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.

 

Allyship & ICE Presence in the SF Bay Area

With fears about the country’s mass deportation efforts, many of us have been wondering about ways we can show up & hold strong in support of immigrant communities. In addition to calls to representatives, rallies and community forums, organizations around the Bay Area are hosting workshops and talks to address ways we can apply knowledge to practice. Over the past couple months, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers, staff & participants have been attending “Know Your Rights” & allyship workshops in preparation for possible ICE presence in San Francisco.

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Recently, a few of us attended a training hosted by Mission Graduates & PODER on how we can support our community in the event of an ICE raid. We learned about what resources are available, immigrant rights, covert tactics used by ICE officials, how to handle encounters with ICE and next steps on how to become a volunteer legal observer. The session was illuminating, we very much appreciate the time and energy that the representatives from Mission Graduates & PODER put into sharing this critical information with the community.  Sarah, a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Support Line Advocate who attended the training, said, “I learned so much! I enjoyed that it was a very practical approach on how to help and highlighted the importance of getting the word out there in terms of rights and resources.”

Some ways you can help:

  1.  If you see ICE in your community, report the activity with specifics on location of the raid & personal information of the detainee to Rapid Response Networks:
  • San Francisco – (415) 200-1548
    • The Rapid Response Network of San Francisco is made up of 21 community based organizations that provide legal and education services to the immigrant community. Our primary goal is to provide quick response in the event of any immigration enforcement activity. We have a 24 hour hotline, do raid verification, and provide legal representation to community members who are victims of these immigration enforcement acts. This service is offered in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese & Arabic.
  • Alameda County – (510) 241- 4011
    • Call Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP) for rapid response and legal services.

2. Help Mission Graduates & PODER host more workshops like this by donating here.

Additional resources:

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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.

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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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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Presents on Supporting Friends & Family of Survivors at SFSU’s Beta Phi Sorority

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 WOMAN INC PIC.JPGparticipants 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

 

 

Grab a Drink With us! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is Guest Bartending at Tonic Bar SF

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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 

 

 

Outreach Boos at Lowell High School’s Love Fest

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.

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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.

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