Women Overcoming Violence

215 women participated in drop-in support groups in fiscal year 2016-17

The GLIDE WOMEN'S CENTER walks with women on their road to recovery from violence, oppression and isolation.

Our Women’s Center is a safe and supportive community that empowers survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, including stalking, to heal and thrive. Through changing core beliefs and core values, we help you create long-term behavioral change. If you are a woman who has slipped through the social safety net, is living on the street or in an unstable housing situation, we're here for you.


Contacts:   Carmen Francois VIP Peer Case Manager (415) 674-5182

                  Judy Thompson VIP Support Counselor (415) 674-6023

                  Raija Freeman-Patterson VIP Programs Manager (415) 674-6030

                  2nd Floor Room 205 (Women’s Center)


Fax:  (415) 230-3973


Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

            Friday by appointment



Change Is Possible

We are a domestic violence program with a unique approach to transforming lives.  We provide holistic healing; addressing emotions, mind, body, spirit and relationships. Our services are designed to help women who face Intimate partner violence, and associated concerns such as co-dependence, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.  We move survivors of violence from crisis to confidence, from hopelessness to long term change. 

Women on the Move Drop-In Support Groups

Providing survivors of domestic violence with education, prevention and intervention while healing, and empowering.


Tuesday - Friday

Hours: 9 - 10:30am

Location: Room 205, Second Floor


In our daily circles, we encourage women to reduce the harm of risky behaviors by taking incremental steps toward healthier life decisions and relationships. Each day, the women encourage each other in finding their own strength and voice. Safety, support, and community are our watchwords. After each session, the women are invited to a special breakfast together from 10:30 - 11am, prepared and served by GLIDE's Daily Free Meals Program.


Monday: Harm Reduction / Through Art Expression 9:00AM – 10:30AM 

Tuesday: Meditation and Stress Reduction

Wednesday: Stress Reduction 9:00AM – 10:30AM

                        Healing Through Spirituals 3:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursday: Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Friday: Group Socialization (BINGO) 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Additional Groups and Services

Songs of Our Ancestors: Healing Thru Negro Spirituals, Wednesday: 3 - 4:30pm

Moving Beyond Survival

Changing core beliefs and values, and producing longterm behavior change.


A 9-week, closed support group for women who have consistently participated in the drop-in support groups and are ready to take a closer look at personal histories to get to the root of risky behavioral patterns. This group meets 1 day a week for 2 hours over the course of 9 weeks.

What Is Domestic Violence?

1 in 3 women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband, boyfriend or girlfriend at some point during their lives.


More than 32 million Americans are affected by domestic violence each year.


Domestic violence is the leading cuase of injury of women.


Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.   Abuse is emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, stalking, physical or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.  This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.  Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, income level, religion or gender.  Intimate partner violence can happen with couple’s who are married, living together or who are dating.   Additionally, transgender’s experience violence at the same rate and are also vulnerable to the lack of social service support, from police, hospitals and shelters.




"The Women's Building literally saved my life..."

Yolanda, Women's Center Participant

In the News

Former Women's Center Program Manager Zwazzi Sowo talks about domestic violence and the work GLIDE does in a 2011 article featured in Black Women 50 Plus Magazine.


Healing Through Negro Spirituals



Want to Know More?

For more information about these programs, contact the Women's Center.


Phone: 415.674.6023


Hotline Phone Numbers:

Domestic Violence Hotline:

800.621.HOPE (4673)

800.799.SAFE (7233)


La Casa de las Madres San Francisco/San Francisco DV Shelter:




Community United Against Violence San Francisco (LGBT):

415.333.HELP (4357)


Crime Victims Hotline:

866.689.HELP (4357)


Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline:



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

800.273.TALK (8255)


TDD phone number for all hotlines:





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