Since 2008 Valley Crisis Center of Merced County has been the community’s response to violence and abuse, serving victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, while also working to prevent violence and abuse through prevention education, intervention training, and public awareness. As a member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, our program is active in the oldest and most respected coalition in the country. Statewide, our program is recognized for innovative program excellence.

Valley Crisis Center seeks to prevent intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking by advocating for positive changes in the societal systems that may lead to oppression, fostering a better understanding of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking through community education, and providing culturally relevant direct services that empower victims of abuse and their children.

As the only intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking agency in Merced County, Valley Crisis Center’s comprehensive programming serves to address many client needs under one roof. Our programs, along with those of the many community partners we collaborate with, offer practical solutions and helpful opportunities to the families we serve. Our services are free to all victims in Merced County and surrounding communities regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income level, or disability.

Primary Programs

Valley Crisis Center provides direct services to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.

Valley Crisis Center provides direct services to victims of sexual assault and their families.

Valley Crisis Advocates advocate and accompany survivors as they navigate the forensic exam after a sexual assault. Our Victim Support Specialist supports clients throughout the criminal case and follow up appointments.

Valley Crisis Center provides direct services to survivors of labor or sex trafficking and their families.

Through this program, we have a full time staff at Merced Police Department to assist victims/survivors as they arrive at the station during business hours.

UC Merced, alongside Valley Crisis Center, work together to have a fully trained advocate on campus to support students, staff and faculty who have been impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking, in addition to any other campus specific support they may need.

Through the Close to Home Project in Planada, Valley Crisis Center advocates work on outreach and prevention within Planda’s community. For more information on Close to Home, go here.

Student Advocates at Le Grand High School work to empower students to be resilient and they help create safe-spaces on campus where all students feel seen and heard through their wellness center on campus.