Thank You Verizon Hopeline for Supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Outreach & Education Program!

This October, as with every year, we celebrate and honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a part of this celebration, we step up our community education and outreach efforts. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sees this aspect of the work as critical; not only does it inform survivors, their family and their friends of our services, but it can help prevent violence from happening. One of our goals is to help our guests identify unhealthy behaviors that they may be experiencing or enacting themselves in their relationships.

Another goal is to support survivor’s healing through helping others experiencing domestic violence. We are honored to call on an amazing group of past program participants to infuse our educational efforts with their own stories. These women, all monolingual Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence, formed a group they call Echando Pa’lante (translating to Moving Forward). After graduating from a counselor training, they have become W.O.M.A.N., Inc ambassadors providing not only outreach, but also support group facilitation and crisis counseling. One of these women, Laura, helped San Francisco kick-off domestic violence awareness month by sharing some her story of healing at city hall. An excerpt of her speech can be found below:

As a survivor, I formed part of the group Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward), which has given me tools and the necessary training to support other women. I want to use that bad experience (with domestic violence), for positive things and make it reach many places. Through the outreach that we do, I am an example that “SI SE PUEDE”. I am a stronger person, with a free soul, I know how to say no to things that I do not like, and I love myself.  

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Ensuring we create spaces for women like Laura to share her story is of great importance to our work. As you can imagine, this work involves much coordinating, training and connection within the community; support from others invested in serving survivors and preventing domestic violence is crucial. This is just one reason we are so fortunate and thankful for the support of key funders of our outreach program. We are thrilled to share that we recently received support from a Verizon HopeLine to continue this vital outreach. Their support means we will be able to provide more hours of outreach this year, engaging not only with adults but with young folks as well. Many thanks to Verizon HopeLine for their continued investment to support this work.

Interested in having W.O.M.A.N., Inc. provide a presentation for your school, community gathering or organization? Follow this link: to request a presentation today!

 

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We believe you.

We were very honored to be invited to KGO 810 to talk about WOMAN Inc during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thank you to the station and to Ronn Owens for allowing us access to your platform; we connected with your listeners and hope some folks listening needed to hear about our organization.

Unfortunately, we weren’t present during the conversation about George H.W. Bush and the recent accusations of sexual harassment made against him; we wish we could have been there to join in and share our thoughts.

Nevertheless, we want to be sure that our community understands our stance on sexual harassment. Our stance is rather simple: Sexual harassment (including but not limited to unwanted touching, taunting, advances, threats, intimidation, inappropriate sexual jokes, or unwanted remarks on a woman’s physical appearance) is never OK. Never.

By definition, sexual harassment flies in the face of consent. There are no false equivalencies that can be drawn to water down the shame a perpetrator should feel after making unsolicited, unwelcome advances toward women. It can not be explained away, minimized or ignored–regardless of the perpetrator’s physical abilities (or lack thereof), age, position of authority or status. In other words, you don’t get a pass, (former) President Bush. Neither does anyone else.

When someone perpetrates sexual harassment they are gaining power and control, much like when someone uses abuse in their relationship. It isn’t OK. It dehumanizes the victim. Women are not game pieces to be played in brokering power moves. Women are not trophies for men who desperately need to feel powerful, for weak men who don’t like the word NO. Women are not conquests. Women are people with agency and rights. Treat us accordingly.

Finally, we want to center, in this case, women sharing their stories. They are not easy stories to tell, they aren’t always safe stories to tell, they are stories that can detrimental to tell. And yet, there is freedom in letting go of someone else’s secret. The men are responsible for their harassment. Our hope is that the #metoo movement (thank you Tarana Burke who created the hashtag 10 years ago!) will continue to help victims–survivors–to let that shame and isolation go.

We believe you. We stand with you. We hear you. We see you. We honor you.

Grupo de Apoyo Facilitado por Las Pioneras

Este grupo ofrece un espacio seguro para que participantes aprendan de los varios temas de violencia doméstica incluyendo temas acerca de los mitos y realidades sobre la violencia doméstica, tipos de abuso, relaciones saludables y otros temas. Este grupo estará abierto para cualquier persona que ha sido afectado por la violencia doméstica. Será facilitado por Las Pioneras, quienes fueron participantes del Programa Latinx y co-creadoras del Programa Echando Pa’lante de W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

COMIENZA: JUEVES 2 DE NOVIEMBRE, 2017
ESTE GROUP SE REÚNE LOS JUEVES POR 8 SESIONES EN LAS SIGUIENTES FECHAS
(11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 01/11, 01/18)

Proyecto para el grupo de apoyo a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica

Semana

Tema

Fecha

1

W.O.M.A.N Inc / Servicios

Nov 2

2

Violencia Doméstica

Nov 9

3

Tipos de Abuso

Nov 16

4

Mitos y Realidades

Dec 7

5

Sistema Sexo-Género

Dec 14

6

Relaciones Saludables

Dec 21

7

Y Ahora que voy a hacer?

