Summer 2018 40-Hour Hybrid Domestic Violence Training

Training flyer 2018

What is does hybrid domestic violence training entail?

Our Domestic Violence Hybrid training is focused around preparing individuals to provide direct service support to survivors of domestic violence through the use of peer counseling, resources and referrals. Our training combines the use of online modules, online meetings, and intentional in- person activities. Together, these will be used as learning tools and community building strategies. This approach to training will speak to the tenants of different adult learning styles. Participants must have access to a computer, internet access, feel comfortable with online learning modules and take a flexible approach to learning! We also ask that participants come with the strength of vulnerability during our online meetings and in person sessions. For those without ongoing computer/internet access, we can do our best to make accommodations. If this applies to you, please contact Alicia at

Application Process: 

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 15th. 

Please go to to complete a volunteer application. Be sure to select “volunteer” under question 8 in order to be prompted to the appropriate application. The application provides us with important information about your readiness for anti-violence training and how we can best support you through this learning process. Please fill it out thoughtfully and completely. After you have completed the application, please email our Education Development Coordinator, Alicia, at to confirm we have received your application and for it to be reviewed.

Continue reading


W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Evening Peer Counseling Sessions | W.O.M.A.N., Inc. consejería de pares por las tardes


Starting  June 1st, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. will offer Evening Peer Counseling Sessions

Are you looking to connect with a domestic violence (DV) counselor? Would you like some support from people who won’t judge you or your choices? Could you use some personal care items or some assistance in connecting with community resources? Maybe you’re not looking for any of those things, but could use a laid-back? space to come drink a cup of tea and talk to someone about your DV situation?

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is the place for you. We will advocate for you. We are here for you–and now you can make an evening appointment with one of our counselor advocates.


As of June 1st, we will be offering evening peer counseling sessions. Sessions are typically one hour long, and take place between the hours of 4p-7:30p, Monday through Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: AN APPOINTMENT FOR EVENING COUNSELING SESSIONS IS REQUIRED.


Want to schedule an appointment? Please follow the instructions below:

Email is preferred.

Please send an email to with the following information:

-your first name and last initial

-three preferred days and times to meet with a counselor, within the days and hours listed above

-let us know what kind of support and/or resources you are looking for

-where you would like the appointment to take place (see WHERE section of this post)

Continue reading

San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition (SFVAC) | Coalición para la Defensa de las Víctimas de San Francisco (SFVAC)

We are pleased to announce the formation of the San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition (SFVAC) with the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC)San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) and W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
Creating a ‘no wrong door approach’, the San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition has come together to offer a holistic approach to helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault, domestic violence and stalking.

san francisco victim's advocacy coalition (sfvac)

Coming to any one of the SF VAC organizations connects survivors with compassionate and confidential support. This includes legal representation in criminal and civil cases, as well as legal advice and information for survivors. In addition, this holistic program answers to issues commonly related to surviving sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The coalition is able to assist our clients with issues stemming from abuse, such as housing rights, eviction defense, spousal support, public benefits, income security, debt, child custody, medical needs, immigration, etc., connecting survivors with the best suited program at the Justice & Diversity Center.

In addition to holistic legal services, the coalition offers a spectrum of emotional support to survivors engaged in legal services at JDC or CROC. Survivor advocates at W.O.M.A.N., Inc and SFWAR accompany survivors to court to provide emotional support. Ongoing counseling services, advocacy, and other supportive services are provided in a collaborative effort to fully answer to the needs of survivors.

As a part of this collaborative effort, CROC will also provide legal advice, information, and representation in Title IX sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence matters. Working closely with UCSF, CROC provides outreach, ensuring students and faculty are aware of these services.

For more information please call the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24/7 Support Line at (415)864-4722.

Es un placer anunciar la formación de Coalición de Defensa de Víctimas de San Francisco. (SFVAC) con Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC), Mujeres contra la Violación Sexual de San Francisco (SFWAR) y W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Continue reading

2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

On behalf of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors, welcome to our Annual Report!  

The following pages tell our story in 2017 – the year of our 40th birthday as an agency, and the year our Executive Director celebrated her 20th year in the field, her 10th year with us, and her 5th year as our dedicated leader. We celebrated at Galería de la Raza with our inaugural “Dismantling & Rebuilding” event, an evening of coming together as a community of advocates, program participants, donors, volunteers, and friends, andreflecting on Audre Lorde’s powerful observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

Our house at 26 Boardman Place – the home our staff create every day for ourparticipants and their families – sits on a strong foundation of intersectionality and inclusion. We stand with each other, to stand against divisiveness and polarization in our political discourse, as well as senseless violence in places like Las Vegas, New York, and most recently Texas. We stand together to acknowledge that so much brutality in the wider world begins at home, with disempowering domestic relationships and dangerous dynamics of power and control that have exponentially tragic effects across communities.

