Who’s Behind WomenSV
WomenSV Founder and Director
Ruth Patrick is the founder and director of WomenSV. Her background is in education, social research and domestic violence consulting. She has a Master’s in English literature, as well as a teaching credential and the 40-hour California state certification in domestic violence training. She is also a published author of a fantasy novel about child abuse (Prisoners Under Glass, ScrollPress).
Ruth previously worked at Stanford’s Center for Research in Disease Prevention, interviewing physicians and therapists to create a curriculum designed to prevent eating disorders in adolescent girls. She then taught this curriculum in the Santa Clara County and San Jose School districts. She discovered that some students had difficulty concentrating in class not because they had ADD/ADHD but because of the trauma they were experiencing at home as a result of being exposed to domestic violence.
She also uncovered a gap in domestic violence services in the northern part of Santa Clara County and in affluent communities in general.
Ruth’s teaching background heavily influences the WomenSV mission which is to raise awareness in the general community about domestic violence in middle-to-upper income areas, to educate clients and providers about the impact of domestic violence on women and children, and to connect individual clients with resources to help them deal with affluent abusers more safely and effectively.
Recent presentations and trainings on Domestic Violence in the Affluent Community include:
- A day long seminar for psychologists sponsored by the Santa Clara County Psychological Association for Continuing Education Credit
- A training for El Camino Hospital nursing students
- A presentation for the Counseling Psychology students at Santa Clara University
- A presentation for the Forensic Psychology students at Palo Alto University
- General audience presentations for Los Alto Library, Los Altos Rotary Club, Los Alto Golf and Country Club
- Ruth also writes a column on domestic violence in the affluent community for the Los Altos Town Crier
Members of the WomenSV Advisory Board
The advisory board guides and supports the mission of WomenSV and includes:
- Roy Lave, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Los Altos Community Foundation
- Emy Thurber, philanthropist, Los Altos Community Foundation board member
- Paul Marcille, Ph.D., past president of the SCCPA, California Psychological Association Board of Directors, Director of Undergraduate Studies Program at Palo Alto University, licensed clinical psychologist, private practice
- Nancy Wesson, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, past president of the SCCPA, 2013 Psychologist of the Year
- Jennie Heckman, Ph.D., Educational Consultant with Educational Connections
- Jennifer Keller, Ph.D., Stanford professor, licensed clinical psychologist
- Judy Bragg, director of development
- Indira Chakravorty, domestic violence advocate, founder of 2 domestic violence programs in Texas
- Rinske Bolander, domestic violence advocate
- Martha Cravens, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, CHAC program director
- Edith Collin, MFT, private practice, CHAC Parent Project leader
- Todd Emanuel, JD, former district attorney, civil law attorney
- Nedda Ledgerwood, family law attorney
- Debbie Appel, JD, family law attorney
- Elizabeth Basile MFT, Chair of Innovative Speakers program of CAMFT
- Ellie Van Houtte, journalist and photographer for Los Altos Town Crier
- Francine Roy, Divorce Financial Analyst
- Jennifer Walrod, Global Outreach Director, Harker Academy
- Michele Braucht, former Finance Director of Los Gatos and Menlo Park Firefighters
Supporters of WomenSV’s work and mission include:
Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Supervisor Joe Simitian, Judge Len Edwards and Assemblyman Rich Gordon.