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New Community Outreach Transit Campaign

“While domestic violence has been prominent recently in the news,” explained La Casa’s Executive Director, Kathy Black, “domestic violence is a relevant issue any time of year, and La Casa is available, ready to act as a lifeline 24 hours a day, every day of the year.” Earlier this month, La Casa de las Madres…

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Driving Change: Challenging the Myths and Stigmas

Domestic violence is a widespread issue, regularly silenced—“it’s a private matter”—or hidden from public view. When conversations to do emerge on the public stage, they are frequently mired in myths and misperceptions: that abuse is only physical, that it’s somehow provoked or allowed by the victim, or that if a person hasn’t left their abusive…

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Multi-Pronged Access to Legal Assistance

Whether accessed within a broader continuum of supports received at La Casa, or as a standalone service for a survivor solely wanting legal help, La Casa’s legal services provide skilled assistance in multiple settings so that survivors can more readily navigate a complex and sometimes daunting system.  Our support helps to shed light on legal…

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Service Spotlight: Increasing Awareness During DVAM and Year-Round

When it comes to awareness and understanding of domestic violence, our community has come a long way since La Casa’s founding in 1976.  Over these years, the Battered Women’s Movement has ignited monumental changes—from the eradication of the last marital rape exemption laws to the creation of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Yet…

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Stand with us Thursday to say ENOUGH! The facts DO matter!

This Thursday, August 16th, the Ethics Commission will hear final testimony in the official misconduct proceedings surrounding suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s conviction of false imprisonment in a domestic violence case.  At 12pm on the Polk Street steps outside of San Francisco’s City Hall, the anti-domestic violence community will unite for a press conference to say…

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Community Spotlight: Clear Channel San Francisco Public Service Campaign

Over the next few months as we celebrate La Casa’s 35 years, radio listeners across the Bay Area will hear vital messages about teen dating and domestic violence—and how to access help if needed—thanks to an exciting partnership with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment/San Francisco!  Representing seven radio stations, CCM+E San Francisco selected La Casa…

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Call to Action: Show Your Support for Ethics Commission Process

We hear you.  You’re contacting us and you’re angry.  After pleading guilty to false imprisonment in a domestic violence case, suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has refused to step down from office.  Now, the Ethics Commission is holding its official misconduct hearings before making a recommendation to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors about whether this conviction represents an inherent…

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Amidst Tragedy, an Opportunity for Community Change

“In recent weeks, a number of highly publicized stories have captured attention and inspired conversation about domestic violence….  The good about these stories—and others—is that they’ve gotten people talking about a topic often seen as a private matter. The bad is that these stories represent a true epidemic.” Read La Casa’s full guest post on craigconnects.org!  …

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La Casa Celebrates Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Throughout February, the Teen Program of La Casa de las Madres will reach out to local teens through activities at high schools and community based organizations all over San Francisco.  In partnership with high school Wellness Centers, La Casa will bring presentations and information about teen dating violence and healthy relationships to teens on site…

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Domestic Violence Allegations Against Sheriff Mirkarimi

Here at La Casa, we encourage you to stay informed, join the conversation, and follow the unfolding story of domestic violence allegations against Sheriff Mirkarimi.  Regardless of guilt or innocence, the media spotlight on domestic violence creates an important teaching moment.  Domestic violence remains a deeply misunderstood issue. This case is remarkable in that its…

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