This reality makes our work more urgent than ever, and our most valuable resource – our people – are up for the challenge of “dismantling and rebuilding” better, more inclusive systems and institutions. Our six core staff members manage a passionate, well-trained pool of over 50 volunteers who are the living embodiment of Margaret Mead’s “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.” They change the world with the cumulative power of their presence – on support line shifts, in legal meetings, and wherever else a program participant needs support to rebuild an empowered life.

In 2017, on the abundant energy of our staff and volunteers, we’ve fielded more than 9,000 support line calls; managed 20,000 contacts on our online information and referral portal; provided 200 participants with therapeutic support; built up our Latinx Program with a 50-person membership; and deployed over 1,000 hours of training and outreach to scale our services. It’s a low-cost, high-yield model, and our Board of Directors is proud to partner with our capable and dynamic leadership team.

And to you, our readers, we extend our warmest thanks for taking a stake in our work and for caring about our participants and their families as they break the cycle of violence and build healthy, self-determined lives in 2017 and beyond. As you review our work and our outcomes – particularly, the programmatic returns we’ve generated with careful financial management – we urge you to make a gift supporting this important work.

Mary Kate Bacalao, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board President




What W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Echando Pa’lante Program Shows About Shared Power, Leadership, Relationship Building & Survivor Success

Since 1978, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has supported survivors of domestic violence through empowerment-based, survivor-centered programming that honors the personal autonomy, power and resiliency of people impacted by violence.  These principles are guided by seeing survivors as whole people who are the experts of their own lives. We’re very proud to share with you a report on a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. program that truly captures the essence of these grassroots efforts – this program is called Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward).

Echando Pa’lante is a survivor-led initiative co-created by women who had gone through W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Latinx Program (in-depth case management for monolingual Spanish speakers) and the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team. Initially, Echando Pa’lante provided ongoing engagement and a creative, supportive space for participants post-crisis. The set-up was more open than conventional therapeutic atmospheres which allowed for community building and bonding between the folks partaking in the program. Motivated by the participants’ desire to get more involved, Echando Pa’lante evolved into a program that includes a comprehensive leadership component where the participants who’ve survived abuse and worked towards healing and recovery, are trained to be domestic violence advocates themselves. With the assistance of Montesinos & Associates, we developed an evaluation report through the lens of how survivors define success. This evaluation centers the voices of Las Pioneras (the pioneers), the first participants and steering group of Echando Pa’lante. Below, we’ll provide a brief synopsis of the results, but, when you’re done, we encourage you to read the full report here. In this evaluation, you’ll get to learn more about the inception and progression of Echando Pa’lante, and the impact of this co-created project shaped by the participants who inspired it.

Continue reading

Announcing Evening Drop-In Support Hours (Starting February 8th, 2017)

W.O.M.A.N, Inc. is  pleased to announce that we will be offering an additional window of drop-in hours on Wednesday evenings. We hope that this may help to make our services accessible to folks who are unable to attend daytime hours.
11:00AM – 12:30PM
5:00PM – 6:30PM (NEW)
2:00PM – 3:30PM

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, Latinx Program, and therapy.

Drop-in support sessions are offered in English and Spanish.

To learn more, please visit our website at
For immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 Support Line at (415)864-4722

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. tiene el placer de anunciar una ventana adicional de horas de apoyo los Miércoles por la noche. Esperamos que esto ayude hacer que nuestros servicios sean más accesibles a las personas que no puedan asistir durante el día.

Empezando Miércoles, Febrero, 8 2017

Nuestras horas de apoyo serán las siguientes:

11:00 AM- 12:30PM
5:00 PM- 6:30PM (NUEVO)

2:00PM – 3:30PM


Horas de apoyo serán ofrecidas en Ingles y Español.

Para más información, por favor visite

Para asistencia inmediata, por favor llame a nuestra 24/7 línea de apoyo (415)864- 4722

2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

As the year comes to close, we are pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual Report. This report lays out our numerous accomplishments, our financial status, tells the story of a volunteer, board member and of a program participant and finally, how you can support our organization. I hope you will find the report is enlightening and inspiring.

Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Jill Zawisza
Executive Director
W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
2016 ANNUAL REPORT-page-001.jpg
Graphic Design: Noel Capapas