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

Rating: 4.97 stars   111 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Human Services

Address:

26 Boardman Place San Francisco CA 94103 USA

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.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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3 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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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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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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2 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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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.

 
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