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Causes: Human Services

Mission: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. supports those impacted by violence using an innovative approach to services and programs that build stronger, safer communities.

Target demographics: domestic violence survivors, their friends & family

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000 callers on our 24/7 support line, 200 people in therapy or support groups, 100 Latina Program participants

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24-hour support line offers support via peer counseling, safety planning, and referrals for needed resources. Very often our support line is used as a safe space for survivors to openly share details of their lives including the abuse they survive. As peer counselors, our role is to support them. Many times a survivor just needs someone to listen without judging, to help them better understand their experience, and to validate their feelings and choices. During drop-in support times, survivors of domestic violence, their friends and/or their family members can meet with a trained advocate for in-person support. In this meeting, we provide peer counseling, safety planning, and referrals. Additionally, survivors, their friends and/or family can learn more about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. services. We offer both ongoing individual therapy and family therapy for survivors with their children. Therapy services are offered in English and Spanish and are provided by trained MFT Interns and Trainees who are supervised by a licensed psychotherapist. Low-cost weekly sessions are based on a sliding scale. Led by trained facilitators, our peer support groups offer a safe space for survivors of domestic violence to share their experience with and gain insight from each other. In these groups, survivors are invited to explore their feelings, receive and offer support, and gain important tools needed to heal from the effects of violent relationships. Our groups include practical information about the dynamics of abuse. We often use art and other expressive modalities in our groups. We also have a Latina Program which offers in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, and works to support survivors in a culturally appropriate setting. Working collaboratively with a team member, the survivor creates short and long-term goals designed to help overcome the obstacles preventing them from creating a life free of violence. Lastly, our innovative Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center, an online interactive community network involving 34 agencies, provides a safe space for domestic violence service providers to share, network, and access updated information so that to domestic violence survivors.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This agency has been serving the Bay Area for longer than I have been living here; now 30 years. Always a source of hope and inspiration to help end the cycle of violence in the lives of others and in our communities.

Previous Stories
3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOMAN Inc. provides amazing services within the community helping create change in the lives of all those impacted by domestic violence.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N. , Inc. is dedicated to assisting all women who have experienced domestic violence. Their supportive staff ensures that women of the Bay Area are able to access resources they need to leave abusive situations and flourish in the community as they move forward.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love WOMAN, Inc. and I'll be forever grateful that they were there for me at the lowest point of my life. I was leaving an abusive 8-year relationship and my former partner was stalking me. I was so isolated, alone, ashamed and afraid. I went to WOMAN, Inc. for help in getting a restraining order. I will never forget the compassionate woman who listened to me, validated my experiences, and helped me understand just how abusive my relationship had been. They prepared the legal papers and went to court with me. They gave me a voice and I felt so empowered by being able to put my truth on record after years of being shouted down. It's been 15 years and I've since recovered from my abusive childhood and that relationship, but I still look back at that first day at WOMAN, Inc. as my first day of healing. Thank you.

6 Stephene F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered WOMAN, Inc. about 5 years ago when I was spiralling from anxiety, depression and what I came to learn, PTSD, after leaving an abusive relationship. At the time I was unemployed and my anxiety, fear, distrust, insecurity and low-self-confidence was giving me little hope for my future. I could barely eat and take care of my dog. WOMAN, Inc. was accommodating and helpful immediately. I was able to see a counselor right away, and her gentle, yet constructive guidance helped pull me out of one of the darkest places I've ever been. I started to find hope, courage and strength. I learned to recognize red flags and trust my intuition about people and relationships. It was a lighthouse for me that helped guide me to be a stronger woman, when I was lost, considering suicide and self-medicating with wine and anti-anxiety medications. Now I can happily say that I've walked away from abusive and toxic people without hesitation, because of the tools and confidence that I gained. By the time I ended my sessions after a year at WOMAN, Inc., I had a new job and was back on my feet. Today I am extremely successful in my career, and I love my life. I am confident and armed with a foundation that will guide me throughout my life. I have referred women to this organization with total faith that they will also gain back their hope and strength. I don't know what would have happened if WOMAN, Inc. was not there when I needed help. I'm so grateful, because today my world is amazing.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful and incredibly supportive organization. Very well run! They pass their expertise on to sister organizations. They spread the love!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While it would be great to read more stories from survivors and their loved ones I can speak to what it's like to work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. (WI). Over the past several years WI has created a culture where we try to make sure all voices are heard. It's important that we're treating survivors with the utmost respect, it's also important that that level of respect and acknowledgement is mirrored with volunteers who dedicate their time and with staff. With a shared decision-making leadership model all staff is encouraged to bring their experience, their strengths, and their knowledge to the table. I feel that is what makes WI a great place to work.

I also really like that given that racism, racial justice, systemic racism is in the spotlight right now there is a level of awareness and work that we as an organization AND as individuals need to work on. There is intentional space given to discussion about how WI as an organization can fight racial inequity especially with the Black community....and do the same for us as individuals.

It's a good organization to work for.

1 Pao Pao S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. offers cutting edge services to people affected by domestic violence in a multicultural, multilingual environment. I've been part of the agency for over five years and I admire its community of dedicated volunteers, strong participants, innovative leadership team, and motivated board members. WINC is committed to the empowerment of survivors, and to do so, it offers not only crisis intervention services but also workshops, groups, and the space for them to create what they want and need.
It's a wonderful agency!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has honestly given so much to my life both personally and professionally. So much gratitude & admiration for the love & dedication the entire team puts into the work they do every day.

2 lcrippin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is an amazing organization with a dedicated staff that lift mountains for the community they serve. I can't recommend them highly enough!