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 to WomenSV, 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
WomenSV serves women and children in our area whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. WomenSV 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.
WomenSV is the result of the accumulated wisdom of over thirty experts in the field of domestic violence. It is designed to address a gap in services for women in middle-to-upper income areas. Abusers in this population often have the money, power, and influence to make it very difficult for a woman to escape safely, get a fair settlement, and keep custody of their children.
To address these challenges, WomenSV’s mission statement involves education, training, and support.
WomenSV works to raise public awareness in the Bay Area and to educate professional providers in legal, medical, and social services on the issue of domestic violence in affluent areas such as Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Atherton, Menlo Park, Burlingame, etc.. When it comes to domestic violence, whether it happens on a 5-acre estate or a one-bedroom apartment, the pain, suffering, and trauma are the same. And abuse comes in many different forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, spiritual, legal, and financial.
WomenSV also connects each domestic violence survivor in the Bay Area to resources so she realizes she is not alone and can begin to gather a strong network of support. If she decides to leave, she faces a powerful opponent. But with enough education, resources and support she can greatly increase her chances of getting free and of going on to create a healthier life for herself and her children.
And that’s how the healing, progress, and social change in our community will begin: one woman, one child, one family at a time.