CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

CORA-Logo-webThe Family Centered Mental Health Program (FCMHP) provides individual and group counseling for survivors of domestic violence and their children. The program promotes healing and restores trust among survivors of domestic violence and their children. Groups and counseling focus on issues impacting long-term healing such as: family safety planning, risk reduction, DV education – including effects of child exposure to domestic violence, enhancing the parent/child bond, child development education, parenting skill-building, stress management, encouraging expression of feelings, clarifying trauma-related facts and nature of exposure to family violence.

“I thought I had found true love in my life but there was a little thorn in my heart. But now I can finally say I know who put it there and I know how to get it out. The answer is my SELF. I have finally taken out that thorn. I feel free!! Now I can say I feel happy, and I can move forward.” EC

Counseling-photo-sessionCommunity Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) provides safety, support and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educates the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. The only agency in San Mateo County with the sole purpose of serving victims and survivors of domestic abuse, we provide confidential emergency, intervention and prevention services, including the county’s only emergency shelters, as well as therapeutic counseling, legal services and transitional housing for survivors. As a multicultural agency, we are committed to providing services regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, language barriers, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, or gender—we are one of the few domestic violence agencies to also serve male victims and survivors. All services are provided free of charge and are available in both English and Spanish. Many services are available in additional languages as well.