Jan 11

8

Recursos  de otras agencias

Jan 18

Horario: 5:30 pm – 7:00pm

Dónde?: Oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco. (Entre calles Bryant y Brannan)

¿Preguntas? Llame a 415-969-6831

Favor de llamar para cuidado de niños

Otra Información:

Favor de llegar a tiempo. Las facilitadores no podrán abrir la puerta a personas que llegan más de 15 minutos tarde.

Si le preocupa su seguridad al asistir al grupo, por favor sepa que estamos aquí para ayudar con un plan de seguridad.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off at City Hall

Kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at City Hall yesterday! W.O.M.A.N, Inc. got to speak alongside leaders, advocates, and community members.

 

If folks missed the kick-off, we’d like to share Laura’s (a founding member of our Echando Pa’lante Program) speech about her experience w/ WINC below:
“Hace algunos años , viví una de las peores experiencia de mi vida, que fue la Violencia Doméstica. Viví en carne propia todos los tipos de abuso, desde psicológico, físico, económico, y sexual. Mi vida era un desastre, no encontraba una razón para vivir. Me sentía culpable por haber dejado a mis hijos en México, ya que como otras mujeres emigre a los Estados Unidos en busca de una mejor vida, pero las cosas no eran lo que yo creía. No tuve una, sino 2 relaciones abusivas, y fue hasta que estuve a punto de morir en manos de mi agresor que fue lo que me hizo reaccionar, así fue como llegue a W.O.M.A.N., Inc, aproximadamente en el 2007 y así logre salir adelante. Ya como sobreviviente, forme parte del grupo Echando Pa’lante, el cual me ha dado las herramientas y el entrenamiento necesario para poder ayudar a otras mujeres. Quiero usar esa mala experiencia en cosas positivas y hacerla llegar a muchos lugares. A través del alcance que realizamos, yo soy un ejemplo de que SI SE PUEDE. Ahora soy una persona fuerte, con una alma libre, se decir no a lo que no me gusta, y me quiero a mi misma. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ha estado a mi lado en los peores momentos de mi vida, pero también en mis logros. Nunca terminaré de agradecer lo que W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ha hecho por mi. GRACIAS!”
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We Could Win up to $100,000 — Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge!

Friends! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there are many ways you can get involved to show your support for survivors. One way is by helping your local domestic violence organizations keep their programs strong by fundraising & donating. For the 3rd year in a row, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been selected to participate in Allstate’s Annual Purple Purse Challenge, a nationwide initiative to raise money for organizations doing the critical work to support domestic violence survivors in their communities. Last year they were able to raise a collective $3 million for domestic violence organizations across the U.S. This is an incredible, month-long fundraising opportunity and we need YOUR help to make it a success.

What is the Purple Purse Challenge exactly? 
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New Bill (AB 2337) Requires CA Employers to Notify Employees of Their Right to Take Domestic Violence Leave

Many of the survivors who reach out to us fear their domestic violence situation may cost them their job(s). Sometimes it’s because the person that is harming them shows up at their workplace or uses other means to sabotage the survivor’s job security. Sometimes survivors feel they must choose between seeking confidential shelter out of their area and keeping their job. And, sometimes, trauma just really takes mental and physical tolls on our bodies. What many folks do not know is that, in California, there are legal employment protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. While these laws have been around, there has previously been little done to ensure that employees are informed of their rights around these issues.

Effective July 1, 2017, employers (who have 25+ employees) are required to provide written documentation to workers notifying of their rights should they ever experience domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. As noted in the California Workplace Law Blog,

This includes notifying employees that are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking that they may take time off from work to (1) seek medical attention for injuries; (2) obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, program, or rape crisis center; (3) obtain psychological counseling; or (4) participate in safety planning and take other actions to increase safety, including temporary or permanent relocation. Employers are prohibited from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee because of the employee’s known status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or for taking domestic violence leave.

These protections (and letting survivors know of these protections) are very important in increasing survivor safety.

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Shalom Bayit is Hosting a Fall 2017 Relationship Support Group for Women

San Francisco Support Group Forming This Fall for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship, past or present. The support group is co-led by Shalom Bayit and Bay Area Jewish Healing Center to create a spiritually healing, empowering, and safe space. It is free and confidential with childcare provided. All women are welcome regardless of age, affiliation, partner’s gender, or current relationship status. We welcome non-Jewish and transgender people who are seeking a Jewish women-centered space. To sign up, call Shalom Bayit at (510) 845-8874. For more information about Shalom Bayit, visit www.shalom-bayit.org

SF Support Group Flyer 2017 8-7 (1)