Recently, we highlighted our Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC) project. This website of collective information concerning available resources for survivors of domestic violence is changing the way domestic violence service providers collaborate. Now, the David B. Gold Foundation has awarded W.O.M.A.N., Inc. $10,000 to further strengthen the tool and its integration with the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24-hour domestic violence support line.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is the only California agency providing a hotline as its core service. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also has it as the main service, but its focus is not local. In fact, it refers calls to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for Bay Area resource knowledge. The DVIRC works to bring together over 30 domestic violence agencies to share resource and bed availability. One-third of our callers want to know which shelter they should contact for a room immediately. The callers are not only individual survivors, but also domestic violence agencies and social service organizations. Keeping resource and bed availability information current will cut down on the number of calls a domestic violence survivor needs to make and will facilitate keeping that caller alive and safe. Thank you, David B. Gold Foundation, for investing in this vital tool to help survivors end the cycle of violence occurring in their lives.