Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 1422 K St NW Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: WEAVE works closely with adult and teen survivors of violence and abuse, providing an innovative range of legal, counseling, economic, and educational services that lead survivors to utilize their inner resources, achieve safety for themselves and their children, and lead empowered lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at WEAVE for almost 3 months and everyday I come here I fall in love with the organization more and more. Not only is the cause they work for something beautiful and worthy of anyone's time and effort but the people that work here make it even better. I have enjoyed the time I have shared with everybody here because they are all very friendly and always willing to share their knowledge. I have been able to meet a lot of people that have benefited from WEAVE's services and all of them have something good to say. I really love this organization and I hope it continues to grow and touch the lives of many more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The people they help and through the development of the communications.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldnt change anything, I just hope to contribute to expanding it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

WEAVE does incredible work! They give free psychological counseling and legal services to domestic violence survivors, regardless of how much their clients earn. They help so many individuals regain their self-esteem, sense of self, safety and well being - it is inspirational!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Counseling and Legal Services

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding so they can expand!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with WEAVE for almost 3 months now and I really like the organization. Everyone in the office is friendly, warm and focused on their jobs. I have never been a part of an organization that is so passionate about their work as the staff of WEAVE. They strive to make a difference everyday, and they do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending WEAVE events. I love seeing how others perceive WEAVE and are so willing to donate to the organization. They know WEAVE will do an amazing job with whatever they are given.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look into expanding it so more people can be helped throughout Washington DC. One day WEAVE will be a household name in the DC community.

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In May 2010 I started as a volunteer at WEAVE. I have come to know the people who work there as a group op people who are passionate about what they are doing: helping women to get their lives back on track. As far as I can see all the people are very dedicated to their work at WEAVE.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have no personal experience of the results of the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would like it if there is sufficient work when I come. I like it when there is enough work for me that keeps me going during the day.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, as a foreigner (Dutch) I learned about administration, regulations etc. The need for the work of WEAVE shows the other side of the US which most people who visit the US won't see. It gives a deeper view on the society.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel that I can make a useful contribution to WEAVE, so they can spend more time and energy to their mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I write as the founder and former Executive Director of WEAVE and a current board member. I started WEAVE when I was in my third year of law school with three fellow students because of the enormous need we saw for victims of domestic violence who were struggling to heal from the violence, secure safety for themselves and their children, and address legal issues, housing needs, and economic stability. It was an honor to work with survivors and assist them along their journey of recovery and empowerment. The staff at WEAVE was, and continues to be, a group of extremely committed and passionate supporters of all survivors who work extremely hard to find creative and powerful ways to assist the folks who come to WEAVE to help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization by seeing and hearing the gratitude of survivors whose lifes have been transformed through their affiliation and work with the counselors, lawyers, volunteers and advocates who work at WEAVE.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would stabilize WEAVE's funding sources, engage the community much more fully in WEAVE's work and increase WEAVE's staff and resources so that the staff at WEAVE could engage in the most creative and cutting-edge services as possible.

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7 people found this review helpful

I had grown in a cycle of violence but I did not know it until my last relationship. That's where I found WEAVE. When I went there I was unsure about surviving domestic violence because he had never hit me. I realized after meeting with my therapist that I had experienced other kinds of abuse. If it was not for WEAVE, I would still be in the cycle of violence, through counseling I was able to realize I was worthy enough to have violence in my life-period. I am grateful for WEAVE, I learned a lot about myself and healed many wounds from my childhood to my present wounds. Thanks WEAVE!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned about the cycle of violence and how my whole life had been affected.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funds to reach more victims.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being heard and not judged.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate

Ways to make it better...

nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I never thought I would be in an abusive relationship. I am a successful media professional with a loving family and wonderful group of friends. I always thought domestic violence happened to 'other' people - not me. I even produced TV programs on violence against women around the globe. So when I found myself in the middle of it, I had no idea how I got there much less how to handle it. My family and friends didn't know what to do or how to help me. As I began to pull further and further away from everyone I loved, I fell deeper and deeper into an increasingly destructive cycle of abuse. I was truly alone and, worst of all, reliant on my abuser. It took a long time for me to leave but when I did, WEAVE was there to help me pick up the pieces of my life. I pressed charges, faced my abuser in court and thankfully the justice system put him behind bars for one year. But once that phase was completed, I was still alone - isolated and feeling that my friends and family could not understand me or what I had been through. I was a shell of my former self. The light inside me had disappeared. It was the therapists at WEAVE and the brave, wonderful women who made up WEAVE's Healing Hearts group who helped me see a brighter future. Slowly at first, and then more easily as time passed, I was able to open up and share myself. I learned that I was not alone, that my feelings were not abnormal. I gained strength from the women in Healing Hearts and soon the light returned to my life. Today I am the happiest I have ever been and I have WEAVE to thank for putting me on that path. They guided me through the most challenging time of my life and I am eternally grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work it does supporting its clients. I was a client and participated in WEAVE's Healing Hearts group for survivors of domestic violence. The staff was amazingly supportive, discrete and created an environment of safety and love. They are lifesavers!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it gave me my life back. There's really no greater gift.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly professional and caring. There is no judgement, only support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

empower millions and millions of women facing domestic violence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Over the years, I have worked with WEAVE in many capacities. I have volunteered to assist victims in with seeking and securing CPOs. I also worked with WEAVE when writing a paper on teen dating violence. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the lives of many women and families improve based on the services they received from WEAVE.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

WEAVE saved my life. I was feeling awful about the domestic violence I suffered and it heped tremendously to share and listen to others going through the same things. The educational aspect was also very helpful. The staff was great, knowedgable, compassionate, and thorough. I also secured my divorce with WEAVE's legal help. Regarding the question below about frequency, my response is reflective of when I was receiving services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Regaining self-esteem, getting a divorce, and making friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More outreach to the public.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting the help I desperately needed at the time. Gaining my divorce was life-changing and WEAVE legal services made that possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, knowledgable, and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out and help many more women suffering from the many effects of domestic violence.

Ways to make it better...

Everything was great, I wouldn't change anything.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

Please keep doing what you are doing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I've loved volunteering with WEAVE. The staff is wholly committed to adapting their services to meet the community's need, and are willing to take on complex, difficult, time-consuming cases. They serve a diverse client base with a wide range of needs. And they make it easy to volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my clients receive holistic, empowering services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-9-01

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