Courtesy of Ruth Patrick
WomenSV supporters include, from left, Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, founder Ruth Patrick, and Pamela and Ed Taft. The photo was taken at the nonprofit organization’s Sept. 28 auction and fundraiser at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.
• Mission: WomenSV aims to raise awareness about domestic violence in the professional community; empower victims of affluent abusers through education, advocacy and connection to resources; and promote the right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own home.
• 2017 update: In the first 10 months of 2017, WomenSV served 150 women and two men, according to founder Ruth Patrick. Of those served, 31 percent were from Los Altos or Los Altos Hills residents, 36 percent were from other parts of Santa Clara County, 17 percent were from San Mateo County and 17 percent were from outside the local area, including other states.