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.

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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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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.

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Community Education Series: Supporting Friends & Family of Survivors

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Domestic violence impacts all of us.

Many survivors reach out to friends and family for support before they call a domestic violence hotline, or call the police.  We all want to support someone we care about; we want to see them happy and safe. So, when someone we love is being harmed, it’s natural to feel at a loss on how to help.

As community members, we have the potential to impact change. If we can come together and offer support based on what survivors ask for, we can send a message that they are deserving of our help, that the abuse isn’t their fault, and that they shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of someone who claims to love them. If we can ban together and support survivors, while questioning abusive behavior, we will send the overriding message that abuse doesn’t belong in our community–our circle of friends, our families, our workplaces or our homes.

Please join the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach Team at a free workshop apart of our Community Education Series. This session will focus on what we as family, friends and community members can do to support survivors of domestic violence, as well as what resources are available for all involved.
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00PM
Where: SF Public Library, Bayview (5075 3rd Street)

RSVP on Facebook/Invite your friends here.
Questions? Please call Alicia at (415)969-6802

Learn more about our Education & Outreach program as well as other ways to get involved at our website: www.womaninc.org/education.

Want to support our programs? People like you are a HUGE reason we can provide our workshops regularly & free of charge. Please consider donating at www.womaninc.org/donate.

 

Dismantling & Rebuilding: Celebrating Jill Zawisza’s 20 Years of Leadership

The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors warmly invites you to Dismantling & Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. We’re celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.galeria1

When: Friday, April 28th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street, SF

Dismantling & Rebuilding is about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event promotes stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion.

JillAbout Jill:

Jill has worked as an advocate and leader in the domestic violence field for 20 years. She has dedicated 10 years to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., including five years as our Executive Director. Jill leads by building strong teams and putting people first. She’s created a powerful, resilient W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community that models our vision for the stronger, safer communities we strive to build for all survivors of domestic violence.

Join us for art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction in an intimate gallery space. Meet our Board, our volunteers, and our incredible staff of seven who provide crisis line, therapeutic, and other supports to survivors of domestic violence in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.
  • RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends here.
  • Can’t make it to the event, but still want to support? Donate in lieu of attending at www.womaninc.org/donate

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Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Get a 2017 Pet Calendar!

Friends! We are excited to let you know the calendar is now in the works & available for order! Thanks to your submissions, next year’s calendar is full of love & sweet faces. We loved hearing about the healing & pure joy your animal companions bring to your lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can reserve your 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here
Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Want a calendar, but wish to make a general donation to our programs and services? Make a donation of at least $30 $15 here, and indicate in the dedication notes that you would like a pet calendar!

Sneak peek below!

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Why Pet Calendar? Follow this link to learn more. 

 

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:

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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.

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