WomenSV: Serving victims of domestic violence abusers

Courtesy of WomenSV
WomenSV supporters attend the organization’s annual Gilded Cage fundraiser earlier this year. Pictured from left are Ed Taft, Sheriff Laurie Smith, Ruth Patrick, Kavita Tankha, Julia Miller and Damon Casatico.

• Mission: WomenSV aims to empower victims of affluent abusers by providing education, support and resources. The nonprofit organization serves to inform the public and professional communities about the prevalence of domestic violence and equip providers to better serve their clients and patients.

• 2018 update: WomenSV helped 140 survivors, including 28 in Los Altos and 24 in Los Altos Hills. In the past year, the organization gave presentations to the Los Altos Police Department, the Atherton Police Department, the Los Altos History Museum, the Los Altos City Council, Google Inc., Kaiser, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Santa Clara County Superior Court and more. Representatives also presented at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals International Conference in Anaheim and the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council’s Domestic Violence Conference.

  Profiles of WomenSV have been featured on “Good Morning America,” “Megyn Kelly Today” and in The New York Times, and CEO and Executive Director Ruth Patrick received the CBS/KPIX Jefferson Award for public service.

WomenSV added two new board members to bring the total to seven, hired a new full-time staff member in charge of marketing and operations, and increased its number of volunteers and domestic violence advocates. The organization also started an internship program in collaboration with USC.

• Why the Holiday fund is needed: WomenSV helps three to five new survivors reaching out for services every week. More and more businesses and agencies are reaching out to the agency to receive training to become more trauma-informed in dealing with staff, students and patients impacted by domestic violence. With the growing need for client services and increased requests for training, WomenSV needs to hire more staff to meet the demand.

Representatives are also working toward turning WomenSV into a training center that will educate providers across the country with regard to the specific challenges and risks faced by victims of affluent abusers and how to address them more safely and effectively.

The Holiday Fund will help Women SV continue to meet all needs.


Location: PO Box 3982, Los Altos 94024

Founded: 2012

Annual budget: $250,000

Staff: 2 full-time staff; 30 volunteers


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