Casa de la Familia
D.A.R.T. Lead Field Advocate
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from CSULB. As a DART Advocate, I am able to provide victim support and crisis intervention by educating victims about domestic violence, inform them about their legal rights and options, provide resource information, and assist with shelter placement. My goal is to help victims break the cycle of violence and reduce the likelihood of a future Domestic Violence incident.
Paloma Bustos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work. Her drive and dedication in the helping profession is derived from her passion working with those impacted by domestic violence. Her experience has included working as lead advocate and domestic violence specialist in Family and Juvenile Dependency Court providing services to survivors and perpetrators of abuse, facilitating support groups for victims, as well as accountability classes for male aggressors.
I studied Criminology at UCI with a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior. During my time as an undergraduate, I volunteered as a sexual assault advocate and my passion is to empower those who have experienced trauma.
Casa de la Familia (CDLF) has been awarded a grant from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Homeland Security and Public Safety, for fiscal year 2015-2016, to work with the Los Angeles Police Department's Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.). You can find one of our D.A.R.T. advocates in either the Olympic Police Station or Pacific Police Station!
Casa de la Familia advocates are readily available at both Olympic and Pacific police stations during peak crime hours. Our advocates are also on stand by 24 hours a day to respond to calls outside operational hours. Advocates are both physically and emotionally present for the victim and their family after the initial moments of the occurrence of the crime, and utilize their professional experience and training to support them in every way possible. In addition to providing crisis intervention, DART advocates act as case managers for victims, providing them with guidance on their road to healing. Additional services provided by our DART advocate team include, but are not limited to:
Domestic Abuse Response Team
D.A.R.T.'s mission is to foster and promote coordinated responses to address domestic violence victims’ and their children’s needs for crisis intervention, safety and wraparound support necessary to end the violence and work towards a healthy violence free life. As a domestic violence service provider, CDLF advocates will be responding to domestic violence calls, and providing victim's with direct resources, as well as being available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention.