|1900 K Street , WEAVE - Midtown||(916) 448-2321 (Midtown)|
|7600 Hospital Drive , WEAVE - South|
|2401 Arden Way , WEAVE Thrift||(916) 643-4606 (Thrift Store)|
|24 hour crisis line||(916) 920-2952|
|Monday through Friday 9a.m. - 5p.m.|
W.E.A.V.E (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) was established in 1978 as a non-profit organization to assist domestic violence survivors and their families. It is the primary provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Sacramento County. WEAVE is determined to break the cycle of violence by educating the community for a better understanding on domestic violence and sexual assault. By doing so WEAVE provides numerous services as well as plenty of volunteer opportunities that are helpful in becoming more knowledgeable about domestic violence.
WEAVE is one of the older service agencies of this nature in the country, and possibly the first in the state. Compared to similar programs, such as Yolo County's SADVC, WEAVE works with a much, much larger budget, with nearly 100 employees and dozens of volunteers. They also own and operate two thrift stores - Weave Thrift Arden in Arden, and Weave Thrift in Carmichael. They have the Soroptomist safehouse shelter for women and children 'escaping a violent environment'. The safehouse was the first exclusively domestic violence safehouse opened in California. WEAVE accepts donations of goods, contact them for information on how to donate clothing, furniture, and money. The main office is safely located in Midtown.
It is WEAVE's mission to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in partnership with our community. WEAVE's vision is a community free of violence and abuse. At WEAVE we believe that crisis intervention services are only part of the solution.
Services include: 24 hour crisis line; confidential safehouse; counseling for domestic violence victims/survivors; counseling for sexual assault victims/survivors and their significant others; legal advocacy services; Domestic Violence Response Team (partnership with Sacramento Sheriff's Department); community outreach and education.
To obtain these services anyone can contact the 24- hour support and information line or visit their counseling center located at 1900 K Street in Midtown. These services are offered 24/7 year round and anyone from women to men, teens, and children who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are more than qualified for these services.
In 2011, WEAVE realized the following successes:
- 197 women and 168 children are at the safehouse for an average of 27 days each
- 15,865 callers received help from the 24-hour Support Line
- 1,006 women and men received counseling
- 57 children received therapy to break the cycle of violence
- 1,404 victims received legal services
- 212 rape victims were accompanied at the hospital during evidence collection
WEAVE is always asking asking for volunteers! WEAVE offers various volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in contributing their time. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Answering the 24-Hour Support & Information Line
- SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
- Providing office support (PR/Communication/Digital Media/General)
- Working at special events
- Helping out at the thrift stores
- Assisting in the Legal Department
For those who wish to volunteer in hopes of working directly with survivors are required to become pure certified by the State of California. In order to get certified one must have to attend a 70 hour training that is mandatory.The certification lasts for a year and you must attend a certain number of meetings and lectures, as well as in-service training to renew it.
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There many ways to donate to WEAVE. You have the option of donating money by filling out a donation form from the following website:(https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=weave&id=1) or simply mailing it in to 1900 K Street, Sacramento, CA. You may also partner up with WEAVE to host an event to raise awareness on the cause. In addition it is encouraged (if possible) to donate used cars, vans, boats, etc. WEAVE also has what is called Cinderellas Closet, a place to donate old formal gowns in order to help fulfill the dreams of a girl who is unable to purchase her own.
Old cell phones are another much appreciated donation that are provided to women for emergency communication.
Lastly, WEAVE's Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides care packages to each survivor they meet with at the hospital. Below are a list of items they are running short on or completely lacking, therefore any donations of new items are appreciated.
- Women's sweats bottom/top (all sizes)
- Undergarments (all sizes)
- Sports bras
- Individual snack foods
- Juice: boxes and small individual bottles
- Water: small individual bottles
- Men's socks
- Men's sweats/bottom all sizes (+xxx large)
- Flip flops
- Stuffed animals
- Small travel bags on wheels
- Large clear storage bins (with lid)
WeaveInc.org Personal Interview with Rodger Freeman, Prevention and Education Supervisor November 15, 2011.
This report was written for Cynthia Linville's English 1A class at CSU Sacramento, Fall 2011.