Most people think that domestic violence doesn’t happen in areas like ours. Or if it does, then women should have the means to handle it on their own. But domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic levels, professions, cultures, ages, neighborhoods. And when there are substantial assets involved, the abusive partner often has control over them, even if his wife has her own career.
That is why over thirty experts in the field of domestic violence have offered their support of LACF’s newest program, Women-of-Means Escape Network, Silicon Valley (W.O.M.E.N. ~ SV), a resource center designed to raise public awareness about this issue and to address the needs of women in middle-to-upper income areas who are experiencing domestic violence.
Resources and support include:
- A safe, confidential phone line and email address for women to reach out for help
- A website with an online directory of services-legal, financial, counseling, personal safety and relocation, educational, vocational, and reference materials on domestic violence in all its forms
- Support and guidance at every stage of the process, from identifying red flags and signs of abuse, through assembling a team and moving through divorce, and on to recovery and starting a new life.
W.O.M.E.N. ~ SV serves women and children in our area whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. W.O.M.E.N. ~ SV is committed to helping women of means find the means to break free from abuse and go on to build healthier lives for themselves, their children, and ultimately our community.