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Unsafe at Home: CSUN’s Strength United Continues to Support Abuse and Assault Survivors, Despite Social Distancing

May 26, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has required people to stay at home as much as possible. For those in abusive households, “Safer at Home” orders heightened the risk factors associated with child maltreatment, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Read more

Supporting Our Community Under COVID-19

May 12, 2020

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We know that the new “Safer at Home” order will have a detrimental impact on the people and communities we serve. Effective Wednesday, March 18, we have temporarily closed our offices on CSUN campus, and in Northridge and Newhall. The Family Justice Center in Van Nuys will remain a 24/7 Acute Response Center.StrengthUnited remains available to our clients, families, partners and community and will continue to meet the needs of the community through the continuation of our 24/7 Hotline. Our 24/7 hotline is fully staffed and ready to assist all, including those experiencing COVID-19 anxiety. Read more

Research Opportunity for Survivors of Unwanted Sexual Experiences

May 12, 2020


Have you had an unwanted sexual experience that affected your employment? Are you 18 or older? If so, we want to hear about the experience and support you received. The survey is anonymous, and you can enter a raffle to win a $25 Visa gift card! Please follow this link to the survey.

This research is being conducted at California State University-Northridge under the direction of Dr. Katherine Lorenz, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, 19111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA. Office: 818-677-5192. Read more

Become a State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor

April 21, 2020

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MFT Students and Community: Attend our 60-hour virtual training and become a State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor.

Volunteer sexual assault counselors provide:

- Crisis counseling on our 24-hour hotline and onsite emotional support at medical exams, police stations and courts to survivors of sexual violence.
- One 6.5 hour hotline shift per week.
- Attend monthly advocate supervision.
- Counselors do not need any previous training or experience.
MFT Volunteers will also: 
- Facilitate individual and group counseling for survivors of trauma

Submit the application to Read more

StrengthUnited lobbies Elected Officials for support of Family Justice Center’s

April 17, 2020


At the beginning of March, StrengthUnited visited with our local State Elected Officials and their staff in Sacramento. We went to the capital to lobby in support of a one-time 10 million dollar budget request for continued state funding for Family Justice Centers (FJC) across California, authored by Assemblymember Tim Grayson. At the moment, California is home to 24 centers, with 10 centers opening in the near future. StrengthUnited opened the first FJC in Los Angeles County and is located in Van Nuys, California.... Read more


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