Giovanna Martinez

Relationship Counselor and DVS Manager
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Giovanna has worked with  survivors of intimate partner violence since 2001 and specializes in helping individuals heal from unhealthy relationships . She accomplishes this through education, intervention and empowerment of  how healthy and unhealthy relationships can affect her client’s lives. Prior to becoming our Relationship Counselor and  DVS  Manager, Giovanna spent 14 years as a Youth Services Coordinator for a local Long Beach Domestic Violence Outreach and Emergency Shelter program.

She has helped developed a variety of support groups and individual counseling geared toward young people. She built a rapport with local area schools and educated students on healthy relationships. In 2005, Giovanna was selected to be a team member of the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART). DART worked in conjunction with detectives from the LBPD Domestic Violence Detail and provided crisis counseling and emergency shelter services to survivors at area hospitals, private residences or safe locations.

She also served on two local Long Beach Boards, End Abuse Long Beach and Long Beach Pride Inc. In 2013 she was nominated to be the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council Co-Chair of their LGBT Sub-Committee.

After 15 years of service, and empowering clients to have healthy relationships.  Giovanna’s passion for service continues to grow. She is currently returning to college to pursue her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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