WOMEN/SV exits incubation

WOMEN/SV Domestic Violence Program to Join Family Women/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), will be moving to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS) in early January. As part of FCS, the Women/SV program will be able to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support, and training program services throughout Northern Santa Clara County.

The WOMEN/SV program, founded in October, 2011 by local resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities, such as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and delivering training to professionals throughout the county on how to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since inception, the program has provided support to over 200 domestic violence victims, many of whose children also have been affected.

“I am excited to move the WOMEN/SV program to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley,” said Ms. Patrick. “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.

LACF has fiscally-sponsored and “incubated” the WOMEN/SV program since its founding.

Joe Eyre, Executive Director of LACF, said, “Ruth Patrick is a great example of a community member who saw an unmet local need and started a service to address it under the support of LACF’s non-profit incubation program. Her move to FCS will enable her to take the WOMEN/SV program to the next level.”

WOMEN/SV will join the FCS portfolio of integrated programs and services that address critical health and human services needs throughout the county. The non-profit organization, founded in 1948, works to build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.

Women/SV will be based out of FCS’s Palo Altos 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 FCS. “We appreciate the important role LACF plays as an incubator for innovative approaches to addressing critical community needs.”

Origins of WOMEN SV

WomenSV logo FINAL 2 (1)WOMEN SV has another great write up in the Town Crier.

Patrick, who founded her organization in 2012 with a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation, distinctly recalled the difficulty some students had paying attention in her class one day.

“Some of them were thinking about what was going on at home – the trauma and the chaos they were living in on a day-to-day business,” said Patrick, whose organization offers a range of support services for abused women in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and other surrounding cities. “How can you pay attention when you’re thinking about how dad treats mom, or vice versa?”

 

http://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/community/177-features/48780-women-sv-offering-a-safe-haven-for-abused-women-of-means

 

WOMEN/SV is a LACF program

Second Annual Women Rising Event

 
It’s our second annual Women Rising event coming up

Come join us at the Main Street Café in Los Altos Friday, February 14th to celebrate One Billion Rising Day!

 

One Billion Rising Day falls on Valentine’s Day and acknowledges the grim statistic that 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime–in most cases by someone she knows. We want to keep the focus positive on this day and focus on the aspects of relationship that are the opposite of abuse.

 

We are inviting everyone in our community to bring in a poem, a song, or a story, or even a few words spoken from the heart about what true love, healthy love means to them. Gentlemen are most definitely invited too–some of our most powerful pieces were presented by men last year.

To give you a bit more info about last year’s Women Rising event here’s the news article.

Thanks to the big turnout and lively positive energy, Women Rising was a tremendous success last year. Come join us and help make it even better this year!

What: Women Rising Event

Where: Main Street Café, Los Altos, CA

When: 12-2pm

Ruth Patrick of WomenSV spot to students about affluent survivors of abuse

393 Ruth Patrick, Executive Director of WomenSV, gave a training to the Forensic Psychology Ph.D. students at Palo Alto University on Domestic Violence in the Affluent Community. 25 students attended. They left with a new appreciation for the suffering of domestic violence survivors who appear to have money and resources but often don’t have access to them.

Students learned that these victims of affluent abusers experience the same pain, terror, and trauma as those from any other economic background.

And they learned about resources they could offer these survivors. Word of the presentation and topic spread and 30 more students requested materials. Palo Alto University has invited Ruth for a return engagement in the new year.

Find out more about WomenSV!

392Ruth and Students

One Billion Rising Los Altos

 

  WOMEN~SV, along with several other women’s groups “convened” the community at Main Street Café in downtown Los Altos, on Thursday , Feb 14,.

And what a huge success it was, thanks to all the wonderful women—and men!! —who turned out to express their idea of what healthy love looks like. It was SRO—Standing Room Only!! —as you can see from the pics:

And the paparazzi were out in full force! Here’s the link to the Patch coverage which includes a brief video clip:

http://losaltos.patch.com/articles/los-altos-women-rise-to-meet-one-billion-rising#video-13385901

We all shared songs, read poetry, spoke from the heart. And everyone who participated got a rose, thanks to a generous donation from Trader’s Joes.

People are still talking about the spirit of love, solidarity, and connection that filled the room, proving once again there are no strangers at Jaime’s café—only friends we haven’t met yet. In fact it was so successful that Jaimie says we can do it all again next year. Thanks Jaimie! Thanks to everyone who was there that day—in person or in spirit—and who helped us show the world what “true love” really looks like!

WOMMEN SV is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation

WOMEN SV

Ruth Patrick, of LACF program WOMEN SV, is being recognized for her contributions to our community.

The Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA) gives the Agency Award each year to an agency whose contributions have significantly enhanced the well-being of the community at large, and includes in its mission the task of serving an underserved population, said Jeffrey S. Kline, past president of the SCCPA.

“Until I met Ruth, I did not realize how great the need was for her services in our affluent community,” said Kline, who practices in Menlo Park. Kline has sat in on the organization’s domestic violence support groups, accompanied Patrick to a conference, and allowed her to use his office on many occasions.

“The love and care Ruth shows toward the women who come to her, who have no where else to turn, is inspiring.”

from Los Altos Patch

 

V-Day/one Billion Rising Day in Los Altos

 

  WOMEN~SV, along with several other women’s groups “convened” the community at Main Street Café in downtown Los Altos, on Thursday , Feb 14,.

And what a huge success it was, thanks to all the wonderful women—and men!! —who turned out to express their idea of what healthy love looks like. It was SRO—Standing Room Only!! —as you can see from the pics:

And the paparazzi were out in full force! Here’s the link to the Patch coverage which includes a brief video clip:

http://losaltos.patch.com/articles/los-altos-women-rise-to-meet-one-billion-rising#video-13385901

We all shared songs, read poetry, spoke from the heart. And everyone who participated got a rose, thanks to a generous donation from Trader’s Joes.

People are still talking about the spirit of love, solidarity, and connection that filled the room, proving once again there are no strangers at Jaime’s café—only friends we haven’t met yet. In fact it was so successful that Jaimie says we can do it all again next year. Thanks Jaimie! Thanks to everyone who was there that day—in person or in spirit—and who helped us show the world what “true love” really looks like!

WOMMEN SV is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation

Women Rising V-Day Lunch

On Valentine’s Day February 14,
come and join us at noon at Main StreetCafe
(134 Main Street in downtown Los Altos),
and grab some lunch or
coffee for our “Women Rising, V-Day Lunch”.
V-day is also the day of One Billion Rising (http://onebillionrising.org),
a day on which one billion women all around the world will take to the streets
in response to this statistic:
1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
On this Valentine’s Day, the women’s groups WOMEN~SV, the CARDEA
Center, Women at the Well, and Lifting the Fog Financial Salon are
inviting everyone in our community to join with women all around the
world in celebration of our strength, hope, courage, power–and above all
our determination not to rest until every woman and child lives in safety,
peace, and freedom.
Bring a poem, a song, a flower, a valentine to share about what true love
means to you: like respect, forgiveness, patience, compassion, the sharing
of hopes, and dreams–and the sharing of power, wealth, responsibility.
Bring something to share or just bring yourself. But come! Because it’s an
important day, an historic day, the day the tide turns, and women rise up
to show the world the meaning of true love.

WOMEN ~SV Featured on Los Altos Patch

Great write up on Women ~SV on Los Altos Patch

 

Like many women in Los Altos, “Patty” lives in a large home and is happily married with children.

At least, that’s what her friends think.

Little do they know that she works from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. not because she loves her job, but because she fears going home to her abusive husband. On her drive home she constantly wonders, Is he going to be nice to me tonight?

One in four women is a victim of domestic violence. Chances are some women that you pass on your way to get Starbucks downtown or that you see picking up her kids from school is suffering in silence from domestic violence, said Ruth Patrick, program director and founder of Women-of-Means Escape Network Silicon Valley (WOMEN SV).