Darlene Simitian

Ruthven Darlene thanks Supervisor Joe Simitian Thursday after Santa Clara County awarded WomenSV $250,000.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Thursday approved Supervisor Joe Simitian’s proposal to grant WomenSV $250,000. The Los Altos nonprofit organization supports domestic abuse victims.

“For years and years, people say, ‘Oh, it’s not really a problem in comfortable communities, places that are middle class or prosperous.’ And that’s just flat-out wrong,” Simitian said of domestic violence. “Abuse by perpetrators who are more affluent, more sophisticated, can be particularly hard to confront and combat.”

The funding will enable WomenSV to serve more clients by hiring staff advocates to handle increasing client volume and strengthening its organizational infrastructure, including using outside consulting services to identify best practices in serving domestic violence survivors, leadership practices and long-term organizational sustainability. All are critical pieces for the organization as it reaches its 10th year of operations, according to Ruthven Darlene, WomenSV founder and executive director. The funds will be disbursed over a three-year period.

“The support being championed by Supervisor Simitian will allow WomenSV to continue to provide vital services to domestic abuse survivors and meet the increased demand,” Darlene said.

For more information, visit womensv.org.