SanArte ~ Healing Hearts with Art Support Group for Spanish Speakers

We are excited to start a second round of Art support group sessions – this time for Spanish speakers! This support group utilizes art projects for expression and as a “healing tool”. There will be an art project each week as well as some other activities such as guided meditations, breathing exercises, etc. It is designed for anyone who is impacted by domestic violence. We are using projects designed by “A Window Between Worlds.” There will be group agreements that we will review at the beginning of each group.

Grupo de Apoyo a través del arte


Photo from WBW, the “I Can We Can” Project

Desde el lunes 20 de abril hasta el lunes 13 de julio
De 10:30 am a 12 pm

El grupo se reúne todos los lunes por un total de 12 sesiones (no habrá grupo en Memorial Day)

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
333 Valencia Street, Oficina 450
San Francisco, CA 94103

Quién podría participar? Este grupo será ofrecido completamente en español para personas que han sido afectadas por la violencia doméstica.

Preguntas? Contacte a Paola al (415) 864-4777 x305

Otra información importante:
* las facilitadoras del grupo no podrán abrir la puerta a personas que lleguen más de 15 minutos tarde. Por favor llegar a tiempo.

* se sugiere ofrecer un aporte de $2 a $20 por sesión. Cada participante puede donar si así lo desea.

* Si está preocupada/o por su seguridad al venir al grupo, estamos aquí para ayudar con un plan de seguridad.

* Lamentablemente no se ofrecerá cuidado de niños.

Start date:  Begins Monday, 4/20 10:30am-12:00pm. Group meets every Monday at this time

End date: Monday, 7/13 for a total of 12 sessions (office closed on Memorial Day).

Location: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. “meeting” room
333 Valencia st. Ste. 450
San Francisco, CA 94103

Process to attend: All Spanish-speaking community members impacted by domestic violence are invited to attend.

Questions? Contact Paola at (415) 864-4777 x305.

Other important Info:
-Groups will start on time and facilitators will not be able to answer the door for anyone who is more than 15 minutes late.

-There is a suggested donation of $2 to $20 for each group. You are invited to donate if you wish.

-If you have any concerns about your safety in attending the group, we are happy to talk with you more about that and assist with any safety planning you might want.

-We are unable to offer assistance with childcare during this group.

Latina Community Get-Together at La Red Latina’s First Event of 2015

La Red Latina is organizing the first event of 2015 — a Meet & Greet kind of afternoon with the Latin@ communities at the Fruitvale BART plaza (Oakland).

Date: Thursday, 5/28 at 1-4 pm

Please help us spread the word!Evento Mayo 2015-page-001

If you are bilingual (Spanish) and interested in volunteering to support this event, please contact Paola at

If your agency offers services to the Latin@ communities and is interested in an information table (free of charge) please contact Karla at

WINC In The Streets! – Outreach Boos at the Bayview Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets Collage

WINC Outreach was thrilled to participate in the Bayview Sunday Streets – a neighborhood street fair that provides access to community resources in San Francisco.  Not only was it a gorgeous and sunny SF day, but the streets were filled with neighbors and visitors alike partaking in the different offerings from dozens of SF community service providers.  At the WINC booth, we welcomed over 35 visitors who took part in our “WINC for the Camera” art activity. Each participant created their own “Relationship Bill of Rights” and had their picture taken. Stay tuned for our shots on Facebook and like away!

Acknowledging Sexual Assault in Abusive Relationships

Now that we are nearing the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I thought it would a relevant time to shine a light on sexual assault as a prevalent part of domestic violence. Unfortunately, I’ve found it is a widely held belief that sexual assault in relationships does saam_tealribbon_jpegnot or cannot happen. Too often people believe forced sex by a partner is not “real rape” and/or that rape by partner is “just not that bad.” After all, spousal rape was not criminalized and classified as rape in all 50 states until 1993. In my short time of volunteering as an advocate on the the domestic violence support line, I’ve noticed DV survivors often downplay (or entirely don’t acknowledge) rape and sexual assault from their partners. Who knows how many callers omit that part of the abuse because they may feel ashamed, unjustified or otherwise don’t realize that what they are experiencing is sexual abuse. I don’t feel like enough people talk about that — which I can understand because, honestly, it is an ugly topic but its certainly a conversation worth having. I also feel like those are some of the most disturbing stories I’ve had to hear about. The way we downplay sexual violence within relationships/marriages perpetuates harmful myths about what sexual assault really is and serves as a barrier for survivors coming forward about their experience.

