Every year in the U.S., thousands of women are victims of domestic violence, serving as the primary cause of homelessness.

 

In California, there can be as many as 500 women and children per day in need of shelter and statistics show being homeless makes families vulnerable to other forms of trauma such as physical and sexual assault, violence, or abrupt separation. These experiences have widespread effects on the health and well-being of all members of the family.

Take a moment and explore how these charities are making a difference in the community by providing much needed support to those in need.

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Since 1987, the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center has provided a safe environment, warm meals, counseling, and support to identify housing to any homeless woman and her children during the day, when shelters are closed.

 

WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month.

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The Homeless Prenatal Program is a family resource center that has served the community for over 30 years by providing poor and homeless families the ability to end childhood poverty.

 

Built on a foundation of supportive, nonjudgmental case management, HPP empowers over 3,500 families annually, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives.

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Center for Domestic Peace is dedicated to eradicating the number one violent crime in Marin County which is domestic violence. Center for Domestic Peace has three main strategies: safety and empowerment, coordinated community response, and social transformation.

 

Since 1971, Center for Domestic Peace has responded to the needs of more than 195,000 women and children affected by domestic violence.

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Since 1998, San Francisco SafeHouse has provided a nurturing and empowering living community for homeless women escaping sexual exploitation, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

 

SafeHouse offers an 18 month program to serve women and provides a safe place to live while offering money management consultations, summer barbecues, and connections to attorneys.

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With a mission to end domestic violence and oppression, Asian Women’s Shelter provides a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, and case management for survivors and their children.

 

Since 1988, Asian Women’s Shelter has individualized each survivors plan to feel safe again.

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The mission of La Casa de las Madres is to respond to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

La Casa de Las Madres gives survivors the tools needed to transform their lives and seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and redefining public perceptions about domestic violence.

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Shalom Bayit strives to eliminate domestic violence in the Jewish community by creating culturally specific models of domestic violence prevention and response.

 

Shalom Bayit serves as a bridge for battered women and children to seek refuge from an oppressive household. Serving over 2,000 individuals a year, Shalom Bayit has thrived in empowering the Jewish community since 1992.

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Formed in 1991, Maitri provides help to South Asian women facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict.

 

Maitri offers many services including a transitional home for women (and their children) who have left abusive relationships and are on their way to rebuilding their lives.

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Founded in 1982, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium is a network of seventeen domestic violence service agencies that come together with the goal of providing high quality, coordinated and comprehensive services to San Francisco’s victims of domestic abuse.

 

The services from the individual agencies include emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis lines, counseling, prevention programs, education and legal assistance.

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San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) provides resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals, and communities in San Francisco that are responding to, healing from, and struggling to end sexual violence.

 

SFWAR has provided rape crisis services to survivors of sexual assault for over 30 years and is the primary provider of rape crisis services in San Francisco.

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Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

 

Dress for Success San Francisco launched its program in 2006 and has provided career development services and retention programs to over 7,000 women throughout San Francisco.

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Founded in 1971, Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) offers a place where survivors of sexual violence could receive the quality counseling and advocacy they need, and to provide community education around these issues.

 

BAWAR provides free services, peer-counseling and advocacy 24-hours a day.

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Since 1978, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has offered survivors of domestic violence comprehensive services tailored to meet their individual needs.

 

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. also seeks to strengthen the domestic violence field and provide trainings that will help future generations of domestic violence advocates as they continue to carry on this work.

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Founded in 1965, Junior League of Palo Alto offers a unique combination of volunteer, social, and training opportunities. JLPA is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

 

Junior League volunteers tackle Palo Alto’s most critical issues and go on to serve as Board of Directors for other community organizations.

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Her Allies seeks to empower women who choose to restart their corporate careers by providing a professional network along with equipping women with the support and resources needed as they journey back to their career.

 

Her Allies strives to be a catalyst for positive change and to lower the percentage of women who are unable to find a job opportunity after taking a break.

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Next Door Solutions is the largest domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County and has helped thousands of survivors and families move out of crisis and violence and into safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

NDS answers over 15,000 crisis calls and serves an average of 3,000 survivors of domestic violence annually through comprehensive quality services, advocacy, and collaborative strategic initiatives that target individuals, relationships, community norms, and societal attitudes.

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The Bay Area Furniture Bank’s mission is to promote dignity and stability in our community by redirecting donated furniture to families in need.

Since launching in 2016, Bay Area Furniture Bank has distributed over 18,000 furniture items to 1,500 families and 5,000 individuals. BAFB collects gently used furniture, inspects and cleans it, and then delivers it to those in need.

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Founded in 1972, Ruby’s Place is committed to ending domestic violence, human trafficking, and violent crime through hope, advocacy, and connection.

Ruby's Place provides survivors with crisis services, shelter, counseling, children's services, and also offers training and technical assistance for first responders and social services providers based on Ruby's best practices for supporting victims of trauma.

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Junior League of San Francisco offers a unique combination of volunteer, social, and training opportunities. JLSF is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

 

Junior League volunteers tackle San Francisco’s most critical issues and go on to serve as Board of Directors for other community organizations.

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Since 1981, BAWCC has improved the lives for thousands of families, children, and women.

 

With their dental clinic, computer center, counseling rooms, and even a rooftop learning garden, BAWCC has created an empowering environment for disadvantaged women in San Francisco.

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YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley serves survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking through life-changing and life-saving programs.

YWCA offers direct services to meet immediate needs such as crisis intervention, community support, emergency shelter, and legal services to achieve justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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