Victims of violence in San Joaquin County will now have a resource for trauma recovery counseling. The center is one of six in the state providing this sort of counseling.
California's Victim Compensation Program awarded a two-year, $700,000 grant to the non-profit organization Fathers and Families of San Joaquin to run the trauma recovery center.
The grant pays for psychiatrists, psychologists and other case workers to counsel those affected by violence.
Executive Director Sammy Nunez says violence can produce symptoms from depression to suicide and affect the entire family.
"Children that experience, for example, domestic violence are just as traumatized as their moms who are experiencing the physical abuse," says Nunez. "Whether it's gang violence, youth-to-youth violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or any of the other ways violence shows up, we are redirecting the attention toward something more conducive towards healing."
Nunez says among the main goals is interrupting violence and preventing retaliation such as in gang violence.