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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

122 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 W.O.M.A.N., Inc Support Line is such a wonderful resource for survivors to connect with peer counseling, therapy, and legal support. I value being a WINC Support Line volunteer, and encourage others who have considered anti-domestic violence work to volunteer with this organization!

Katie T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am extremely impressed with the work that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is accomplishing in the Bay area. An amazing organization, filled with genuine compassionate and caring individuals that are making a difference within the community.

Shaena S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a field that often centers professionalization, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. embraces a return to grassroots and community based healing. So grateful for the work continuing to be done to support survivors and their loved ones as whole people with a focus on anti-racism, equity and liberation. I've got such a special place in my heart for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. The things I've learned and the connections I made working there will stick with me forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and now as a staff member, being a part of this organization has been nothing short of an amazing experience. Only having been with W.O.M.A.N, Inc. for about a year, I have already learned so much. From the 40 hour domestic violence training, to taking calls on the support line and working with staff and volunteers, each experience has fostered personal growth and strengthened my love for this emotionally taxing, but gratifying field. Applying has easily been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t speak more highly of this organization and the people involved. I feel so fortunate to be apart of such a vibrant, altruistic, open-minded and supportive group of advocates. Every day in my involvement with them reminds me that there really are wonderful people out there who care deeply about the world around them and the people in it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Professional staff worked at an event and provided of valuable community resources. Standing out by providing an activity for attendees. =)

Board Member

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is amazing organization that helps the community impacted by domestic violence lead safer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. In my past 4+ years of volunteering in various capacities with this nonprofit, I have remained amazed and humbled by the staff dedication, impact of its holistic programs, and courage of survivors. I'm grateful for this organization as a friend, neighbor, Board Member, and survivor.

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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.

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.

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.

1 Blase H.

Advisor

Rating: 5

From a message of inclusion, to an empathic understanding in serving the community, W.O.M.A.N. Inc. collaborates and empowers.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have consulted, worked and volunteered for many non-profits across the world. I still go back to WOMAN INC. as a model of how to create bold change, more equity, love, and kindness. W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is an absolute YES organization to support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOMAN INC has a great reputation and is there for survivors all day and all night!

Jasmin Coca P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What makes this organization special is not only what they do and provide for women but the people who volunteer are just as amazing. When you learn about their stories you will learn that some were also a survivor and that's powerful on its own. They used the support women inc. has to offer and it helped them and now they are out there helping others...this is why I support this organization because it's 'Poweful'.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a wonderful organization that offers services to those in need throughout the Bay Area. The staff and volunteers work 24/7 to ensure someone is available to help at all times. Their work is indispensable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOMAN, Inc is an incredible organization, and we need several more like it. With compassionate training and multiple available services, WOMAN, Inc. strives to support survivors of domestic violence and vulnerable populations. I love volunteering for WOMAN, Inc!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am fortunate enough to say that I have been involved with this organization and these incredible people for the past 8 years!!! WOMAN Inc. is filled with committed and passionate staff and volunteers; each person bringing a sense of individuality that makes this group so dynamic. Over the years the services we have been able to provide have grown, of course with the support of donors & funding but largely due to the hard work of a committed team!

The clients we are able to serve are really what bring us together. They are strong and powerful and eager to move on, they keep us on our toes and provide perspective on good or bad days. Together with our clients, the incredibly real staff and enthusiastic volunteers it doesn't matter your background or where you came from, you will leave feeling more happy and hopeful than when you came in!

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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.

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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.

9 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 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!

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a safe space both both survivors of violence and their support system. They are committed to growing with the anti-violence movment and challenging themselves to be reflective and proactive instead of reactionary. What I learned while working there still helps me improve today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with W.O.M.A.N. Inc for about two years now, and it has been a great experience! The staff is incredibly supportive and I have learned so much from them!

