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About RISE

People have a basic human right to live free of intimate partner and sexual violence. Advocacy, education, prevention and public policy are the keys to social change. We encourage the community to take a stand and RISE with us to create a world free of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

As a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones, RISE provides comprehensive programs, services and resources to the community.

The tagline of RISE - Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower. - embodies the work of RISE. We believe that RESPECT is the cornerstone to ending violence and creating peace. We strive to INSPIRE the community to be active in the movement to end gender-based violence. We SUPPORT loved ones of those affected by sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence and we EMPOWER victims to heal from trauma and transform their lives.

For a glimpse into the experiences of two women, watch the videos below in which former board member Mary and past RISE client Julia share their stories. 

RISE was born from the combination of two vital organizations in San Luis Obispo County: The North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County. These nonprofits merged on January 1, 2013 to create a stronger, more effective agency. You can see how the name of RISE was unveiled in August 2013 in our launch video below.

For more information, read about our history or email us.

VISION

A world free of sexual and intimate partner violence.

MISSION

Transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, their families and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing and empowerment.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • People have a basic human right to live free of sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • Sexual and intimate partner violence is preventable.
  • Everyone has a role and responsibility in doing this work.
  • Sexual and intimate partner violence exists within a system of oppression.
  • Advocacy, education, prevention, and public policy are the keys to social change.
  • Collaboration and alliance building are essential to successful anti-violence work.
  • Diversity and safe, accessible services are fundamental to creating social change and ending sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • The voices of survivors drive our work; we empower them to make choices for themselves while providing compassionate services, dignity, privacy, and respect.
RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English. All staff members are mandated reporters and have an obligation to report under the following circumstances: reports of abuse or neglect to minors, dependent adults, elders, as well as if a client is in danger of hurting themself or others.