Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center

About This Program

Target Population: Anyone who has experienced domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, or sex trafficking and their affected children

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

Program Overview

Your Safe Place (YSP) provides free, confidential, comprehensive, safe, and supportive services to anyone who has or is experiencing domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, or sex trafficking. Recipients of services can be adults, seniors, children, and teens. Services are provided regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, income, and immigration status.

Program Goals

The goals of those receiving services from Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center are:

  • Regain control of their life
  • Regain a sense of safety and well-being
  • Heal from trauma
  • Rebuild their life
  • Obtain a Gun Violence Restraining Orders to remove firearms from dangerous situations before potential tragedies occur, if needed

Logic Model

View the Logic Model for Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center.

Essential Components

The essential components of Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center include:

  • Ensuring that all services offered are confidential to create a safe environment for clients seeking support
  • Collaborating with a team of dedicated community partners and volunteers to deliver services effectively and efficiently in a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed manner
  • Raising awareness in the community about domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and sex trafficking to promote prevention and intervention
  • Offering services free of charge, ensuring accessibility to those in need
  • Types of services include:
    • Safety planning
    • Advocacy
    • Government program assistance
      • CalFresh – Food
      • CalWORKS – Employment
      • MediCal – Low-income insurance
    • Childcare while receiving services with Head Start programming
    • Clothing and emergency items
    • Confidential address requests
    • Counseling:
      • Individual
      • Group
    • Peer-to-peer support groups:
      • Boys/Men
      • English
      • Spanish
      • Sexual Assault
    • Court support:
      • E-filing of DVROs
      • Court preparation
      • Court accompaniment
      • Remote court appearances
    • Housing locating assistance:
      • Emergency
      • Transitional
      • Short-term
      • Long-term
    • Financial literacy and job placement programming
    • Food
    • Forensic interviews of children
    • Forensic interviews and examinations of adults
    • Health and well-being services
    • Housing for pets
    • Law enforcement assistance, if requested:
      • Copies of police reports
      • Criminal protective orders
      • Speaking to detectives
      • Status of criminal cases
    • Legal assistance:
      • Family Court
      • Immigration
      • Vacaturs
      • Restitution
    • Locksmith services
    • Military assistance
    • Mobile Clinics in the Community
    • Safe Phones
    • Substance use and abuse assistance
    • Restraining orders:
      • Domestic Violence
      • Civil Harassment
      • Gun Violence
    • Transportation
  • Services for children and adolescents of parents who experienced domestic violence:
    • Developmental assessments
    • Teach regulation skills and coping tools

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • The impacts of trauma, depression/suicide, lived in a situation involving domestic/family violence, and/or experienced commercial sexual exploitation

Adult Services

Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:

  • Experiencing or has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, elder abuse, or family violence
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: When appropriate, YSP’s children’s counselors will include parents/guardians in child/family counseling sessions. YSP serves direct and derivative (i.e., secondary, extended) family members who are also impacted by the violence/trauma experienced.

Recommended Intensity:

Clients use the program’s services and the community partners’ services as needed.

Recommended Duration:

The duration of programming is up to the recipient of the services. The program does not impose limits on services.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Daily Living Setting
  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
  • Other
  • School Setting (Including: Day Care, Day Treatment Programs, etc.)


This program does not include a homework component.


Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Community support from local government, nonprofits, and domestic violence, trafficking, sexual assault, and elder and family violence community agencies
  • Space for co-location for onsite partners
  • Dedicated YSP team to oversee services and projects
  • Dedicated staff from on and offsite community partners

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Expertise and experience in the field of family violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. A team of professionals such as law enforcement, attorneys, social workers, advocates, medical, counselors, chaplains, etc. who are willing to co-locate, collaborate, and provide sensitive, coordinated services.

Manual Information

There is not a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
  • Diane Doherty, Executive Director
    Your Safe Place - A Family Justice Center

    phone: (619) 533-6000
Training Type/Location:
  • Onsite
  • Regional
  • National
  • International
Number of days/hours:

The length of training varies depending on the needs of the community or center that requests training.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Your Safe Place (YSP) – A Family Justice Center.

Additional References

Carney, A. (2004, May/June). The San Diego Family Justice Center: A year of experience and intervention. Forensic Nurse.

Gwinn, C., & Strack, G. (2006). Hope for hurting families: Creating Family Justice Centers across America. Volcano Press.

Zimmerman, E. (2006, September). Where broken families find hope & justice. San Diego Magazine.

Contact Information

Delilah Khoshaba
Agency/Affiliation: Your Safe Place – A Family Justice Center
Phone: (619) 533-6000

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2024

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2024

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2007