District Attorney George Gascón Partners with GLIDE Foundation to Expand Victim Services to Women in the Tenderloin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Denise Lamott, Glide, (415) 381-8793

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Rita Shimmin, Co-Executive Director of Glide Foundation and Zwazzi Sowo, Director of the Glide Women’s Healing Center to announce a new partnership to expand victim services office hours to the Tenderloin community. District Attorney Victim Advocates will hold drop in office hours for women at the Glide Women’s Healing Center, an organization that works with survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence.

“Removing barriers and providing access to services for victims, especially women, is essential to helping victims recover from the trauma of the crime,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “That is why we are partnering with trusted community organizations like GLIDE to ensure women have a safe and comfortable place to access victim services.”

The District Attorney’s Office will hold office hours on the 3rd Friday of each month, from 10am to 12:30pm at the GLIDE Women’s Healing Center at 330 Ellis Street in San Francisco. Residents will be able to make appointments or drop in and meet with trained Victim/Witness advocates from the District Attorney’s Office.

“Glide is pleased to partner with District Attorney Gascón’s office and other programs throughout the city to create more access to services that support women and the Tenderloin community in healing from violence,” said Rita Shimmin, Co-Executive Director of GLIDE.

In addition to GLIDE, the District Attorney’s Office provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. Services are provided in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

• Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street
• Wednesdays, 11 am to 1 pm at Mujeres Unidas y Activas, 3543 18th Street
• Wednesdays, 9:30am to noon at Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street.
• Thursdays, 2 to 5pm at the Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane Street

Victim Advocates assist victims of serious and violent crime in filing claims with the State Victim Compensation Program, offer crisis intervention and emergency assistance and provide help navigating the criminal justice system. Advocates work with victims, witnesses and their families to identify community resources and make referrals to medical and mental health care providers. The Victim Services Division also helps in securing restitution, assisting with witness relocation, and meeting transportation needs for eligible individuals. In 2012, the Victim Services Division served 5,410 victims representing a 12% increase in caseloads from 2011.

These services may be available to victims and witnesses crimes, regardless of whether a case has been charged or a suspect is in custody. Individuals are encouraged to contact the District Attorney’s Office to see if they qualify for assistance. All services are free of cost. For more information call (415) 553-9044 or visit the District Attorney’s Office’s website at www.sfdistrictattorney.org

To reach Domestic Violence Support Services for Women, Glide Women’s Center call 415- 674-6023 and for Men In Progress, please call 415-674-6189.

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About GLIDE
Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 50 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from meals to housing to healthcare in order to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance. For more information, visit www.glide.org