On March 2nd, we visited San Francisco State University’s Beta Phi Sorority to talk about how friends and family of survivors can navigate disclosures of abuse. We opened the discussion by engaging the group an activity that highlighted the importance and value of community support for survivors of domestic violence. This activity set the tone for the rest of the presentation and provided a visual for participants to 1) see the role that isolation plays in abusive relationships and 2)how crucial a support system is for a survivor. From there, we established the definition of DV with the group and identified some dynamics present in an abusive relationship. With that foundational knowledge, the group explored how to recognize and describe some warning signs that a friend or family member might be experiencing or might be at risk for abuse. The rest of the presentation brought forth some skills participants could use to care for and safety plan not just for the survivors they are supporting, but for themselves as well.
The Beta Phi Sorority members exchanged insightful and engaging dialogue with us about how someone’s cultural values and beliefs might impact the way a survivor handles domestic violence as well as addressing some barriers folks might have reaching out for help. We closed the discussion with highlighting the importance of seeing survivors as whole people with intersecting identities and experiences. When supporting DV survivors, it’s important to know that they are not defined by their crisis and that their experience with domestic violence is a small piece of a larger story.
Many thanks to the Beta Phi Sorority sisters for inviting W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to their “Breaking the Silence” event and for sharing their thoughtful perspectives!
~Stephanie, Latinx Program Co-Manager & Shaena, Program Assistant
Drink for a cause! Meet our crew for some drinks and mingling at our guest bartending fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to 1) get connected with some fierce folks working to end domestic violence in our communities and 2) raise some critical funds for survivors their friends, and family.
When: Thursday, March 23rd | 6pm-9pm
Where: Tonic SF (2360 Polk Street, San Francisco)
Join us & invite your friends!
100% OF THE TIPS MADE BETWEEN 6PM – 9PM WILL BE DONATED TO W.O.M.A.N., INC
Entry is free!
Some faces making an appearance behind the bar:
Mary Kate Bacalao, WINC Board President
Christina Bulman, Support Line Volunteer
Loren Crippen, WINC 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
Shaena Spoor, Program Assistant
Sabrina W., Support Line Volunteer
Samantha Wong, Support Line Volunteer
RSVP on our Facebook event here
On February 17th, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach team tabled at Lowell High School Wellness Center’s Love Fest. Outreach Boos, Alicia Padillapaz and Shaena Spoor, were joined by folks from Hip Hop to Health , Planned Parenthood, LYRIC, JUMA, YAWAV, SFWAR, Huckleberry Youth Clinic and Hand to Hand Kajukenbo and Self Defense Center. Each organization brought their unique expertise to support and educate students on a variety of topics including reproductive health, self defense and creating a culture of safety, consent and sex positivity.
Left: W.O.M.A.N, Inc. Table; Right: Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo & School Counselor, participating in our Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activity
At the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. table, Alicia and Shaena engaged students with activities focused around healthy relationships. They provided two fill in the blank activities to choose from: Dating Bill of Rights and #YouDeserve. When thinking about relationships, the primary focus is often on the “we/us” — it’s easy for folks to overlook individual wants and needs. While the “we” factor is important, seeing oneself as a whole, unique individual within the partnership is so crucial. The Dating Bill of Rights prompts participants to reflect on what their needs and “rights” are in a relationship. Students picked one thing they would include on their “Dating Bill of Rights” by completing the statement “I have the right to_________.”
“I have the right to have control over my body.“
Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Colorado to the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team in her new role as Latinx Program Co-Manager! Stephanie has been connected with us for quite some time now, and we are so excited to have her back as a core member of our team. Keep reading to learn more about her experience with us and the larger anti-violence movement:
Stephanie started out as a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the summer of 2012 and has worked with survivors of domestic violence ever since. She also is a Sexual Assault Counselor at San Francisco Women Against Rape, where she worked as a Survivor Advocate supporting survivors of sexual violence. She is now working as the Latina Program Co-Manager offering in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors.
Stephanie comenzó como voluntaria con W.O.M.A.N., Inc. en el verano de 2012 y ha trabajado con sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica desde entonces. También es Consejera de Asalto Sexual con Mujeres Contra la Violación Sexual de San Francisco, donde trabajó con sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Ahora trabaja como Co-Directora del Programa Latina ofreciendo manejo de casos a profundidad para sobrevivientes.
Hi all! In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’re organizing a small project to show our support to teen survivors and those who are beginning to experience the dating scene.
The theme that we’ll be centering around is going to be “You deserve ________.” What messages do you have for the young people in your life about healthy relationships? Or maybe even, what would you have wanted to tell your teenage self if you could? If you’d like to participate in our awareness campaign, take a photo of yourself (or perhaps even get a group together!) with a sign completing the statement, “You deserve _______.”
You can send a photo to email@example.com or post it on your own social media sites & tag W.O.M.A.N., Inc./use the hashtag: #youdeserve!
Will be posting these picture on our social media platforms throughout February! Thanks in advance for your participation.
Hey friends! The folks over at Margaret O’Leary – Fillmore have kindly offered to donate 15% of all Valentines Day sales to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Stop by and take a look at their items while supporting our anti-violence work on Tuesday, February 14th.
Location: 2400 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Store Hours: 10am – 6pm
Thank you Margaret O’leary team!
All proceeds we receive will go directly back to our programs & services that support domestic violence survivors, their friends and family. Learn more about what we have to offer here & the impact you’re helping us make here.
Check out Margaret O’leary at: http://www.margaretoleary.com/
We know that domestic violence is only one layer that our participants face and many times they need a little extra support during the holiday season. This is why our Adopt a Family Program is so important. Every year W.O.M.A.N., Inc spreads the word of its Adopt a Family program, where local businesses or individuals can make donations, gifts or gift cards, to our participants and their families during the holiday season.
Adopt a Family 2016, was another successful year! The program received over $2,000 in the form of gift cards, and some gifts that consisted of: coloring books, toys, baby clothes, candles, makeup, and more! Our participants are always more than excited and grateful when the holiday season comes around. One of our participants said “I truly appreciate everyone that donates to this program, and W.O.M.A.N., Inc for always thinking of us during the holidays. You don’t know how much it means to us and our children.”
On behalf of W.O.M.A.N., Inc and our participants we would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated this year! And a very special thank you to Cole Hardware, for thinking of us every year and always collecting donations at their store. Without all of your generous donations, Adopt a Family would not be possible.
We would like to encourage folks out there to think of us during the 2017 holiday season. No matter the donation, big or small, that donation can give a huge smile to someone that needs that little extra support. Thank you so much.
– Adilia Preciado, Echando Pa’lante Coordinator