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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

111 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.

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.

2 Shaena S.

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.

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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.

1

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!

1

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.

1 Gina19

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.

1

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

WOMAN Inc--is a nonprofit that just celebrated its 35th birthday as the leading domestic violence crisis line and support organization in the greater San Francisco area. What has struck me most in the several years I have served on the board is the passion, dedication and commitment to mission the staff have. To a person, their goal is to eradicate all forms of domestic violence. They work on intervention, support, counseling and partnering to help those that need help.

Often, domestic violence is shrouded in shame and gilt and too often, people that want help don't seek it. WOMAN Inc understands this and provides it services with compassion and discretion and makes those in crisis feel welcome, comfortable and empowered. In times when federal, state and municipal services are facing increasing budget pressures, it is often up to organizations such as WOMAN Inc to step up and fill the void. Over the last few years, the organization has strengthened its governance, deepened its partnership with funders and stakeholders, has added board members and has recruited and retained a staff that any organization would be envious to have-from the Executive Director, the Program Managers and to the Volunteers. I see the impact the organization has, on lives strengthened, on personal progress and resolve and in the impact and efficacy of its services.

If you have an interest in domestic violence, need support, advice and help or even someone just to speak with--you could not have a better friend than WOMAN Inc.
Seth

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at W.O.M.A.N. Inc. has been a rewarding experience for me. The staff and volunteers are extremely committed to ending domestic violence and stopping the cycle of abuse in the San Francisco Bay Area. I find myself feeling like I really make a difference with every survivor I speak to on the hotline or at the office. W.O.M.A.N. Inc. has a loud and necessary presence in the community, and their work is impacting lives on a daily basis. Anyone who is interested in anti-violence work should definitely look at W.O.M.A.N. Inc. for experience and inspiration.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received so much moral support and even Christmas cards & a turkey to prepare. It made me feel that this organization cares about me...W.O.M.A.N., Inc. made me feel unique. They are like home, a refuge. A thousand thanks for existing.

2 Kelsey7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is a vital San Francisco based charity. The work they do saves lives everyday and gives survivors of domestic violence the right tools and support they need to feel empowered. It has been an incredible opportunity to work with this dedicated group of staff and volunteers.