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
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.
1) How long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
WI Support Line Program Assistant Stephanie
I first became involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. during their summer volunteer training in 2012.
2) What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
For now, I am currently the Co-Interim Latina Program Manager, where I am able to work with monolingual survivors through case management and any support they might need. I am also Co-Support Line Assistant as well Backup Advocate for the support line, which includes helping survivors through the 24-hour support line (1-415-864-4777)
3) How did you come into this profession?
I came into this profession with wanting to help people in the community. I wanted to be able to provide support for people of my community as well as learning more about Domestic Violence and how to best help survivors along the way.
4) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?
As W.O.M.A.N., Inc. grows, I am looking forward to how they can educate others around Domestic Violence as well as creating awareness in our communities, also helping our community members become allies. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is an amazing organization and I am very honored to be part of their team.