MAWS (Marin Abused Women’s Services) is committed to eliminating domestic violence, now and forever. Started in 1977 as a 24-hour emergency hotline, the California-based nonprofit uses a deep understanding of the roots of domestic violence to create innovative prevention solutions on local, state, national, and international levels. In addition to delivering a wide range of direct and emergency services, MAWS is recognized for its expertise in providing comprehensive prevention programs, advocacy, and training for the benefit of women and their children, men and their communities. MAWS accomplishes these through collaborations with volunteers, local communities, public agencies, funders, and organizations worldwide.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MARIN COUNTY EXEMPLIFIES A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC
Domestic violence in Marin County is a fact of life which mirrors
diverse communities across the United States and abroad; domestic
violence is the leading cause of injury to women. Thirty percent of
women treated in all of Marin County’s emergency rooms are battered
women. Domestic violence is the number one reported violent crime in
Marin County and a factor in a majority of homicides. Nationally, on average, more than three women a day
are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and nearly one in four
reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or
boyfriend at some point in her life.
What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of tactics, which may include any or all of the following: physical, sexual, verbal and psychological abuse. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
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