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

Rating: 4.97 stars   117 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Human Services

Address:

26 Boardman Place San Francisco CA 94103 USA

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.

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

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

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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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.

 
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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!

 
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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!

 
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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.

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

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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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5 people found this review helpful

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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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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