Because it is the right of every woman and child to have peace, safety, and freedom in their own home, and to live free of fear. And because the more we know, the more we can do to end domestic violence.
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WomenSV is a 501c3 nonprofit. The program has been endorsed by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. The Santa Clara County Psychological Association presented WomenSV with 2013 award for Outstanding Community Service.
The public perception is that domestic violence doesn’t happen in more affluent. Or if it does, then “women of means” ought to have “the means” to look after it themselves. This misconception has created a gap in services for women in affluent communities who are victims of emotional, verbal, physical, financial, and sexual abuse.
The truth is domestic violence affects women regardless of race, career, or economic status. And when it comes to domestic violence, the two hardest income brackets to escape from are the lowest and the highest.
In the higher income brackets, affluent abusers often control all the resources. Their money, power, influence, positive public image, and technical savvy can make it hard for a woman to:
- leave the relationship safely
- get a fair settlement
- keep custody of her children.
Children suffer too, as a result of domestic violence. Those who grow up in abusive homes are at significantly higher risk for becoming victims or abusers themselves and for developing emotional and physical health issues as adults—from migraines and digestive disorders to anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.
Our clients may start out feeling hopeless and helpless. But with the information, support, and resources that WomenSV offers, they learn to identify the types of abuse they have been subjected to, the power and control tactics used by affluent abusers, and more effective strategies to deal with them.
Over time, our clients come to understand that the abuse is not their fault, they do not deserve it, and there is a way out, there is help, and they have options. They are not alone anymore.
WomenSV offers new help and new hope for victims of affluent abusers.
How does the program work?
WomenSV helps women take that first step towards a life free of domestic violence, including emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, financial, and legal abuse.
WomenSV raises awareness about domestic violence in affluent communities through presentations, trainings, articles, interviews, and educational materials.
WomenSV offers information, support, and resources to help women deal with affluent abusers more safely and effectively.
- Safety planning and consulting
- A weekly support group
- Confidential private consulting by phone and in person
- Court and police station accompaniment
- Directory of domestic violence resources which includes: therapists and lawyers with training and experience in all forms of domestic violence; educational consultants for children struggling in school, financial consultants to help determine and manage assets; educational materials and online resources, links to social and legal services.