Ruth Patrick, M.A. is a domestic violence advocate and founder and director of WomenSV (Silicon Valley) a domestic violence program serving victims of domestic violence in middle-to-upper income areas. Ruth’s program was incubated by the Los Altos Community Foundation and recently moved from Family and Children Services over to another non-profit, the Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative (DVIC) whose executive director is a Champion of Peace Award winner for over 20 years of service in the field of domestic violence.
WomenSV will continue to maintain its focus on women in middle to upper income areas who are victims of affluent abusers. In the past 6 years WomenSV has worked with nearly 700 women and 6 men.
We do trainings for providers (including therapists, law enforcement and medical staff) and presentations for the general public about the forms that domestic violence and abuse take in more affluent areas. She also acts as a consultant for attorneys and therapists whose clients are involved with affluent abusers.
Our services include education and emotional support for victims of domestic violence. We run a helpline and a weekly educational support group. We also do court, attorney, and police station accompaniments and connect clients to resources.
Women/SV received awards in 2013 from the Santa Clara County Psychological Association and in 2014 from Los Altos/Los Altos Hills City Councils for outstanding community service.
Our director has received personal commendations from Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Rich Gordon, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo for her work with victims of affluent abusers.
Recent presentations include trainings for Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Altos Hills deputies, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Clara County Psychological Association, the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council’s annual conference, the Department of Family Court Services, and an interview with NBC and the Discovery Channel for a documentary on Domestic Violence called “Behind Closed Doors”. It will air on the Investigation Discovery channel in October.