The idea that sexual assault in a relationship can’t happen is an archaic myth that needs to addressed and consistently challenged! Consent is a necessary part of every intimate encounter whether that be with someone you barely know or someone you’ve been married to for years. You are not obligated to engage in sexual acts that make you uncomfortable. You do not have to feel guilty for not wanting sex. Your partner is not entitled to your body– your body is yours and yours alone. You have the right to say no and have your boundaries be respected. You have the right to feel comfortable and safe!

~ Shaena, Program Assistant & DV Advocate

If you are interested in additional resources on intimate partner sexual violence, here are some articles that may be of use: 

Looking for support? 

SF Women Against Rape 24 hr. Support Line | 415-647-7273

National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-HOPE(4673)

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24/7 Support Line | (415) 864-4722

National Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-7233

Thanks Katrina & KNow Research for all you’ve done for WOMAN Inc!

conferenceKatrina Noelle has been with us since the spring of 2013 and has been a wonderful addition to the events committee and to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as a whole. She has helped draft and analyze surveys targeted at W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s community partners and supporters as well as website users in general. Recently, Katrina and KNow Research supported our 2015 San Francisco Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon team by donating customized t-shirts for the runners. Right now, she is helping us with in-person qualitative research initiatives to understand the key to volunteer retention.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 8.29.20 PMWhen asked about what keeps her connected with W.O.M.A.N., Inc she said, “I value the ability to help an organization doing good for the women in my local community. I spend a lot of time helping corporate and retail clients support women’s needs as consumers. In my volunteer capacity I value any contribution I can make towards them feeling, safe, secure and free as well.”

Thank you Katrina for all that you’ve done and continue to do for W.O.M.A.N., Inc!  We appreciate your generosity and hard work and feel very fortunate to have compassionate people like you supporting our cause.
twitter: @kat_noelle

Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: Erica Meurk

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1) When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I first got involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in July 2014, when I attended the 40-hour training in working with domestic violence survivors co-hosted by W.O.M.A.N., Erica -- hikingInc. and The Riley Center. I had been looking to gain experience as a phone-line counselor as a way to determine whether I wanted to go back to school to become a therapist.

2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
My inspiration to volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. had more to do with assisting people who are struggling with difficult situations in recognizing their strengths than with working to combat violence, per se. I had a decade-long career in non-profit development and communications before moving from Seattle to the Bay Area and deciding to work toward becoming a therapist. Through my work in non-profit communications, I often interviewed community members and donors in order to write newsletter articles and blog posts – and I found that these conversations were always a highlight of my work week. Eventually, I came to understand that the interviews I was conducting – which focused on people’s accomplishments, values and hopes for the future – had a lot in common with individual therapy sessions.

Erica13) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?

Since September 2014, I’ve been volunteering on the 24-hour support line on Tuesday afternoons. Since I usually take my shift from the office, I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know some of the organization’s lovely, committed staff. I feel honored to be part of an amazing team.

4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
Volunteering at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been my first foray into peer counseling, and it’s been extremely valuable to me both personally and professionally. I am continually impressed and inspired by strength and resiliency of the people I talk to on the support line – and heartened by how powerful it can be to listen respectfully and help people recognize that they have the resources to work toward healthier relationships and happier lives. In fact, volunteering on the support line has helped me realize that I want to focus on people’s assets and strengths as much as I can as I begin my work as a therapist.

What W.O.M.A.N, Inc. has to say about this stellar volunteer:

  • “Erica has been with WI since August of 2014 but it seems like she’s been with us for much longer.  She does so well as a peer counselor, and of the times I’ve witnessed her on the support line, she makes sure each person calling is given the space to process and be heard.  I imagine Erica being a great coach or a therapist!  She has always been very communicative and reliable.  Whenever she works remotely she doesn’t hesitate to email us or check in when she has questions relating to a situation she had just encountered.”

Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: Monica Gonzalez


1) When did you start volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
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2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?

I did some volunteer work in the past for domestic violence shelters and have been wanting to volunteer again within the domestic violence realm.

3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?

I have been involved in the fund raising activities. It has been a great experience working with the team. Everyone is really dedicated and enthusiastic about the fundraising.

4) How has your involvement impacted your life?

image3Volunteer work can sometimes be intimidating and taking time out of our busy lives can be difficult. Volunteer work helps to build character in the end and also remind you of the importance of giving back to your community. We hear about domestic violence on the news every day and it helps to know that there is so much support in the city on these issues.

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.?

Its been a great experience for me so far. The people that I have met on the events committee and the W. O.M.A.N Inc. staff have been wonderful and supportive to our ideas. I have found this volunteer work very rewarding, it is refreshing to be part of the change that we hope for every day.

