W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Has Moved!


After tireless searching and touring spaces, we finally found a spot to call home! Our 26 Boardman Place office location is located in the SoMa directly across the street from 850 Bryant. While we will miss the Mission dearly, we are so excited for the future this new place holds. Please stay tuned for details on our open house to be happening shortly! Looking forward to connecting with you at our new building!

Our offices are open and ready to serve! We have resumed our normal drop-in hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 2:00-3:30. 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 such as our peer support groups, Latina Program, and therapy. Drop-in support sessions are offered in English and Spanish.

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is Moving!


After much searching, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team is so excited to announce our move from the Mission into the SoMa on Friday, July 1st!

In hopes of making this a smooth transition for everyone, here are some things we want folks to know about changes in our hours and operations:

  • The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. office will be closed starting Monday, June 27th throughmoving-boxes Tuesday, July 5th. We thank you in advance for your patience & apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • While our office will be closed, our 24/7 Domestic Violence Support Line will be fully functioning during this transition. (415)864-4722
  • We will re-open at our new location with normal drop-in hours onWednesday, July 6th (Wednesday & Friday 2:00pm—3:30pm).

Would you like to support us during the moving process?
This is a BIG and busy time for us — we would be so grateful for any assistance we can get with the transition! In addition to the logistical costs (i.e. furnishing therapy, support line and office rooms, IT, moving expenses etc.), we would also like to alter and beautify the space to make a home out of our new spot.  Would you consider making a small donation to help us with the move? Not only would it be helpful in a practical sense, you would be helping us create an inviting and warm environment where folks entering our space can feel comfortable and safe.
If interested, you can make a contribution here at our DonateNow page.

We look forward to updating you on our progress!

Jill Zawisza, Executive Director

Después de mucha búsqueda, el equipo de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. esta emocionado de anunciar nuestra mudanza de la Misión a SoMa el Viernes, 1ero de Julio!

Para hacer la transición más fácil para todos, queremos que la gente sepa algunos de los cambios de horario y operaciones en la agencia:

    • La oficina de W.O. M. A. N., Inc. estará cerrada desde el Lunes, 27 de Junio hasta el Martes, 5 de Julio. Les agradecemos en antemano por su paciencia y nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniencia que esto pueda causar.


  • Aunque la oficina este cerrada, nuestra línea de apoyo de 24/7 seguirá funcionando completamente durante esta transición. (415) 864- 4722
  • Estaremos abiertos en nuestro nuevo local con horarios normales de consulta sin cita el Miércoles, 6 de Julio (Miércoles y Jueves 2:00pm – 3:30pm)


¿Quisieras apoyarnos durante el proceso de mudanza?

!Éste es un momento atareado y de mucho significado para nosotros – estaríamos muy agradecidos de cualquier ayuda que podamos obtener en esta transición! Adicionalmente a los costos del proceso (que son amoblar los cuartos de terapia, la línea de apoyo, soporte técnico, gastos de mudanza, etc.), nos gustaría también cambiar y embellecer el espacio para hacer un hogar de nuestro nuevo local.  ¿Considerarías hacer una pequeña donación para ayudarnos con la mudanza? No solo sería útil en el sentido práctico, sino que estarías ayudándonos a crear un entorno cálido y acogedor donde la gente que entre a nuestro espacio se sienta cómoda y a salvo.

Si estas interesado, puedes hacer una contribución aquí a nuestra página de DonarAhora.

¡Esperamos actualizarte de nuestro progreso!


Fall 2016 Community Education Series

Community Education Series Dates

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Announcing New W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Support Groups! | Fall 2016

Support Group Flyer Fall 2016

– Note that these are drop-in groups rather than ongoing (closed) groups; participants may attend any or all complete sessions during the series.
–  There is a suggested donation of $2 to $20 for each group. You are invited to donate if you wish.
–  One or more sessions may be canceled/modified due to holidays; in that event, participants will be notified in advance.

If you have any concerns about your safety in attending either group, we are happy to talk with you more about that and assist with any safety planning you might want; please call our 24 hour Support Line at (415)864-4722

Donor Highlight: Unlikely Heroes


On Saturday, August 13th,  Unlikely Heroes collaborated6a71ec_d3ebf02a069a429f835b7409c698b44d-mv2 with local bands to raise awareness and funds for local anti-violence organizations. Their anti-violence concert, included W.O.M.A .N., Inc. as a beneficiary of their event proceeds! Other beneficiaries included Black Lives Matter, Community United Against Violence and Uke Can End It.

Check out the spotlight questions below to learn more about this group and their benefit concert!

1) What are your names & what do you all do? 
We are Unlikely Heroes, a San Francisco based Hip-Hop/Punk band and we are Enon Gaines (lead vocal), Ruth Marin (Bass), Jeff Wilson (Drums) and Atlix Martinez (Lead Guitar).

2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I learned about W.O.M.A.N., Inc when I was researching local charities that are geared towards anti-violence. I wanted to cover a broad range of support in our efforts to spark a change in our community against violence of all kinds. What’s being done at W.O.M.A.N., Inc is phenomenal and needs to be highlighted in these times of what seems to be a lack in compassion/love for those in our community.

3) Please tell us about your fundraising efforts. 
We recently held a fundraiser for a Bay Area woman that lost her two year old son in a tragic car accident. We hosted a live show where we gave all the proceeds to the mother to help offset some of those cost that you just don’t want/need to worry about when you’ve recently lost someone.

