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Violence Against Women


The Violence Against Women (VAW) Prevention and Intervention Grants Program is a major program for the Department on the Status of Women. These grant dollars fund community-based programs in San Francisco that provide essential violence prevention and intervention services to the community. Partner Agencies provide services to women and youth who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault in the following six priority service areas:

  1. Emergency Shelter
  2. Transitional Housing
  3. Crisis Lines
  4. Intervention & Advocacy
  5. Legal Services
  6. Prevention & Education

Did you know?
According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveys published by the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, more than one in three women have exerperienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Click here for more information.

​Click here to view a complete VAW Partner Agency Contact List


Year-End Performance Summary Reports

The Department produces a year-end performance evaluation each fiscal year to provide information on the amount of funding that Partner Agencies receive and analyzes the impact they make in the community. Click below to view the reports.

FY 2013 - 2014

FY 2012-2013

FY 2011 - 2012

FY 2010 - 2011

FY 2009 - 2010


Domestic Violence & Workplace Brochure

On October 6, 2014, in connection with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month which was launched on October 1 at City Hall by the Mayor, the city family, and community, the Department is excited to share a brochure on Domestic Violence & the Workplace developed for city employees by the Department on the Status of Women per a board resolution authored by Supervisor Eric Mar. According to the Board of Supervisors Budget & Legislative Analyst, an estimated 1300 San Francisco city employees are survivors of domestic violence each year. If you or a colleague is experiencing or committing domestic violence, there is help. The brochure provides information on workplace safety plans, how to support a co-worker who is being abused, workplace rights for abuse survivors, and community resources.

Domestic Violence & Workplace Brochure


Community Needs Assessments and Department Reports

 2014 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment

Written by ETR Associates, this comprehensive report detials the needs of the San Francisco community. It will help draft the 2014 Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Request for Funding Proposal (RFP).

Domestic Violence Counts: 2009 Census of Domestic Violence Services
The Department conducted a 24-hour survey of domestic violence service providers to gain a better sense of the help-seeking patterns of victims of domestic violence. The report outlines the findings of this survey.

Creating a Safer San Francisco: Integrating Multicultural Strategies to End Violence Against Women and Girls (2007) 
This needs assessment conducted in 2007 showcases the strengths of the current provider network, and examines gaps in the domestic violence intervention system.

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