How to Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month This October

  1. Knowledge is power! Educate yourself about healthy and unhealthy relationships.ch1-graph2Learn about the additional barriers people from different communities face when experiencing domestic violence. Challenge traditional ideas of domestic violence & squash misconceptions. Read about how different patterns of violence intersect with one another. Spread that knowledge around!
  2. Wear purple, the domestic violence awareness color. Show your support by adding some purple to your ensembles this October.
  3. Donate!
    • If you’re interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.:
      1. Allstate’s Purple Purse Challenge! We are excited to be selected to  participate in this annual event, a nation-wide fundraiser to raise awareness of financial abuse & to promote economic empowerment. We have a chance to win $100,000 and would love to garner your support in our cause. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
      2. Contribute to our Pet Fund! Anyone who donates $25+ to the Pet Fund will receive a 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar
  • We are amongst a plethora of bay area anti-violence agencies. Find one you support, and contribute to the cause. Any little bit helps.

4.  Attend an event near you! Domestic violence agencies from all around the country will be hosting events to honor DV awareness month. Participating in one is an easy way to be apart of the movement.

5. Contact a local domestic violence agency to learn more about domestic violence and what you can do to help.

  • Interested in getting involved? Check out our volunteer opportunities!
  • Engage. Educate. Empower! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is offering a free workshop on how to support survivors of domestic violence. supporting-survivors-ces

6. Talk about it! Don’t be afraid to initiate conversations about domestic violence awareness. With that said, part of being a good ally is to do your best to exercise non-judgmental love and support. If someone opens up to you about their experience with abuse, actively listen and believe the survivor when they are brave enough to speak their truth. Here are some tips on disclosure to keep in mind when dealing with those experiencing domestic violence:


7. Take action on social media! The internet is FULL of stuff to get involved with. Share with your networks why you’re standing up against DV this month, start/participate in awareness campaigns (Examples: SurvivedAndPunished, NoMore, CPEDV Calendar, #SeeDV). So many ways to show your support just from your computer at home.

Remember, domestic violence is a community issue. You can have a role in ending domestic violence. Learn more about ways you can help:


If you feel you or someone you know may be experiencing abuse, please feel free to give our support line a call at (415)864-4722. We are here for you 24/7. | 



W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Advocates at the WOVEN World Summit

International Women’s Day

8th March, 2016

“It takes some skill to hold a group of strong women, and Rachel & Monika do just that. Woven is an incredible healing container for Women to let down their guard, to bring all of themselves, and to discover the woman within us that is unstoppable. Every woman needs a tribe behind her, and WOVEN is a tribe that can hold us all. Sage Lavine, Business Coach and Inspirational Speaker


W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers, Rosa Medrano & Juliette-Marie Somerset,  at the 2016 WOVEN World Summit



We spend most of our lives moving from point A to point B.  This past weekend I had the good fortune of spending two days sitting in circles, co-creating in circles and walking in circles with women.  Sage was one of the many inspiring speakers at Woven World Summit here in San Francisco. She describes beautifully my personal Woven experience.  The event was “an incredible healing container for Women”.

WOVEN is a network of face-to-face circles of women who gather to support one another to THRIVE. They meet in communities all across the U.S. to explore real stories, wisdom, and care for one another and themselves. They experience heart-felt connection, deep listening, authenticity and humility as they discover greater meaning and purpose, joy, and health.  Woven circles are united by an online community and resources, offline events, and annual conferences.

On International Women’s Day, I am very grateful for our local W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community.  As women, we need our circles holding us. Incredible things happen when women are empowered and safe to contribute to society and our local communities.

-Juliette-Marie Somerset, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Support Line Volunteer


Notice: 415/658 Area Code Overlay Effective February 21, 2015

Beginning on February 21, 2015, it will be required to use new dialing procedures for the area codes, 415 and 628.  The geographic area that ‘415’ normally covers (county of San Francisco, most of Marin County, and some of San Mateo County) will be adding another area code(628) which is called an Overlay.  This addition will simply require all of us to change the way we dial our calls. You may also have to re-program phone numbers in your devices.415-Overlay

This change not only affects those who have a phone number with a 415 area code and those who will receive a phone number with a 628 area code in the future; it also affects those of us who are service providers.  Many of us work with marginalized communities who are accessing social services and it’s a reminder that we’ll need be mindful of the contact numbers when we’re referring folks to other services.

To complete calls from a landline phone, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial 1 + area code + telephone number. This means that all calls in the 415 area code that are currently dialed with seven digits will need to be dialed using 1 + area code + telephone number.   
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Join the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. TransAmerica® Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ MaRathon San Francisco™ Team!

