WomenSV draws local, national attention in quest to help domestic violence victims

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KPIX reporter Sharon Chin, left, interviews Ruth Patrick in mid-July in Patrick’s downtown Los Altos office.

Awareness and recognition of WomenSV’s work continues to grow. KPIX Channel 5 recently awarded its weekly Jefferson Awards Foundation honor to the Los Altos-based nonprofit organization, which helps affluent victims of domestic violence.

The TV station sent a crew to WomenSV’s downtown Los Altos office to interview Ruth Patrick, founder and executive director, about the group’s mission.

“Ruth Patrick has dedicated her life to helping domestic violence survivors in a community where some might not think it would occur: Silicon Valley,” the KPIX story began.

Since Patrick founded WomenSV in 2012, the organization has helped approximately 1,200 domestic violence survivors. The Jefferson Awards recognition followed recent national TV appearances on “Good Morning America” and “Megyn Kelly Today.” The “Good Morning America” segment addressed the issue of using remote high-tech devices in the household to exert emotional control over domestic violence victims. Examples included controlling locks, lights or adjusting the thermostat to uncomfortable temperatures. The piece followed an article on the same topic in The New York Times, in which Patrick was also quoted.

“I am so grateful for the attention being paid to this issue at last,” Patrick said.

WomenSV, a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient, provides services that include a helpline, weekly support group meetings, individualized safety planning and access to a network of professionals such as therapists and attorneys.

“What do you bring to these women?” KPIX reporter Sharon Chin asked Patrick during the segment.

“In a word, hope,” Patrick replied.

“(Patrick) is truly a guiding light to freedom,” one domestic violence victim attested.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service and its foundation were created in 1972 to recognize “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” Awards are given at both national and local levels. The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was one of its co-founders.

To watch the WomenSV Jefferson Awards segment, visit

To watch the “Good Morning America” segment, visit

For more information on WomenSV, visit

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