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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

115 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.

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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!

4

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!

Previous Stories
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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. ☺