Congratulations to Mary Martinez on Her New Role as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Associate Director!

Please join us in congratulating Mary Martinez on her promotion to Associate Director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Mary originally joined W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as a support line volunteer back in February of 2008. Due to her hard work, commitment, and passion, she quickly progressed in her work and become a strong leader of the organization. Due in part to her commitment and creativity, we have transitioned to a “distributed leadership” model that has changed the tide of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s decision making processes, and stance in the field. Mary’s strong and steady presence at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been pivotal as we moved through many changes and transitions at the organization.

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Mary & a few of her favorite things | Mary y algunas de sus cosas favoritas

Mary is passionate about the intersections of violence; she is ardent in her approach to ending domestic violence and centers race in organizational operations, direct service and in creating collaborations across nonprofit sectors.

In addition to her exceptional work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Mary is involved in innovative projects outside of the organization. Mary is a member of The Network Weaving Learning Lab project, which seeks to build strong networks within the field and across movements, and the Art as Liberation project which seeks to explore arts as a medium for transforming community and survivor narratives on domestic violence.
Team W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is enthusiastic about Mary’s promotion, and know she will continue to help us grow and develop as an organization and as people. Congratulations and thank you, Mary!

Por favor acompáñenos a felicitar a Mary Martinez en su promoción a Directora Asociada en W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Mary empezó en W.O.M.A.N., Inc. como voluntaria de la línea de apoyo en Febrero del 2008. Por su esfuerzos, dedicación, y pasión, rápidamente progreso en su trabajo y se convirtió en una gran líder de la organización. Por su dedicación y creatividad, hemos logrado cambiar el modelo de W.O.M.A.N. Inc., a un modelo de “liderazgo compartido” que nos ayuda hacer decisiones en W.O.M.A.N. Inc.,. La constante y fuerte presencia de Mary, ha sido esencial en los cambios y transiciones en la organización.

Mary tiene pasión para la intersección de la violencia; es apasionada en su enfoque para erradicar la violencia doméstica y es intencional de centrar raza en operaciones de la organización, servicios directos y en creando colaboraciones.

En adición de su trabajo excepcional en W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Mary está involucrada en proyectos innovativos fuera de la organización.  Mary es miembra de The Network Weaving Learning Lab project, que se enfoca en construir relaciones fuertes dentro del movimiento, y Art as Liberation project, que se enfoca en explorar el arte como una forma de transformar las narrativas de la comunidad y de los sobrevivientes sobre la violencia doméstica.

El equipo de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. está entusiasmado por la promoción de Mary, y sabemos que ella continuará ayudándonos a crecer y desarrollar como una organización y como personas. ¡Felicidades y gracias, Mary!

Thank you for supporting Dismantling & Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities!

We want to send a BIG thank you to everyone who supported Dismantling and Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. On April 28th, we celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Dismantling & Rebuilding was about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by the words of Audre Lorde, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event sought to promote stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion. Board, staff, volunteers and community members came together to celebrate with art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. With everyone’s support, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board was able to put together a heartwarming and fun event that raised over $7,000 for domestic violence survivors, their friends and family.

  • The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors and, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteer, Alice Yom who worked so hard organizing this event.
  • The speakers: Beverly Upton, Alicia Padillapaz, Mary Martinez, Sharon Turner, Erin Scott and Lija McHugh Farnham
  • The attendees & donors
  • The volunteers who helped during the event: Sarah Lee, Lauren McCaffrey, Caresse Santin & Tony
  • Alex Orozco for donating her photography skills
  • Alicia Padillapaz & Miriam for making W.O.M.A.N., Inc. cupcakes for the event
  • Galeria de la Raza for hosting us in their space.



Free Rapid HIV & Hep-C Testing (Provided by GLIDE)


This month, we’re pleased to host GLIDE at the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. office who will be offering free rapid HIV and HEP-C testing! Please share with your networks!
Services available in English & Spanish.


¡Este mes, tenemos el placer de recibir a GLIDE en la oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. que ofrecerá pruebas rápidas y gratuitas de VIH y Hep-C! ¡Por favor de compartir con sus redes!
Servicios disponibles en ingles y español.

Community Education Series: Healthy Relationships Workshop

CES Workshops.pngCreating and maintaining healthy relationships is critical to our quality of life.

While all of us may value the people we have connections with, many of us do not take the time to consider what building and maintaining healthy relationships means to us. This topic is important because it helps us to 1) explore what is healthy and what is not, 2) identify clear, meaningful ideas of what our personal needs are in a partnership and 3) understand that we are deserving of relationships in which those needs are met.

When we connect this conversation to supporting domestic violence survivors, talking about healthy relationships can be an empowering thing. It is important for survivors to not only be able to identify abuse, but also to have an idea of what a healthy relationship might consist of  — establishing what they DO want instead of just focusing on what they don’t. It is not enough to advocate for a relationship without violence and leave it at that. Identifying our emotional needs, exploring healthy dating practices and knowing that we are deserving of relationships that are mutually loving and fulfilling strengthens our current relationships and lays the foundation for relationships we build in the future.

