Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program

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

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Crisis Lines
  • Intervention & Advocacy
  • Legal Services
  • Prevention & Education

​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.


Domestic Violence and the Workplace Brochure

On October 6, 2014, in connection with October 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

 2017 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment Executive Summary (July 2018)

 2017 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment Full Report (July 2018)

Written by Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah
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.