CAV Programs & Services

CAV offers free & confidential services to children & adults in our community who are survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault.

If you have questions about how CAV can help you, we are here to talk, please call:

  • our 24-Hour HELPline at 575-758-9888
  • our 24-Hour TEXTline 575-770-2706
  • SANE 24-hour Helpline 575-751-8990
  • or our offices at 575-758-8082 (8-5, M-F)

If you would like to know what happens when you call our hotline, go here to What to Expect When You Call Us.

Are you wondering, Do I need help? Here is more information for you.

Description of Programs & Services:

All services are free and confidential.

24-Hour HELPline: 24-hour confidential Helpline (575-758-9888) offering intervention services, providing emotional support, advocacy, and information for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our advocates are always available to take your call.

Shelter: Emergency shelter for adults and children who are survivors of domestic/sexual violence. Services including assisting clients in finding short and long-term housing.

Transitional Housing:Transitional housing on-site and off-site for adults and their children who are survivors of domestic/sexual violence.

Legal Advocacy: Assistance in obtaining protective orders against a partner or spouse. Accompaniment to the courthouse for hearings and other legal proceedings related to domestic and sexual violence. Advocacy and support with criminal cases involving domestic and sexual violence situations.

Medical Accompaniment: Accompaniment and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault at the hospital, emergency room and/or doctor’s office.

Counseling and Support Groups: Individual counseling for adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.Support group for adult female survivors of domestic violence. Individual counseling is available for children impacted by domestic/sexual violence.

Offender Re-Education: Based on nationally recognized best practices, CAV provides a 52-session offender re-education program called “CHANGES” for men and “Women Who Use Force” for women. Participants may be referred by the courts, CYFD or other agencies and voluntary. This is a state-approved program.

Children’s Programs: Resources and referrals for parents, short-term childcare, information on the effects of domestic/sexual violence on children, therapeutic activities, and various playgroups for child witnesses of domestic/sexual violence.

Information and Referral: To medical, legal, substance abuse, mental health services; housing resources; food and clothing resources; off-site support groups, VOCA information and forms; and other related resources.

Prevention: Education and prevention programs provide age appropriate, culturally relevant presentations for schools, community and business groups on topics related to the prevention of and response to domestic/sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program: Specially trained nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide prompt and compassionate medical care in the aftermath of a sexual assault and to collect evidence that can be used now or in the future. Survivors have a right to a SANE exam whether or not they report the assault to law enforcement. A CAV advocate will accompany the survivor to the SANE unit at Holy Cross Medical Center and provide any type of follow-up support and advocacy needed. The SANE program can be reached through CAV’s 24-hour Helpline (575-758-9888) or the SANE 24-hour Helpline (575-751-8990).


CAV Thrift Store: Our thrift store accepts donations of items in good condition either for resale or for use by CAV clients. All sale proceeds go to support CAV programs and services. All donations are tax-deductible.

Northern NM Children’s Advocacy Center: Forensic interviews of child victims/witnesses of abuse that support legal investigations of suspected child abuse and help minimize long-term, negative impact on children.