaining protective orders, accompany clients to court, police interviews or other legal settings, and provide referrals and references as necessary per each individual client’s case.
Legal Advocacy Program
KCAO’s trained Legal Advocate/Intake Specialists assist clients with obtaining protective orders, accompany clients to court, police interview or other legal settings and provides referrals and references as necessary per each individual client’s case. The Legal Advocacy Program deals with domestic violence, restraining orders, referrals to other companies and court accompaniment.
Trained advocates provide support and referrals to victims and are available to accompany the victim through the healing process. Professional therapy by a licensed therapist is also provided to the sexual assault victims.
Rape Prevention Education
Rape is a serious issue in the United States, California, and here locally in Kings County, California. Rape and sexual assault are violent crimes that can happen to anyone. Victims can be working women, homemakers, students, grandmothers, children, the rich, the poor, and even men. Sexual assault can happen anywhere at any time. There is no prescribed setting where an assault might occur.
Kings Community Action Organization operates a Rape Crisis and Rape Prevention Education program for all victims of rape and abuse in Kings County.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE)
Trained volunteers and/or staff respond as the advocate for the sexual assault victim during the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE). Advocates also provide referrals to the victims and are available to accompany the victim through the legal process. Professional Therapy by a licensed therapist is also provided to the sexual assault victims.