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

Rating: 4.98 stars   122 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

3 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 W.O.M.A.N., Inc Support Line is such a wonderful resource for survivors to connect with peer counseling, therapy, and legal support. I value being a WINC Support Line volunteer, and encourage others who have considered anti-domestic violence work to volunteer with this organization!

 
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I am extremely impressed with the work that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is accomplishing in the Bay area. An amazing organization, filled with genuine compassionate and caring individuals that are making a difference within the community.

 
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In a field that often centers professionalization, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. embraces a return to grassroots and community based healing. So grateful for the work continuing to be done to support survivors and their loved ones as whole people with a focus on anti-racism, equity and liberation. I've got such a special place in my heart for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. The things I've learned and the connections I made working there will stick with me forever!

 
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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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Excellent organization. Professional staff worked at an event and provided of valuable community resources. Standing out by providing an activity for attendees. =)

 
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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is amazing organization that helps the community impacted by domestic violence lead safer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. In my past 4+ years of volunteering in various capacities with this nonprofit, I have remained amazed and humbled by the staff dedication, impact of its holistic programs, and courage of survivors. I'm grateful for this organization as a friend, neighbor, Board Member, and survivor.

 
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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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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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