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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 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: 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 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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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

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!

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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.

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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 began volunteering with WOMAN, Inc. in November 2011, and since then, it has been a continually amazing experience! The staff, interns, and volunteers at this organization are truly one of a kind - everyone exudes goodwill, determination, and sincerity towards the fight against domestic violence. As a volunteer, WOMAN, Inc. has provided plenty of opportunities for personal growth, as I have had the pleasure to be involved with the Children's Group, Outreach Team, Crisis Line, and most recently, the Social Media Team. Overall, I am proud to be a volunteer at WOMAN, Inc., as it is an outstanding non-profit organization who works hard to empower survivors, and is more than deserving of receiving praise!

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!

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since joining the board last year, I have been impressed with the long term vision and impact they have on the San Francisco Bay area community. W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s strengths are demonstrated through their leadership and innovative programs and partnerships. The commitment of volunteers, staff, and Board as pivotal change agents in providing intervention and improving access to high quality care and services (therapy, support groups, Latina program, volunteer program, drop-in support/ 24 hour support line, crisis intervention, peer counseling, Domestic Violence Information & Referral Center) for all lives impacted by domestic violence.

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. serves 15,000 people each year. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Their reach is beyond amazing!

You won’t find people that are more passionate, committed, and dedicated to go above and beyond to provide support, care, and indeed life changing services.

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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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.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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!