April 2021 Newsletter
Upcoming Events

Something exciting is blossoming here at DVS! 🌷

Please stay tuned for more information about our May Flowers event and 30-day interactive fundraiser.

Save the date for the virtual kick-off on May 17!
April Awareness Month Activities
..Sexual Assault Awareness Month..

STESA has a month packed full of activities and events. Download the April calendar!

How can youth get involved?

"We want to uplift youth voices with our Create to Prevent campaign because we know that youth are being exposed to sexual assault through different avenues.

We are asking community members, specifically youth, to continue the conversation around sexual assault in a creative way. We are asking participants to submit a creation of any medium - painting, drawing, poetry, TikTok video - that focuses on the topic of sexual assault, specifically cyber sexual harassment, consent, supporting survivors, or boundaries. We will be choosing winners in different categories and they will get the chance to win a pair of Beats headphones, gift cards, and STESA swag! We will then showcase submissions on our social media at the end of April." - Bianca Orozco, Community Education Coordinator, STESA

To participate, please email Bianca at bianca@sbstesa.org or complete the registration from.

What is Denim Day?

On April 28, 2021, millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence.
DVS will be participating again this year - check our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages on April 28 to see our staff and board rocking their denim in support of SAAM.
..Child Abuse Prevention Month..

Please follow NCRCCPC's Facebook page! They are consistently posting throughout April and sharing different topics as they relate to sexual assault and child abuse awareness.

We also highly recommend watching their mini-documentary about the important work they do in our community: Amplifying All Voices!

“We’ve had quite a bit of success with our four pinwheel plantings for Child Abuse Awareness.This symbol of a child’s innocence is on display in the cities of Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Maria, and Guadalupe. Each pinwheel represents five referrals. It’s quite the visual reminder to the community that our children are our precious resource and we must all work together to end child abuse. This is our fifth year planting pinwheels in cooperation with First 5 Santa Barbara County, CALM, and People Helping People." - Ann McCarty, Executive Director, NCRCCPC
Congrats, DVS Staff!
..Miriam Ceballos..

Wonderful Miriam has been promoted to our North County Lead Advocate! Miriam will be absolutely amazing in this leadership role!
..Mari Jimenez..

Mari has transitioned from our North County Lead Advocate to our Housing First Advocate! We are so excited to see her thrive in her new position and are so grateful for all she does.
..Mikay Molina..

Welcome to our DVS family, Mikay! We are thrilled that she is joining the team as our new North County Client Advocate.
Special Shoutout
We are so incredibly grateful for all of the sorority sisters at UCSB Sigma Alpha Zeta (SAZ) who support us at their annual Run For Love...and year-round!

We truly cannot express our thanks enough.

This amazing group works tirelessly to raise awareness about domestic violence. They help make UCSB, our community, and the world a better place.

Thank you for all you do, SAZ!
Special thanks to our amazing DVS Angel, Marleen!

She has been a longtime consistent supporter and we are always blown away by her generosity. She makes sure that our clients have everything they need to be safe and comfortable.

We are so grateful for her and everything she does to support domestic violence survivors in our community!

Thank you again, Marleen!