BAWAR is a 24 hour crisis response agency serving primarily Alameda County residents. All survivor services we provide are 100% free to the public. 

BAWAR es una agencia de respuesta a crisis las 24 horas que atiende principalmente a los residentes del condado de Alameda. Todos los servicios para sobrevivientes que brindamos son 100% gratuitos para el público.

Alameda County includes the following cities and unincorporated areas*:  Alameda, Albany, Ashland*, Berkeley, Castro Valley*, Cherryland*, Dublin, Emeryville, Fairview*, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo*, Sunol*, Union City.

  • 24/7 confidential, bilingual hotline at 510-800-4247
  • Bedside advocacy during SART process
  • Crisis navigation at the Family Justice Center
  • Emergency accompaniments

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  • Preplanned accompaniments
  • Restorative coaching & trauma integration
  • Support groups (virtual & in-person)
  • Systems advocacy (engaging with law enforcement, accessing benefits, pursuing accountability)

Programs at BAWAR

Affirming, Believing, and Centering Survivors (ABCS)

Our ABCS program supports sexual assault survivors seeking care in English and Spanish. Follow up services include monitoring legal case status, court accompaniment, referrals to legal services, help connecting to longer term supports and submitting CalVCB applications.

Los defensores que responden al envío de SART las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, son con frecuencia proveedores de servicios bilingües que hablan español. Nos asociamos con servicios de interpretación en el lugar cuando nuestros servicios solo están disponibles en inglés.

Achieving Balance to Overcome Violent Environments (ABOVE)

To refer someone, complete our online ABOVE Referral Form or email above@bawar.org

Our ABOVE program provides intervention and stabilization services to youth (ages 12-25) who are seeking support and advocacy around their experiences with commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Services are generally provided over a 3 month span and include life coaching, intensive case management, systems navigation & court accompaniment, and resource linkage.

Educating Community through Healing and Outreach (ECHO)

echo@bawar.org

The ECHO team is comprised of confidential advocates focused on expanding the community knowledge-base around the needs and rights of people directly impacted by gender based violence.  ECHO also houses our sexual assault  counselor training program where members of the public can become trained advocates in order to serve their community, volunteer at a crisis center, or enhance their professional skill.

Members of the public seeking information, training, data for school projects, panelists, event tabling, etc. can contact the ECHO team to get information about availability and schedule. Most ECHO services are available in English and Spanish. 

La mayoría de los servicios de ECHO están disponibles en español e inglés.

Vidas Impactas, Victimas Abrazadas (VIVA!)

El programa VIVA! brinda servicios a sobrevivientes que se identifican como latinos y/o indígenas y desean recibir atención culturalmente alineada como parte de su viaje de curación después de la violencia.

Apoyamos a los sobrevivientes a través de eventos y grupos que se centran en la cultura como herramienta de curación, incluida la música, la danza, las artes visuales, la escritura creativa, las plantas medicinales y la preparación y el intercambio de alimentos.

Apoyamos a las familias de sobrevivientes con recursos y educación sobre la violencia sexual, los impactos del trauma y cómo aumentar la seguridad en nuestras comunidades.

VIVA! services are also available to english-speaking Latine & Native/Indigenous community members seeking culturally-aligned survivor services.