Mission & History

Provide shelter, advocacy, case management, and prevention services to families and individuals impacted by domestic violence.

Our Mission

South Valley Services mission is to provide safe shelter, advocacy, case management, and prevention services to men, women and children experiencing psychological, physical, emotional, economic or sexual abuse at home. We aim to empower individuals and communities through education to recognize their self-worth and to develop the necessary skills to reach their greatest potential, contributing to the collective well being of our community.

Our Vision

To end family violence, one survivor at a time.

At South Valley Services, we believe in the worth of all people equally. We also recognize that each individual’s personal experience and situation is unique yet reflective of society’s institutionalized attitudes and values. Interactions with our residents and our staff are based on the core value of understanding and accepting everyone’s own uniqueness. This philosophy and dedication to social justice makes South Valley Services stand out as a leader in the community. Our core values as an agency are social justice, self-determination, dignity, acceptance and empowerment for all.

To stop the systemic violence that survivors experience, including racial violence.

South Valley Services (SVS) is a multicultural, intersectional, feminist-based agency with the vision to stop violence in all forms, including racial violence. We also acknowledge that society has systematically been hierarchical in its service delivery models to those who need help. Our goal every day is to stop the systemic violence that survivors experience. We do this through survivor-defined services, maintaining intersectional practices, and supporting positive social change. We stand in solidarity with those in the fight to end racism as we acknowledge that the fight for equality IS the fight to end domestic violence. We know that through the combination of these actions we have seen and will continue to see better outcomes for survivors of abuse. We invite all to learn more about our services, practices, and most importantly to hear from the voices of those we serve that no one deserves to be abused, violence is unacceptable, and we all play a role in stopping it.

Our History

South Valley Services has served the community since 1998.

South Valley Services began as a grassroots effort in response to a growing need in our community. A group of professionals, community leaders, and citizens recognized that survivors of domestic violence were facing tremendous difficulty finding safe and accessible services. They concluded that a domestic violence shelter was of vital interest to the health and well-being of our community.  As the result of a monumental community effort, South Valley Services opened on February 10, 1998, with the objective of providing a safe shelter, resource and referral services, and self-sufficiency programs for survivors of domestic violence. Programs at South Valley Services have developed to keep up with the most current research and best practices. Based on this research South Valley Services operates under a coordinated community response model which includes shelter and supportive services.