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CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

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CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)

Offers emergency housing, counseling, support groups and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence.

Description:

CORA provides safety, support and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educates the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. CORA offers a 24-hour hotline, emergency housing, counseling, support groups, legal assistance and more to anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse. Services are offered free of charge.

Location

2211 Palm Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 37.546624 -122.3061735 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair

Services

Children's Services

Service Description:

CORA’s Children’s Program provides critically-needed, free services for children impacted by intimate partner abuse, with a targeted focus on family strengthening, promotion of positive relationships, brain development, recovery/healing from trauma, and educational support, that families confronted with abuse could not otherwise access. Program features include: Building Emotional Understanding parenting skills education, Children’s Integrative Resiliency Program, Window Between Worlds therapeutic art program, child/parent assessments, child watch, safety planning, school readiness support, Multi-Sensory Environments (for children with sensory needs), and Video Relay Services (for deaf/hard-of-hearing children). This service has been in operation since 2010.

Audience:

Women, children, teens and men experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Eligibility:

CORA serves anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse.

How to Apply:

Please call the 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080) to learn more and discuss services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
Legal Services

Service Description:

CORA’s experienced legal team provides a safety net of legal services that help survivors of intimate partner abuse with the intimidating task of entering and navigating complex legal systems. CORA attorneys, legal advocate, and volunteers provide trauma-informed representation, advocacy, court accompaniment, and court preparation to survivors in their family law matters including restraining order, child custody, support, and dissolution of marriage proceedings. The legal team operates a free Legal Line, which provides intimate partner abuse related legal advice, information, and referrals to community resources. Last fiscal year, the legal team responded to over 1,500 calls on this hotline. This service has been in operation since 2002.

Audience:

Women, children, teens and men experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Eligibility:

CORA serves anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse.

How to Apply:

Please call the 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080) to learn more and discuss services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
Safe House Program

Service Description:

CORA operates the only Safe Houses in San Mateo County. Our Safe Houses are geared towards crisis intervention and designed to help survivors heal and re-build a violence-free life. Our Safe House program is open to any individual or family in need of a confidential location. We make every effort to accommodate anyone in need of services through our program or via linkages to other programs. There is no gender requirement and no age restrictions for adults entering with minor children. CORA serves 200 survivors through this program each year. This service has been in operation since 1977.

How to Apply:

Please call the 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080) to learn more and discuss services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
Family Centered Mental Health Services

Service Description:

CORA offers individual and family-based therapy and therapeutic support groups in both Spanish and English. Counseling and support groups help survivors heal from the effects of trauma (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression), reduce the likelihood of re-victimization, and encourage self-sufficiency skills. This service has been in operation since 2007.

Audience:

Women, children, teens and men experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Eligibility:

CORA serves anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse.

How to Apply:

Please call the 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080) to learn more and discuss services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies
Supportive Housing Program

Service Description:

CORA’s Supportive Housing program provides survivors with safe housing solutions, including: (1) subsidized housing for up to a year while they stabilize; or (2) subsidized housing for up to three years in which they can then remain permanently in the unit. Supportive Housing survivors are matched with CORA advocates who provide practical and emotional support to successfully acquire resources and navigate systems. Survivors begin their work in the SHP by creating an individualized plan for housing stability and self-sufficiency. Throughout the term of their service with CORA, survivors meet with their advocate to assess their progress in achieving goals identified in their plan and adapting it as needed to address changing conditions in their life. To ensure their continued success, survivors have access to support and programming through CORA even after they have met their goals. This service has been in operation since 2001.

Audience:

Women, children, teens and men experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Eligibility:

CORA serves anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse.

How to Apply:

Please call the 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080) to learn more and discuss services.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
24- Hour Crisis Hotline (Multilingual)

Service Description:

CORA’s Crisis Hotline is the only intimate partner abuse specific hotline in San Mateo County. Trained Crisis Counselors provide callers with crisis intervention, safety planning, access to our emergency safe houses, and community referrals. Our hotline provides informed safety planning options, counseling, emotional support, access to resources, education and information on the identification of intimate partner abuse and violence and tools that promote safe and healthy relationships. An average of 6,000 requests for service from the hotline are answered every year. This service has been in operation since 1977.

Fees:

None.

Audience:

Women, children, teens and men experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Eligibility:

CORA serves anyone experiencing intimate partner abuse.

How to Apply:

No application is necessary to call the hotline. Just dial 1-800-300-1080.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County