Current research suggests that up to 10 million children witness domestic violence in the United States each year. Additionally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach the age of 18.

Children exposed to intimate partner violence are often referred to as the “unseen victims.” Even though violence may be occurring only between the adults in the home, the children witnessing such situations are negatively affected as well. These children may try to protect the victim and consequently be physically harmed. Also, children tend to think they are the cause of the violence in the home.

The effects of intimate partner violence and abuse on children can produce significant deterioration in a child’s behavioral, emotional, physical, social and cognitive functioning. Some of the negative effects include:

  • Aggression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Restlessness
  • Poor academic performance
  • Withdrawal from relationships with family and friends
  • Fear

The Children’s Program’s goal is to provide comprehensive treatment and services to children who have experienced or witnessed abuse. Tahoe SAFE Alliance supports children who are at affected by abuse by providing advocacy, accompaniment, and support groups as well as individual counseling.  Our program is designed to help children understand that THEY ARE NOT responsible for the actions of the people that have harmed them. The program also helps them heal from the trauma of violence and abuse, and how to be safe at home and in the community.  Read about the successful outcome of one of our child clients!

Violence is a learned behavior and Tahoe SAFE Alliance strives to stop the cycle of violence within families by providing a broad range of services to youth and families in our community.  These include:

Advocacy & Accompaniment

If your child is a victim of child abuse and needs advocacy within the medical, legal, or educational systems, Tahoe SAFE Alliance can provide support and accompaniment for you and your child.  Our Advocates can guide and inform you and your family about the resources available.  Additionally, the Children’s Program may be able to offer financial assistance for needs related to the abuse.

Counseling Services

Tahoe SAFE Alliance provides free unlimited individual counseling sessions for child victims of abuse.  Our counseling services includes use of in house licensed clinicians as well as contracted licensed clinicians in the community.  We are able to ensure that all children who qualify are able to receive therapy to help process the trauma they have experienced with the best fit for therapy services for them.  Our Kings Beach office houses a beautiful therapy room, which has a multitude of art and play therapy.  The Children’s Program therapists can also travel in the community to best suit the needs of the youth in the North Lake Tahoe, Truckee region.

Therapeutic Groups

Therapeutic groups provide an opportunity for children and youth to learn and practice positive coping skills, healthy communication, and develop positive relationships with peers and adults.   Group outings are offered throughout the year to participants in the Children’s Program.   Outings include ski adventures, hiking, kayaking, yoga, and creative arts workshops.

Parent Support & Education

Not only does the Children’s Program support children, but also parents.   We offer parent education classes tailored to your needs and availability.   Parent education is offered in an individual and group setting.   The education is specific to parents who have lived through domestic violence and want to re-establish a safe, healthy home environment for their family to thrive.

You can help make a difference in the life of an abused child.  Donate or volunteer today!

For more information about the Children’s program or any of the groups it offers, please contact the Children’s Program Manager at 530-546-7804 or send an email to penny@tahoesafealliance.org.

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