Please be apart of this discussion by joining us for a free workshop apart of our Community Education Series! This session will focus on what a healthy relationship looks like and how we can support one another in our relationships. Participants learn to recognize and define qualities of a healthy relationship, what it means to have boundaries, and develop a personal definition of trust.

When: Wednesday, June 14 | 6:15PM
Where: SF Public Library, Ortega (3223 Ortega Street)

Questions? Please call Alicia at (415)969-6802

Learn more about our Education & Outreach program as well as other ways to get involved at our website:

Want to support our programs? People like you are a HUGE reason we can provide our workshops regularly & free of charge. Please consider donating at

Community Education Series: Supporting Friends & Family of Survivors


Domestic violence impacts all of us.

Many survivors reach out to friends and family for support before they call a domestic violence hotline, or call the police.  We all want to support someone we care about; we want to see them happy and safe. So, when someone we love is being harmed, it’s natural to feel at a loss on how to help.

As community members, we have the potential to impact change. If we can come together and offer support based on what survivors ask for, we can send a message that they are deserving of our help, that the abuse isn’t their fault, and that they shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of someone who claims to love them. If we can ban together and support survivors, while questioning abusive behavior, we will send the overriding message that abuse doesn’t belong in our community–our circle of friends, our families, our workplaces or our homes.

Please join the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach Team at a free workshop apart of our Community Education Series. This session will focus on what we as family, friends and community members can do to support survivors of domestic violence, as well as what resources are available for all involved.
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00PM
Where: SF Public Library, Bayview (5075 3rd Street)

RSVP on Facebook/Invite your friends here.
Questions? Please call Alicia at (415)969-6802

Learn more about our Education & Outreach program as well as other ways to get involved at our website:

Want to support our programs? People like you are a HUGE reason we can provide our workshops regularly & free of charge. Please consider donating at


Allyship & ICE Presence in the SF Bay Area

With fears about the country’s mass deportation efforts, many of us have been wondering about ways we can show up & hold strong in support of immigrant communities. In addition to calls to representatives, rallies and community forums, organizations around the Bay Area are hosting workshops and talks to address ways we can apply knowledge to practice. Over the past couple months, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers, staff & participants have been attending “Know Your Rights” & allyship workshops in preparation for possible ICE presence in San Francisco.


Recently, a few of us attended a training hosted by Mission Graduates & PODER on how we can support our community in the event of an ICE raid. We learned about what resources are available, immigrant rights, covert tactics used by ICE officials, how to handle encounters with ICE and next steps on how to become a volunteer legal observer. The session was illuminating, we very much appreciate the time and energy that the representatives from Mission Graduates & PODER put into sharing this critical information with the community.  Sarah, a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Support Line Advocate who attended the training, said, “I learned so much! I enjoyed that it was a very practical approach on how to help and highlighted the importance of getting the word out there in terms of rights and resources.”

Some ways you can help:

  1.  If you see ICE in your community, report the activity with specifics on location of the raid & personal information of the detainee to Rapid Response Networks:
  • San Francisco – (415) 200-1548
    • The Rapid Response Network of San Francisco is made up of 21 community based organizations that provide legal and education services to the immigrant community. Our primary goal is to provide quick response in the event of any immigration enforcement activity. We have a 24 hour hotline, do raid verification, and provide legal representation to community members who are victims of these immigration enforcement acts. This service is offered in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese & Arabic.
  • Alameda County – (510) 241- 4011
    • Call Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP) for rapid response and legal services.

2. Help Mission Graduates & PODER host more workshops like this by donating here.

Additional resources:

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Guest Bartends at Tonic

A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to support our guest bar tending fundraiser at Tonic!

On Thursday,  March 23rd, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. board members, staff and volunteers got behind the bar to raise funds for our programs that support survivors of domestic violence. With the help of one of their bartenders, the group learned how to mix drinks and pour draft beers for the crowd. Between 6pm and 9pm, 100% of the tips collected went straight back to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. Thanks to our team & community support, we were able to draw in over 50 people and raise nearly $1,000! 


Much gratitude for our amazing team members who donated their time to support this successful event: 

Guest Bartenders:

Mary Kate Bacalao, WINC Board President
Christina Bulman, Support Line Volunteer
Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo
April Hall, Support Line Volunteer
Kathy Jeffery, WINC Board Member
Lauren McCaffrey, Support Line Volunteer
Genevieve Miranda, Support Line Volunteer
Sabrina Woon, Support Line Volunteer
Samantha Wong, Support Line Volunteer

Volunteer: Sarah Lee, Support Line Advocate

Volunteer Photographer:  Alex Orozco

Check out photos from the event here.

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