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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. - Women Organized to Make Abuse Non Existent Inc

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. supports survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence.

Target demographics: domestic violence survivors, their friends & family

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,000 callers on our 24/7 support line, 200 people in therapy or support groups, 50 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 Latinx 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. Our Outreach & Education program brings workshops on domestic violence and supporting survivors to the community. We've spoken to school classrooms, sports teams, service providers and other community members. 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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WOMAN, Inc. is an excellent organization that helps keep women alive and safe. They helped me navigate a complex and painful time. I left my boyfriend after he seriously injured me in 2015. I was shocked, in pain, and afraid after he assaulted me. WOMAN, Inc. helped me move forward to safety and a happier future. In a world that frequently blames and shames victims of domestic violence, the people of WOMAN Inc. are consistently understanding and supportive They educated me about the nature and patterns of domestic violence, which are often not identified in the early stages as abusers are often inconsistent in their behaviors, often kind, sometimes cruel, etc. WOMAN Inc. referred me to the helpful lawyers at the non-profit Restraining Order Clinic. They also referred me to an excellent therapist with expertise in the field of domestic violence. That has been extremely valuable to me. I know now that, although domestic violence is common, many general therapists are ignorant regarding patterns of domestic violence in the early stages and characteristics of clever abusers. You want an expert therapist for these cases and they can be hard to find. WOMAN, Inc is a worthy and valuable organization. My future is bright now and I am grateful for WOMAN, Inc.'s significant assistance in my life during my very challenging times.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission and work that W.O.M.A.N .,INC provides is life changing for families in the SF Bay Area. Their inclusive and diverse approach to strengthening and empowering DV survivors makes them a powerful and special organization.

Julia C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to have trained, and so far provided over 150 hours of volunteer hotline support for W.o
m.a.n.Inc. This wonderful organization provides extensive resources to survivors and their loved ones. It is very humbling to hear their stories and share the resources and provide appropriate support. A big thank you to the organization for all you do, and the lives you help improve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering on and off W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2013 and they are an amazing organization that has changed my understanding of what it means to be a person with empathy and compassion. The staff has always been thoughtful and treated volunteers with appreciation and survivors with utmost respect. I am proud of being affiliated to them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered for WOMAN INC for three years now and am so impressed by how completely dedicated the staff are to the cause and to the womxn (and all) who need support. They are always looking to build connections and improve services by working with other organizations dedicated to supporting survivors, including community clinics, shelters, and legal aid clinics. A well-run organization with a huge heart, making such an important impact on the community.

losangmonlam

Donor

Rating: 5

Have always had a positive experience with staff, volunteers and community. Thoughtful, caring approach in serving others.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Peer counseling with Woman Inc. was extremely helpful during the stressful time of leaving my abuser. I really felt heard and affirmed. I was also given legal, counseling, and other resources that helped me to feel much less stressed financially and emotionally. Workers there were also very welcoming of my child and watched her during some of the time I met with a peer counselor. I highly recommend this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N. Inc was one of the best decisions i have ever made. It has been an eye opening and life changing experience. The work they do is vital to survivors. The staff and volunteers are all amazing people who truly have a passion for what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a vital part of the greater Bay Area's domestic violence prevention services.

I received 40 hours of training through W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the fall of 2017-- training which was generously subsidized through donations. This training has opened up a variety of opportunities with other domestic violence prevention organizations, and is also providing me with skills in peer counseling and handling the myriad responsibilities involved in working the hotline.

The employees and volunteers at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. are conscientious and enthusiastic in their approach to assisting individuals experiencing domestic violence. Their programs and services are key to many agencies and individuals who are working to address and end domestic violence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago I had a domestic violence incident in my family. I was overwhelmed by how this whole incident was handled. It is so hard to see the reactions, how they change and then watch the survivor going back to her abuser, because there were no other realistic options and no one knew really how to deal with this.
I felt helpless and I decided I want to understand domestic violence and how to help survivors. WOMAN INC was the place I finally got to learn, know more and actually do my best to offer some support to any person facing domestic violence and any type of abuse.
Doing this doesn't mean you can fix or change anything, doing this means, you can be there, you listen and you don't judge. You help a person navigate both their feelings and their options, so that they can get their life back. This experience is empowering while respecting everybody's story and individuality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. never ceases to amaze me with their never ending love, dedication, & drive to support those affected by domestic violence. Their authenticity and genuinity are one of the many reasons why I remain a volunteer for the last 7 years. They’re a welcoming group that’s completely survivor focused, meeting every individual they encounter with where they’re at. They’re an amazing organization that’s truly making an impact in the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for the past six years and I can attest to the truly amazing work and impact they're making in the San Francisco/greater Bay Area communities. This organization always goes out of its way to meet survivors with where they're at in their journey, and I appreciate how they take initiative in not only helping survivors but educating the surrounding community in ways they can support, too. I stand with this organization because they remain true to their core mission and values, while creating a safe, welcoming space for their volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with WOMAN Inc. since 2014, and I love working with this organization! The staff and volunteers are wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOMAN Inc is a wonderful organization to volunteer with! The staff is amazingly supportive and the work that they do benefits the community so much!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I can't speak from the perspective of a survivor seeking services at WOMAN, Inc., I can speak to working at the organization! I've worked at WOMAN, Inc. for 10 years and it's a wonderful organization to work at. We place high value on meeting survivors where they're at knowing folks are at various points on their healing journey. We value centering race and anti-oppression in our work because we understand that a survivor of domestic violence isn't only a survivor of dv but someone who is navigating many other barriers. We understand that if you are a woman of color, specifically a Black woman access to services is much more difficult which is why we continue to do the work of interrupting habits of white supremacy.

