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Hey y'all! I have a friend in the Bay Area who's in the process of… 
8th-May-2014 10:13 am
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Hey y'all! I have a friend in the Bay Area who's in the process of disengaging from an abusive relationship. They need assistance getting emotional, therapeutic, and financial support, and a sympathetic doctor. Does anyone know what resources are available out there? The person wishes to stay anonymous, but will see anything posted here.
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8th-May-2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
This isn't a direct resource (unless she is pregnant), but if she likes I can put her in touch with friends at the Bay Area Doula Project (http://badp.squarespace.com/), who I bet could connect her with good resources.
8th-May-2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know of anything directly offhand, but the person can try contacting his or her county offices to see if there is a victim/witness agency or a Domestic Violence group in the area. They can usually direct people to what they need.

Also, if the person is working and has an EAP, try reaching out to them as well.

Good luck, and take care!

Edited at 2014-05-08 03:03 pm (UTC)
8th-May-2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'll cheerfully recommend the place I went to for therapy after I lost the cruise ship job: California Counseling Institute. They offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay - I paid $20/session, admittedly with an intern. I think it's $30 if you want someone with letters after their name. They can also help her investigate other sources of emotional support.

Wish I could help with the financial thing...

And I'll second rubian77's vote for trying the county. I think every bay area county offers a crisis phone line that she can call and they should be able to point her in the direction of whatever county services exist.
8th-May-2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
PS: I don't know where she is, but if she's in Alameda county, they set the bar for assistance at three times the federal poverty level. Basically if you're on unemployment (but not at max benefit) you'll qualify for *something*

http://www.alamedasocialservices.org/public/services/food_assistance/

This kept me alive in the spring/summer of 2012.
8th-May-2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Passed along from someone else:

For medical care in SF, there's Lyon-Martin. They will likely know of other resources:
http://lyon-martin.org/

And this site has a good list of resources all around the bay:
http://www.feministtherapy.org/domestic-abuse-family-violence-prevention-links/
8th-May-2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Seconding Lyon-Martin.
11th-May-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
I don't really know what there is, but I've signal-boosted.
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