Second Generation Project


The Center is leading the way with new and innovated programming aimed at ending domestic violence.

Children’s exposure to domestic violence has a significant negative impact on the child’s emotional, social and cognitive health and development such as:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Artwork - 11 yr old "My mind when my mom is away."

    Artwork – 11 yr old “My mind when my mom is away.”

  • Increased somatic complaints (headaches, stomachaches)
  • Decreased achievement in school
  • Distrust of the caretaking parent
  • Normalizing of violent behavior and power-over relationships

Our Second Generation Project (SGP) serves children from violent homes and their non-abusing parent. Children come to the program with many after effects from their trauma. Through the group they learn to talk about their experiences and cope in a healthy way.

This peer-reviewed program, launched in November 2012, is the first of its kind nationwide. Kids in the program often achieve at least:

  • A 32% reduction in PTSD symptoms &

    12 yr old girl - Picture of her happy place. It's happy because it is safe and she is alone.

    12 yr old girl – Picture of her happy place. It’s happy because it is safe and she is alone.

  • A 42% reduction in general symptomology

In a healing environment, children will:

  • Learn how to talk about their experience
  • Develop positive coping skills
  • Meet other children with similar experiences
  • and participate in group activities that foster growth and development

For more information on this groundbreaking program, please call our office at (530) 626-1450 or (916) 939-4464.