Center For Violence-Free Relationships

Find out what it feels like to be Santa

“During the holiday, my abuser had thrown away all of our belongings, including toys and clothes. We had to start over from scratch and I had no money to replace any of the items,” stated a former client of The Center for Violence-free Relationships. “For our clients, this time of year brings too little joy […]

Gala raises funds to fight domestic violence

“In the early years the original founders were housing women in their homes and garages,” stated Mary Korkeila, CFO and unofficial historian for the Center for Violence-free Relationships. Formerly the El Dorado Women’s Center, the Center for Violence-free Relationships was incorporated in 1979 to meet the needs of displaced homemakers. In the 18-month period that […]

Walk a Mile goes along way to reduce sexual violence

This year marks the Center for Violence-free Relationships’ 13th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff recently reported that the incidents of rape in El Dorado County increased by […]

Son’s suicide prompts local mom into action

For a parent, losing a child can be so debilitating that it is impossible to move forward. But when Lisa Ford Berry’s youngest son, Michael, killed himself on his 17th birthday while at a high school in Sacramento, she was motivated to action. Ford Berry said that her son killed himself in response to relentless […]

Men to walk a mile in her shoes

There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Last year, on a bright sunny Saturday in May, seven El Dorado County male community leaders were spotted walking a mile in four-inch red high heels down Placerville’s Main Street. This elite group of men walked […]

Take a walk in her shoes

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month What: Community March to End Sexual Assault Who: Center for Violence-free Relationships Where: Start at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, May 4, 9:30 p.m. Information: 530-626-1450 or 916-939-4464 or visit The Center for Violence-free Relationships will hold its 11th annual Community March to End Sexual Assault on Saturday, […]

Workshop offers communication tools for relationships

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships has a seven-week workshop underway called “Communicating from Your Heart” and designed to teach individuals communication skills that will help them improve their relationships at home and at work. The workshop is on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and started on Nov. 5. It will continue until Dec. 17. […]

Getting Beyond Assumptions Workshop offered

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships is offering a workshop on getting beyond assumptions and communicating from the heart on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. The workshop will focus on teaching participants how to state facts versus evaluations and focus on stating details instead of our perception. “Most arguments focus on someone being right, ” Positive […]

Demand for domestic violence services up in down economy

A recent survey released by the Mary Kay Foundation shows that the persistent economic downturn has had a serious impact on domestic violence shelters. The “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey” reveals that not only have shelters seen an increase in the number of domestic violence survivors seeking help nationwide, but the abuse is more […]

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