With all the violent acts going on, I just felt it was time to take action and utilize our talents in collaboration with other artists in our community to hopefully spark a change in the place we call home. Because that’s what its really all about, coming together when times are tough and not letting the evil of the world divide us. This anti-violence concert will resonate in the hearts of those in our community and maybe, just maybe someone will be able to find the help that they have been looking for.


4) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s anti-violence efforts? 
I witnessed domestic violence in my home at a young age. My mother quickly removed us from that situation and paved a path that showed strength, resilience, bravery, and a strong spirit within a woman that I admire, love and respect. As a man, I can’t begin to fully understand the day-to-day struggle of a woman, let alone dealing with domestic abuse, but I’ll do whatever’s within my powers to support an organization that has knowledge and resources to help women in need.

5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community? 

I hope that more people will open their eyes to the needs of their community and take action in areas that are specifically lacking. I hope to see more events like this pop up that encourage people to congregate to discuss these issues, find help/resolution, and ultimately love each other past the pain that surrounds us.

197d89bf-59fd-416b-94b2-b4ed43ae59406) Can you share some fun facts about yourselves?

All of us come from a totally different place in our musically journeys and the likelihood of us forming a band was…”Unlikely.” I (Enon) came from a predominately HipHop/RnB background, while Atlix came from Metal, Jeff from Jazz, and Ruth from Film Scoring and Church concert.

We spent the last two months touring which meant being in a van with each other for a super long time and we didn’t have one argument.

We have only known each other for a year and a half and I love them all like its been a lifetime.

Thanks so much for your support, Unlikely Heroes and friends! We appreciate you!

Congratulations to our Summer 2016 40-Hour Training Graduates!

TrainingWe recently wrapped up our Summer 40 Hour Collaborative training with the Riley Center. This was the first collaborative training with Riley’s newest Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Neda Said.  Our training began at the Women’s Building and continued at our new office location. Since January, we received over 125 applications from all over the Bay Area including several agencies. With the help of our community, we collaborated with over 14 different agencies to help us present the various topics we covered during training. We can’t thank you enough!
We are excited to welcome our community partners and newest volunteers: Ada, Bonnie, Karen N. Amparo, April, Alison, Lauren, Linda, Jody, Paula, Sabrina, Karen K. Isariya and Beatriz. Thank you for your commitment in doing anti-violence work!
– Alicia, Educational Development Coordinator

Board Highlight: Juliette-Marie Somerset

1) What opportunities have you been involved with at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
W.O.M.A.N. Inc. and The Riley Center provide a comprehensive 40 hour domestic violence training several times during the year for volunteer peer advocates and counselors. I completed the Fall 2015 DV training program and have been a trained volunteer peer counselor/advocate on the Support Line for the past 8 months at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Prior to starting the DV training I made a personal commitment to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to volunteer weekly for a full year. There are survivors in our community who really view the 24/7 confidential Support Line as essential to accessing lifesaving resources, safety planning and hope.Juliette-Marie Professional Profile Photo 2016
In March of this year W.O.M.A.N., Inc. extended an invitation to me and another Support Line peer advocate to attend Woven World Summit here in San Francisco. It was an absolute honor to represent the agency at this amazing network of women supporting each other to thrive. During the two-day conference we all experienced heart-felt connection, deep listening, authenticity and humility as we discovered meaning, purpose, joy and community. The takeaway from the Woven World Summit is that women need to create concentric circles and talk openly and honestly about our challenges and unite together. This solidarity of sacred lives woven together can change the trajectory of our lives and make our world better and safer.

2) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s anti-violence efforts?
I have been engaged in the social justice movement as a member of Community United Against Violence (CUAV). It was my personal connection with CUAV that brought me and Jill together for a 3-day Move To End Violence workshop sponsored as an operational program by the NoVo Foundation to end violence against girls and women. The theme of our 3 days together was Liberation and Equity. A key aspect of anti-violence movement is strengthen our understanding of intersectional analysis as we explore and create solutions to end violence. Interlocking systems stand in the way of promoting justice for us all.
I value profoundly the dignity and personal stories of strength of every survivor who takes the courageous steps to end domestic violence in their lives. What inspires me most about supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s anti-violence movement is that it rooted firmly in the strength and resilience of survivors.
3) Can you tell us about your professional background?
I am a transformational independent leadership executive and consultant dedicated to accelerating social impact with philanthropy, innovation, insight and compassion. I have a wide knowledge of and professional experience in targeted fundraising campaigns, effective strategic development, public-private community partnerships and change processes in not-for-profit and volunteer leadership management organizations.
I am a mentor and leader in my community as a mentor empowering women with the local San Francisco Dress for Success cohort programs: Going Places Network. I was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors at the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center which is fostering a new era in health, wellness and equality and the future of LGBTQ health in San Francisco. I am dedicated to social entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and weekly volunteer at SCORE mentors supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

I was educated at Yale University and Columbia University with a graduate program in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management. I currently lives in San Francisco, California.

4) As a Board Member, what skills will you be able to bring to W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I hope my relationship building skills will be valued as a Board member. Also my governance and fundraising knowledge.
As a Board member, I can help to broaden the perspective and deepen the understanding of the community we serve. I can help with diversity and inclusiveness in its own leadership.
I welcome the opportunity to share my nonprofit industry experience, volunteer leadership management expertise.

5) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Let’s all build solidarity together. Let’s help to break the corrosive silence that keeps survivors from getting help, safety planning and hope. I can share personally that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a community that will embrace warmly all of us.
6) Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I can spend endless hours in the garden. I love planting and cultivating!


Thanks for joining the board, Juliette-Marie! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is so appreciative of your passion and commitment to our community and the larger anti-violence movement. We look forward to your collaboration!