1 Sarah322

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Inc is amazing as they are as passionate as they are caring to helping survivors of DV. Highly recommend their services. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have seen many positive feedbacks about WOMAN Inc.,who provides amazing services to help create change in the lives to make abuse non existent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I worked closely with WOMAN Inc. when our company held a domestic violence awareness campaign and introduced a DV workplace policy. Jill Zawisza and her team are amazing. Knowledgeable, compassionate, thought leaders, and wonderful partners. I highly recommend WOMAN Inc.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

In addition to the collaborative partnering with other agencies, WOMAN Inc. lives its own change in the world with collaborative, peer level services and community cultural values. Keep up the Change!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer at WI 2 1/2 years ago is one of the most positive things that has happened to me. I had intended on volunteering temporarily to fulfill a school requirement and was offered the opportunity to participate in the 40hr training to become a long-term volunteer. The staff and volunteers are amazing, and I've never been in an environment as supportive as the WI office!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N. Inc is AMAZING! I started out with them as a volunteer in 2011 and have moved to a staff position. My experience with them has been nothing but wonderful. I have always felt welcomed and through out my years here have learned so much from staff, volunteers, and clients. It really does take a whole community of people to make a difference and W.O.M.A.N. Inc. embodies that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for WOMAN Inc. for almost a year now and I have learned so much being apart of this amazing organization!! Everyone involved is truly dedicated to helping survivors in any way. The staff and volunteers are awesome people and what makes this non profit so wonderful to be a part of. I can truly say that my working with WOMAN Inc has been a wonderful experience and I hope to continue with them in the future! :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. recognizes that domestic violence is a community issue and community healing is a powerful thing. The organization is currently creating an organizational culture where advocates act as facilitators and we're collaborating with participants by learning how they heal and we're providing them with tools and leadership skills so they can take it back to their communities. I love that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is working towards adapting a social justice framework and is being intentional about making sure diverse voices are at the table, specifically people of color.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to be a volunteer with Woman inc. The team is super dedictated, organized and committed its community and the population. Helping survivors regain their lives, is so rewarding and Woman inc inspires and motivates it's volunteers to be their best. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. ☺

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a super progressive agency. The staff and volunteers excellent advocacy for those who are fleeing from violence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOMAN INC has a different approach that involves their clients into the design of their programming. It's a pretty inspiring way to do the end of ending violence and seeing survivors as whole people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love being a part of an organization who's values reflect mine. I've been a part of W.O.M.A.N., Inc, for a little over three years but have had an connection to them for longer. I started off as a volunteer and loved every minute of it. The energy in the agency is great and there's always room from growth both personally and professionally. I love how W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has evolved in offering services to anyone impacted by domestic violence along with offering a lot of community education and support. I always look forward to being in the office with the great group of advocates!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adult trying to give back to my community, I was researching oragnizations to become involved with, I was impressed by W.O.M.A.N, Inc's dedication to helping everyone connected to domestic violence... whether woman, man, or supporter of a person experiencing domestic violence. The 24-hour, 365 crisis line in an amazing service to the community and helps callers avoid having to call many different organizations and being unintentionally re-victimized (through the re-telling of stories). The 40 hour training is incredible... supportive staff and peers in the group learn together and have an worldview changing experience. Further, that W.O.M.A.N, Inc manages this all on a barebones budget is truly something to be applauded. W.O.M.A.N, Inc is truly a nonprofit which merits all it's praise

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Board Member

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. staff work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable domestic abuse survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Latina women obtaining U-Visa status and transgender survivors of domestic partner abuse. Staff take a client-oriented approach to services, meeting each client's stated needs and priorities in a way that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. The executive director manages a strong, welcoming team whose reputation in the community is characterized above all by collaboration and support for a network of partner and referral organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been part of WInc. since 2011 and loved every minute of it! The team of volunteers and staff is amazing, hard working, big hearted and very passionate about their anti-violence work. At WInc. This is an incredible agency focused on supporting survivors.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOMAN, Inc supports survivors of domestic violence in spite of gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, nationality, etc. They take a holistic approach, offering therapy, support groups, crisis intervention, peer counseling, and case management. All their services are offered in English and Spanish (by bilingual/bicultural volunteers and staff). They focus on prevention -- through presentations in the community and trainings, -- crisis intervention -- through their crisis line, Latina Program and Therapy program, -- and the aftermath -- through the group Echando Pa'lante. WOMAN, Inc is always looking for ways to improve their services. It's an excellent non-profit with strong feminist and community values.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a fabulous organization! It is so obvious that it draws to it big hearted people who care about helping DV survivors. The powerful staff members invest themselves in educating, training, supporting, and organizing & pulling all the DV related resources together. These exceptional efforts benefit other local organizations as well as allow survivors to access information about local resources including: shelters, legal advise, free food and more, all in one place.

