October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Interpersonal and domestic violence has a pro-found impact on the health of women and girls. Violence and trauma can result in serious injuries and death and can lead to chronic health problems.  Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because they are often trusted resources in their communities, health care providers are in a unique position to connect women who experience interpersonal and Domestic violence with support.

 Providers do not need to be experts on interpersonal and domestic violence to conduct screenings. Screening can occur during a well-woman visit with a primary care provider or as part of any other health care visit. Just as providers routinely screen patients for diabetes or high blood pressure and refer them to specialists as needed, providers can also screen for interpersonal and domestic violence and provide a referral to local domestic violence programs and services. If a woman discloses abuse, the provider can provide brief counseling to 1) promote the patient’s immediate safety; 2) discuss the possible relationship between current or previous interpersonal and domestic violence and the patient’s health concerns; and 3) link the patient to support services and resources.

.When a patient discloses abuse, providers can make a referral upon disclosure of abuse, including referrals in which providers give women information that the women can make the best decision for themselves. [i]

 Locally, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium (SF DVC) has a list of providers and other helpful information. Local Resources include: 

 APA - Family Support Services
Home visitation to at-risk Asian families with children 0-5; parenting education and victim support services.
10 Nottingham Place
San Francisco, CA 94133
ph: (415) 206-5450
fax: (415) 206-4778

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Legal assistance to the Asian Pacific Islander community provided in a wide range of Asian Pacific Islander languages.
Domestic violence protective orders, divorces and immigration services; youth outreach and prevention education.
1121 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: (415) 567-6255
fax: (415) 567-6248

Asian Women's Shelter
crisis line (415) 751-0880
Counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter and support services for battered women and their children. Specialized services for non-English speaking Asian women and their children.
3543 18th Street, #19
San Francisco, CA 94110
ph: (415) 751-7110
fax: (415) 751- 0806

Bay Area Legal Aid
Civil legal assistance to low-income SF residents; training for welfare workers, police, judges, attorneys, advocates, clergy, media etc.; services for survivors of same-gender DV; outreach/education to youth and others.
1035 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 982-1300
fax: (415) 982-4243

Community United Against Violence
crisis line (415) 333-HELP
Counseling and advocacy service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender victims.
427 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 777-5500
fax: (415) 777-5565

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
Assists battered women in obtaining and enforcing restraining orders.
3543 18th Street, #5
San Francisco, CA 94111
ph: (415) 864-1790
fax: (415) 864-1082

Donaldina Cameron House
Counseling and advocacy services for Chinese and Vietnamese women; immigration and translation services.
920 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
ph: (415) 781-0401
fax: (415) 781-0605

Futures Without Violence
A national non-profit working to end DV through public education, public policy reform, model training, media campaigns and advocacy programs
100 Montgomery Street
The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
ph: (415) 252-8900
fax: (415) 252-8991

GLIDE's Women's Center
Support groups and services providing survivors of domestic violence with education, prevention and intervention while healing and empowering.
330 Ellis St. (Main building)
San Francisco, CA 94102
ph: (415) 674-6000

Justice & Diversity Center
Intake (415) 989-1616
Legal assistance services utilizing volunteer attorneys in family law and other matters including dissolution, custody actions and restraining orders. Hold monthly advice/ referral clinics including a One Stop Women's Clinic. 
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
ph: (415) 982-1600
fax: (415) 477-2390

Intervention program plus community advocacy; programs for Spanish-speakers. 
474 Valencia, # 235
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 552-1361
fax: (415) 552-1361

The Riley Center | Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence
St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

crisis line (415) 831-3535
Counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter and support services for women and children; transitional housing.
1175 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 552-2943 x206
fax:(415) 552.0337

Shalom Bayit
(510) 451-8874
A grassroots organization dedicated to empowering battered Jewish women.
PO Box 10102
Oakland, CA 94610

Survivor Restoration Program of the Sheriff's Department
Supports survivors through their own process of restoration and empowerment, while creating counseling and opportunities for personal growth. 
120 14th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 734-2312
fax: (415) 734-2300

Victim Services Division of the DA's Office
Advocacy for victims in the criminal justice system; training for criminal justice personnel and community outreach and education.
850 Bryant, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 553-9044
fax: (415) 553-1034

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
crisis line (415) 864-4722
24-hour bi-lingual DV crisis line with citywide shelter availability info; Group and individual counseling; Lesbian DV program; Latina DV program; Outreach and education.
333 Valencia, Suite 251
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph: (415) 864-4777
fax: (415) 864-1082


 [i] Adapted from: Office on Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/ipv_screening_508.pdf