Gina Li, rockstar volunteer, writes on why she joined Team W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

This will be my 2nd Half Marathon and I am once again, proudly running it alongside fellow members of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. (Women Organized to Make Abuse Non-Existent) is an anti-domestic violence agency in the Bay Area that truly works with survivors of domestic violence in recognizing their immense strength and furthermore, stay safe in their often extremely tenuous circumstances.

Running a half-marathon poses a physical and mental challenge that to me, symbolizes the great potential and resilience of all human-beings, both individually and collectively. Running in and of itself is often a very solitary activity–having the appeal of providing time for self-reflection. With the added element of a race, where many different people run alongside one another, I personally feel a great sense of solidarity–a united front to encourage us to rise above all of life’s challenges. So many times in my life, I have felt that I am not “good” enough and was often made to feel very weak; running this event with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is one way I am proving to myself and others that I am capable and strong.

Join Gina and some other awesome team members; contact for more info.

Check out our Facebook event page here!

Blue Shield Foundation Awards Grant to Expand DVIRC Statewide

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is happy to announce that with the financial support of the Blue Shield Foundation, we’re able to make the DVIRC system accessible to even more domestic violence service providers across California. The project will span the course of two years and will include building a statewide expansion and sustainability plan for the DVIRC project.

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The DVIRC emerged when California and many of our domestic violence agencies were threatened with no state budget allocation for services. This would have resulted in the diminishing capacity to offer survivors services. The DVIRC offered a solution by using “collective capacity” techniques and tools to serve survivors. The DVIRC’s collaborative nature means the system’s efficacy expands exponentially with the increase of agencies joining. With additional domestic violence agencies added to the system, domestic violence advocates across California will be better able to ensure survivors can locate shelters and other vital support services in a more efficient and timely manner. Learnings from the last phase of the DVIRC project, which included piloting the project in Del Norte and Ventura Counties, indicated that there was a very specific need in regards to collaboration, especially in rural areas with sparse resources.

At W.O.M.A.N., Inc., we strive to be innovative in our practices in response to survivors’ needs. We also believe that to truly shed light on domestic violence and work towards reducing it for future generations, the domestic violence field must work together to build a stronger, more coordinated network of domestic violence service providers and thus more appropriate, efficient, and reliable services for those suffering from abuse. We must be able to learn about each other’s domestic violence programming and share best practices, specialized knowledge working with specific populations of domestic violence survivors, and communicate with one another in so that domestic violence agencies in the state of California are not each working in their own independent silo to address a global problem. We’re excited about the next phase of the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center Project and to see the positive outcomes of expansion for all survivors and the domestic violence advocates supporting them in California.

To learn more, check out the Blue Shield Foundation Website.

The Healthy Babies Act Signed into Law by Governor Brown!

In a hugely positive development for pregnant women – especially survivors of domestic violence – on September 26, 2014 Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1579, known as the Healthy Babies Act.

The Act, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone allows pregnant women to obtain CalWORKs benefits as early as the second trimester of pregnancy. CalWORKs provides income and employment opportunities which help keep pregnant women financially independent. Currently, CalWORKs assistance is not available until the third trimester of pregnancy.

Early access to assistance can help mitigate financial pressures and ensure better health outcomes for pregnant women and their infants. In fact, domestic violence is the most common health problem among pregnant women – one in six report physical or sexual abuse during pregnancy.

CalWORKs is a lifeline to safety for abuse survivors. According to the California Institute of Mental Health, eighteen percent of CalWORKs applicants apply for CalWORKs to escape abuse. Allowing pregnant women access to this resource earlier in their pregnancies will help low-income survivors of violence and their children remain independent, healthy and safe. WPI team with AS Mark Stone (bill author)

The law could not have passed without the help of the Women’s Policy Institute, and in particular the domestic violence team members: Mariya Taher, Julia Parish, Maria Caprio, Melodie Kruspodin, and Nicole Marquez who advocated for the bill throughout the past legislative year and were able to gather a broad range of supporters from California Latinas for Reproductive Justice to the California Catholic Conference.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is also a co-sponsored the Healthy Babies Act, and we are thrilled to see it enacted and the benefits that it will bring to pregnant survivors of domestic violence.

San Francisco City Hall Lights up in Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For the second year in a row, San Francisco’s City Hall was lit bright purple to recognize the star of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, City leaders, and over 100 community advocates from the domestic violence field gathered to watch San Francisco City Hall light up in purple for the second time in two years. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. staff members Mariya and Mary attended the event to join with the community during this recognition. The crowd wore purple glow necklaces and held signs to showcase the achievements of the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel and to indicate San Francisco’s continued commitment to ending domestic violence.

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If you weren’t able to attend the event, you can watch the event here: Mayor Lee at “Shine a Light on Domestic Violence” Domestic Violence Awareness Month Launch