Domestic Violence Crisis Services

Do you think you might be suffering from domestic violence? We can help.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Compass Center works with individuals who are experiencing or have experienced emotional, verbal, physical, sexual or other forms of abuse. Compass Center’s comprehensive services provide emotional and practical support to help survivors of abuse find safety and self-sufficiency for the long-term.


Our domestic violence services are free and confidential. They are also available in English and Spanish. Services are provided to people of all races, classes, religions, ethnic groups, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Domestic Violence Support Group

This 8-week group is open to persons who have experienced or are currently experiencing abuse in an intimate partner relationship including emotional, verbal, economic, sexual, or physical abuse. Topics discussed include dynamics of domestic violence, the relationship between thoughts and feelings, boundaries, managing emotions, self-esteem, and self-care.

Domestic Violence Support Group, Part II

This 8-week group is a continuation of the Domestic Violence Support Group and open to those participants who would like to go further in their group-support experience. This group covers healthy relationships, sexuality, identity, setting boundaries, self-care and setting goals.

Domestic Violence Writing Group

This 8-week group is open to women who have experienced or are currently experiencing abuse in an intimate partner relationship including emotional, verbal, economic, sexual, or physical abuse. The group is a space to explore the use of writing in the service of healing and share writing in a safe, non-judgmental space.

Divorce, Separation, Relationship Endings: Healthy Relationships

This 8-week group is open to women who have experienced or are contemplating separation and/or divorce/termination of a long-term relationship. The group will address common issues that women face during this process, such as grief, loss, anger, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, legal and financial concerns, parenting/co-parenting issues, and managing change. The focus of the group will be to provide support, encouragement, and information in a safe, nurturing, and confidential environment.

Self-Esteem Support Group

This 8-week group is open to women who want to work on building their self-esteem and encourage others in their own journey of personal growth. Topics discussed in the group include self-compassion, self-care, and building connections with others.

Art of Healing Workshop

This workshop is offered monthly. Participants are invited to and afternoon of art-making, processing, self-care, creative expression, mindfulness and community. Participants will be led through art and writing activities with a focus on expression, hope, healing, and strengths. No previous art-making or writing experience is required.

Coping Through the Holidays Workshop

This workshop is offered annually in December as the Holidays are often a difficult time for survivors of domestic violence. Compass Center is inviting survivors to participate in this evening of sharing, learning, and community, focusing on the particular challenges of the holiday season.

Friends & Family / Secondary Survivors Workshop

Your presence and support can be an invaluable benefit to your friend or loved one. This workshop will help family; friends, and secondary survivors understand why someone stays in an abusive relationship and how to help safely. As a witness of abuse, you may want to do anything you can to make it better, yet also feel like there is nothing you can do to make it better. Join us to find answers to some of your questions and to gain a deeper understanding.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline

Domestic violence advocates provide emotional support and discuss strategies to keep victims of abuse safe before, during, and after domestic violence incidents.


Emergency Housing

The most dangerous time for a victim of domestic abuse is when they leave their abuser. In July 2020 Compass Center launched the Safe Homes, New Lives campaign to provide emergency housing to survivors of domestic violence and their families in Orange County. As of March 2021,we already have 2 operational apartments available for our clients. We plan to have 2 more apartments available by June 2021. 

Crisis Counseling

We talk to people over the phone or in person at our office. We can also help people who are unsure if their relationship is abusive and would like to talk to someone about this.

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Legal Support

Compass Center court advocates help people navigate both civil and criminal court as they take legal action to find safety and move forward with their lives. Court advocates help victims file Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Safety Planning

We provide information and options and allow those we assist to make their own choices about the best options for them. Safety planning is an important technique to consider when victims are staying in an abusive relationship or intend to leave. Several things should be considered.  Personalized safety planning is available in English and Spanish.

Please call our 24-hour hotline at 919-929-7122 if you would like to speak with an advocate about a personal plan for your daily safety. 

View our Brief Safety Planning sheet for some tips on safety planning.

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Mental Health Access Program

Affordable therapy is a gap for trauma survivors looking for symptom relief and healing. We provide 16 one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist for domestic violence victims and their families.

  Support Groups  

Rebuilding life after abuse can feel lonely and overwhelming. Compass Center’s support groups, led by trained facilitators, allow survivors to find healing and strength through shared experiences.  Support groups offer an opportunity for individuals with shared experiences to come together in a safe space, to work on their own healing processes and offer support and encouragement to one another. The goal of the support groups is to help members cope with stressful life events and as a result, help members feel revitalized and strong.


Groups are held in a safe location, and all discussions during group meeting are kept confidential. Joining these groups and attending workshops are free. Our support groups are also offered in Spanish, and childcare is provided at no cost. Please see below for details regarding our various support groups and workshops.


For more information about our support groups, please contact the support group coordinator at 919-968-4610 or email  for groups in English and for Spanish-language groups, or call 919-929-7122..  

  Housing Micro-Grant Program  

Compass Center’s Housing Micro-Grant Program provides access to transitional housing for survivors who have been displaced by violence, or for whom a lack of housing contributes to their lack of safety. Survivors in our housing program receive financial support towards rent, moving expenses, and utilities, along with case management services.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, as funding permits.

Housing Grant FAQs

Who is eligible for the Housing Program?

In order to qualify for the grant, a client must:

  • Be a survivor of domestic or family violence

  • Have experienced housing instability as a result of domestic or family violence that occurred within the last 18 months

  • Be either 18+ or an emancipated minor

  • Be able to meet with Compass Center staff once a month

  • Be able to live safely without 24 hour access to staff support

Preference is given to clients who live in Orange County or have recently fled Orange County because of domestic violence.

I am having trouble paying my rent. Can Compass Center’s Housing Grant help me stay in my current home?

The best way to start a Housing Grant application is to call Compass Center’s hotline at (919) 929-7122. The advocate will ask you some brief questions to determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements for the program. If you cannot call, you can email the Housing Coordinator at If you are eligible for the program, you will be asked to fill out an application and complete a 30-40 minute interview with a staff member. After the interview, it will take one to two weeks for staff to review your application.

Is there any way to expedite the application process?

The short answer is no. In order to be fair to all applicants, we review applications in the order they are completed. If you need emergency help, please tell an advocate and we will do our best to connect you with a program that can offer that.

How much support does this program offer? How long does the support last?

The program can offer up to $5,000 of support, depending on family size. We are able to pay for moving expenses, utilities, and deposits for rent and utilities. We are also able to pay up to four full months of rent, up to 50% of the client’s income or fair market rate, whichever is lower. The support generally lasts for four months, although in some cases can be extended to up to six months.

I need somewhere to stay tonight. Can this program help?

Compass Center is happy to assist you in looking for emergency housing, but unfortunately the Housing Micro-Grant Program is unable to assist with emergency needs. From the time someone applies to the program to when they move into new housing can be between three and eight weeks, depending on their specific needs. Please contact the Compass Center Hotline if you are in need of emergency housing.

Who can I contact if I have other questions about the program?

You can call our hotline number, or email We are excited to hear from you!