WOMEN/SV domestic violence program joins Family & Children Services


WOMEN/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is scheduled to become part of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley next month, an effort to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support and training program services throughout northern Santa Clara County.

WOMEN/SV, founded in 2011 by Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities and training professionals throughout the county to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since its inception, the program has served more than 200 domestic violence victims.

“I am excited to move the WOMEN/SV program to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley,” Patrick said. “FCS has the resources and reputation in the field of family violence prevention to enhance our program, help more victims find a path to freedom and continue the conversation on domestic violence in our communities.”

The Los Altos Community Foundation has fiscally sponsored and “incubated” WOMEN/SV since its founding, according to foundation Executive Director Joe Eyre. He lauded Patrick as a “great example” of a community member who saw an unmet local need and started a service to address it with support from the foundation’s nonprofit incubation program. The move to Family & Children Services will enable her to take the WOMEN/SV program to the next level, he added.

WOMEN/SV, which will join the Family & Children Services portfolio of integrated programs and services that address health and human services needs, will be based out of the organization’s Palo Alto office.

“FCS has worked closely with Ruth Patrick and WOMEN/SV on domestic violence prevention and advocacy, and we are delighted to welcome WOMEN/SV as part of our organization,” said Diana Neiman, president and CEO of Family & Children Services.

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