What W.O.M.A.N. Inc. has to say about this stellar volunteer:

  • “Monica came to the Events Committee during a time of transition and stepped right up to help out. She’s consistently helped lead the team by her active participation in monthly meetings- creating detailed agendas, and taking notes. She’s been integral at helping the group stay on task. Monica also coordinated a recent fundraiser and helped us make a key contribution to our overall fundraising efforts for the Rock N Roll Marathon.”

Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: The Outreach Boos

Presenters, Jaymie Fraizer & Annie Fisher, with Tyler Kingsley at the Super Bowl 50 Headquarters

Annie Fisher

Attachment-11.) What was your favorite outreach event in the past year?
In February, Jaymie Frazier and I (Outreach Boos!) hosted the Community Education Series: Teen Dating Ins and Outs, at the SF Public Library. We were beyond thrilled to host nine (9) teenagers for the training who were filled with thoughtful questions and really added their own perspective to the conversation. It was a great training and a fantastic experience for all.

2.) What motivates you to continue your volunteer work at WINC?mewithjordan
Wherever we go to train, table, etc., we have the best conversations with our fellow SF community members. Sometimes it is a person who has received services from WINC, sometimes a supporter or a person with genuine questions. Getting the face of WINC out and in the public motivates me everyday, as you never know what is going to be the catalyst, what is going to be “that thing” that assists a survivor in choosing to get help.

3.) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Meet whomever it is you’re speaking with where they are in the moment. Judgement has no place as judging others is more of a reflection of how one feels about themselves, rather than the person standing in front of them. This goes for folks seeking assistance as well as those who question DV survivors. Open dialogue is key.

Jaymie Frazier

1.) What was your favorite outreach event in the JFrazierpast year?
This past year has been filled with several Outreach highlights, such as the successful continuation of the Community Education Series and the opportunity to present to the Super Bowl 50 Committee, but one particular event stands out the most.  In order to honor Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, my fellow Outreach Boo, Annie, and I co-facilitated a presentation on teens and healthy relationships.  We were so thrilled to have a mixture of male and female teens between the ages of 12 – 16 attend, as they were an amazing audience.  They were highly engaged throughout the presentation, asked genuine questions about teen dating violence, and voiced the amount of insight they gained from the presentation.  The cherry on top was being able to see them create their own “Dating Bill of Rights” and share it on their Instagram accounts for friends to see.  At the end of the presentation, I was filled with so much excitement, fulfillment,
and gratitude because I felt the Outreach Boos really made a difference.  It wasn’t too long ago that Annie and I created the Community Education Series in hopes of reaching out and educating the community about domestic violence, so to be able to watch our dreams come to life is truly amazing!

2.) What motivates you to continue your volunteer work at WINC?
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in itself is all the motivation I need to continue my volunteer work!  I have volunteered for over 3 years now, and the reason I’ve stayed this long is because of all the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure collaborating with, the impact I’ve been able to witness, and most importantly, knowing all the work that still needs to be done.  Domestic Violence is a serious issue that occurs across all systemic levels, and thus needs dedicated people and unique organizations like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to take a stand.  As a school counseling graduate student, I am able to see first hand the lack of knowledge and awareness our youth have in regards to domestic violence and healthy relationships.  In order to promote healthy relationships, my goal is to target and educate our youth of today, so that we can all take part in creating a violence-free future.

3.) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I would say to push yourself to try new things and get involved in as many ways as you can!  Over the years I’ve tried my hand at various volunteer opportunities, such as the children’s group, support group, crisis line, social media, and events group.  Through these different avenues, I was able to see different aspects of W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and it was a great way to expand on my own skills and personal growth.  For example, when I started in Outreach, I was deathly afraid of the idea of public speaking, but now I look forward to Outreach presentations!  Another important piece of advice is no matter how involved you decide to be, it’s important to practice SELF-CARE!!!  Anti-domestic violence work can be tough, and in order to best serve others, we must remember to first take care of ourselves. Be sure to set time aside for yourself to do things that you enjoy and/or with people and things you love!

What the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team has to say about these stellar volunteers:

  • “Jaymie and Annie have represented WI through various outreach events. During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February the team coordinated the Community Education Series at the San Francisco Public Library and presented to 7 teens on Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence.”
  • “They have contributed to WINC in a variety of areas- social media, events, training- to name a few. They are a dynamic team and they approach each opportunity to represent the agency with an enthusiasm which is infectious. They demonstrate a unique sort of commitment and dedication. We are lucky to get to work with them!”