According to a recent report by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States.
This shows the magnitude of this issue and the work that WOMENSV is facing. Please contact us if you would like to support our efforts to help this vulnerable population.
WOMEN SV Director, Ruth Patrick, has been invited to present at the annual Domestic Violence Conference on October 3, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council. More details as they become available.
She has also been chosen by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to join a task force studying ways to improve policies and procedures around intimate partner violence.
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.
Our Fabulous Sponsors
We are so grateful to our wonderful sponsors for donating over $1,000.00 in prizes for our Women Rising event:
…to the Los Altos Community Foundation which sponsors our WOMEN/SV program. LACF has donated a free membership with lots of ways to get involved in our community–about 20 different programs—there’s something for everyone! Tons of opportunities to meet new people! And parties and mixers…Come for the wine–stay for the hors d’oeuvres!
…to Kelly for her elegant jewelry
…to Sheri Dodsworth, cpa, accountant, inventor, and co-chair of the los Altos Community Foundation for donating her elegant and practical Port-a-Vault designed to organize and carry all your important documents
…to Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods for the beautiful roses
…to Starbucks—for the lovely gift basket
…to Lisa’s Tea Treasures for a delightful Victorian tea for two
…to Shoko’s—for SIX gift certificates to get something pretty!
…to Peet’s for their lovely gift bag
…to Albertine—hair stylist and owner of Sirena Scena salon for the fragrant gift basket of beauty products!
…and to the gentleman donor who wishes to remain anonymous for his handcrafted fly box for fishermen/women. Something classy to hold your lures when you go fly fishing—for ladies who like to fish or have sweethearts who like to, it could double as a treasure box it’s so beautifully made! Kind sir, thank you for thinking of the gentlemen in our audience!
…to Jamie’s Main Street Café for donating her restaurant today and for the gift certificate for a delicious lunch—don’t forget dessert!
…to Cook’s Junction for the gift certificate to get something saucy for your kitchen
…to Know Knew Books for TWO $50.00 gift certificates! Bringing back the joy of flipping through pages in a bookstore!
…to Bus Barn Theatre/otherwise known as Los Altos Stage Company for TWO pairs of tickets to see Harold and Maude
… to the Los Altos Town Crier for a one year subscription for new subscribers—be in the know. Get the news while it’s still new!
… to the Chamber of Commerce for a one year subscription for new members—get invited to all the best parties, meet all the movers and shakers in our town. Become one of them—a mover or a shaker!
…to Maltby’s—with entertainment on the weekends—so come on down!
…to Stuart’s Apparel—Get yourself or your honey something nice!
Thanks to all of you for making this special day that celebrates women and healthy relationships even more special!
WOMEN/SV is very grateful to our sponsors: Los Altos Community Foundation, Main Street Cafe, Cook’s Corner, Starbucks, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s for supplying the gifts! And more are rolling in by the hour.
If you’d like to become a sponsor email womensv
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
Where: Main Street Café, Los Altos, CA
The Santa Clara County Psychological Association honored WomenSV with its 2013 Outstanding Community Service Award.