I highly recommend W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and its team!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff is absolutely amazing and the work they do is so filled with passion and commitment, that it's been a privilege to be associated with WOMAN, Inc.
The other day i pulled up at a gas station no Van Ness and there was this woman with three kids. The sign she held up said the shelters were full. I bought them some food and drink and asked if they needed other sort of help (besides a bed) and she said she had already called this agency called WOMAN, Inc, and that she knew she had support there. She only needed somewhere to sleep.

It was comforting for her as well as many like her to know that there are organisations out there that care and actually have the capacity to make a difference.

Well done WOMAN, Inc. team!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

WOMAN Inc. is one of those organisations that truly has a heart and soul. The staff are one of the most dedicated I've seen. As soon as you start interacting with them, you know it's not just a job.
Their goal is to make a difference, which they clearly do, and so well too.

I think it's fantastic that women in domestic violence situations know that they're not alone, and that there is someone they can talk to. Someone who will do something.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for Woman Inc, I am always so impressed with how down-to-earth staff and other volunteers are and how invested they are in the work that they do. Their sensitivity to the needs of the DV Community and advocacy towards a broader, more open, supportive and cooperative approach to the diversity of people experiencing DV is inspired.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As my time with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. progresses, I truly feel the dedication and heart behind the organization. Everyone involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. (staff, volunteers, board, community supporters) have a deep-seated passion to help empower survivors of domestic violence, by not only addressing the immediate issue of emotional, financial, physical, etc. abuse, but also by addressing broader systemic issues, like the still-present homophobia and sexism that exists in our communities and which, in turn, affect major policies which affect us all.

I've been with them for a little over 2 years now as a volunteer and throughout my time, I've always been given clear direction and support on the tasks that I do. With everything that I've done, from speaking with survivors of domestic violence on the 24/7 support line to sharing with community members about who W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is and the work they do to helping to plan fundraising events for them, I've felt really content knowing that all this work serves a greater purpose of ensuring the fair and compassionate treatment of all people, including DV survivors who are so often made to feel unworthy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for nearly a year now and I must say that it has honestly been the most meaningful volunteer experience I've ever had. They really make the most of the often, tight resources they have to work with in order to sustain services for survivors of domestic violence. Staff and volunteers are committed to empowering survivors so that they may see their own strengths.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOMAN, Inc. is an amazing organization. The staff's dedication to ending domestic violence is truly inspirational. I am grateful for your work and commitment to supporting survivors of domestic violence. Thank you WOMAN Inc.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

I worked with WOMAN, Inc. as a pro bono consultant on a recent strategic planning preparation project and was very impressed by the staff and volunteer's commitment to their organization's mission and to the women they serve. I felt the staff was forward facing and looking for creative and innovative ways to address both the delivery of domestic violence services as well as current and emerging challenges facing them as an organization. The staff and volunteers I worked with were passionate about identifying and addressing the needs of currently underserved populations of domestic violence survivors.

1 Ina M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Conscious, thoughtful, helpful, non-judgmental.... these are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOMAN Inc provides comprehensive referral and direct services to survivors of domestic violence. Their work is tireless and their competence is at the highest level. The executive director has an extensive background in domestic violence, which really shows in her leadership.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WINC operates San Francisco's domestic violence support line. 24 hours a day, overnight, on holidays, and on the weekends, highly trained advocates are available to serve survivors of domestic violence. Agencies contact WINC when they need technical assistance and can get help with domestic violence situations happening with their clients. Beyond direct services, they advocate for policy and legislation change that will better the lives of survivors. WINC seeks to connect the community with opportunities to end violence, and offer a comprehensive array of volunteer opportunities such as on the support line, events, development and outreach.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board of W.O.M.A.N. Inc because I was inspired by the volunteers and staff who dedicate themselves to eliminating domestic violence. The work of this organization changes lives, empowers survivors of DV and greatly impacts the community it serves. I am proud to be part of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc community and the legacy that has been built over the last 35 years.