In terms of working there, there is an investment of staff development. We have a full time staff of six and 5 of the 6 started as volunteers at WOMAN, Inc. We value collective care and holding each other and the organization accountability for our practices of care. It's fun working there too! If you don't have a sense of humor it may not be a good fit as a staff person.

P.S. Hey Great Nonprofits, can you translate your website to Spanish so many of our clients have an opportunity to leave a comment if they wanted to. Thanks

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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 Katherine38

Board Member

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is such a positive organization in the San Francisco and Mission community. They connect with over 7,000 callers each year. The staff is the most compassionate and caring, resourceful, and knowledgeable about DV support. Some of the support they provide are education, community outreach, training, drop-in support, and therapy for survivors and their families. They support a very diverse community that are welcoming of all people regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and color.

They offer a Latinx program that provides community outreach and education. They work closely with the Domestic Violence Information & Referral Center (DVIRC) to help their clients connect to other organizations for additional needs like shelters, financial, and legal support.

Everyone that works or volunteers at the organization is caring, compassionate and well respected in the DV community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N. Inc . supports those impacted by domestic violence and is an exceptional nonprofit organization. Several of the reasons they are exceptional are:

1) The staff and volunteers are a group of compassionate individuals that meet survivors were they are at and take in consideration people come to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. from different points in their healing process.
2) W.O.M.A.N. Inc. creates a positive workplace environment and are intentional about making their environment supportive for all who walk through their doors.
3) Their beliefs and values are centered on anti-oppression & intersectional feminism and they work towards social, racial & economic justice.
4)They have a 24 Hour Hotline and answer over 9,000 calls a year
5) They provide drop-in support, therapy, and support groups
6) They offer a Latinx program, provide community outreach, and education
7) They work closely with the Domestic Violence Information & Refferral Center (DVIRC) to help their clients connect to other organizations

Overall they are mindful, compassionate and well respected in the domestic violence community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. when I was in college and have recently returned to the organization now that I live in the Bay Area again. The volunteer training is very comprehensive and helped to teach me so much about domestic violence that I have since used in other roles. All the staff and other volunteers whom I have met are fantastic and truly dedicated to helping to end domestic violence in our community and helping survivors.

2 Renita Lynn J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently registered for their volunteer program and was accepted. Started my training this week and am so excited and a little nervous about this journey. I am blessed to be able to give back to such an awesome organization and more importantly support the awareness of a critical cause!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I attended an open house at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., where I met a lot of the employees and volunteers. I also listened to survivors telling their stories. I was humbled by the incredible strength of the women presenting. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is effective and welcoming, and they do phenomenal work. I donated to the organization, and I will continue to do so. Thank you for the work you do, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WOMAN Inc is a wonderful service for anyone impacted by domestic violence. I first heard of WOMAN Inc from a survivor, who found great support in this organization. As a survivor, I found the online resources comforting. I proceeded to get involved with the organization as a volunteer in various capacities, and continue to admire both the vision/mission and actual actions this organization takes to fulfill our service to the community. Bottom line: WOMAN Inc helps the community become a safer place.

2 lcrippin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never doubt that a small organization can change a community with the right leadership and staff. Love W.O.M.A.N., Inc. - please donate, volunteer, or get involved with the amazing work they are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this organization and all the great work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Inc. is amazing. Such incredible staff there doing some really powerful, necessary work. I learned a lot going through their training to be able to volunteer on their hotline and I continue to be humbled and grateful for the experiences they have offered me and the extraordinarily evolved politics and support they provide for those affected by domestic violence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer at W.O.M.A.N. Inc., has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The 40- volunteer training was eye-opening and empowering. This organization has widened my social lens and empowered me to support not only survivors of domestic violence, but all marginalized groups who suffer from the systematic oppressions that plague our country. I’m proud to be part of an organization that addresses domestic violence and ALL its intersections.