Women Against Violence (WAV) 2017-08-23T04:42:07+00:00

Thank you to our sponsors and guests for joining us at the Third Annual Women Against Violence Luncheon!

Domestic violence and human trafficking are not easy topics of conversation, but that is exactly what we need to do to make these problems go away – we need to talk and push through the uncomfortable and work together to stop the cycle of violence. I am proud of the strides we’ve made in three short years to help eradicate violence in all forms in our community. Because of the generosity and dedication of Women Against Violence:

  • Over 50 additional children and their parents received emergency shelter and a safe place to begin their lives again.
  • 93% of our families in emergency shelter went on to acquire safe and secure permanent housing of their own.

With sincere appreciation for each of you,
Sarah Golden
2017 WAV Chair

Who are the Women Against Violence (WAV)?

Women Against Violence, (WAV) is a select group of community leaders and professionals committed to supporting Samaritan House’s mission to stop violence; whether domestic, sexual or trafficking.

Mission:  To engage professional women through philanthropy, networking, service and fellowship for a common goal of ending domestic violence.

Purpose: The purpose of Women against Violence (WAV.) is to assist Samaritan House in educating the community about the resources and services offered through Samaritan House. WAV will function as a fundraising and volunteer service groups.


  • Encourage women to support Samaritan House through philanthropy.
  • Inspire women to serve as leaders in the community acting as a voice for Samaritan House.
  • Start a movement that challenges domestic violence stereotypes and increases public awareness.
  • Mentor young women professionals to engage and give through acts of service.


  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • 41% of HOMICIDES in Virginia are related to intimate partner violence
  • 75% of abused women try to commit suicide
  • Every 30 seconds someone is the victim of human trafficking in the U.S.
  • Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, yet there are more people in slavery today than any other time in our history.
  • Last year the trafficking industry generated $32 billion…More than Nike, Google and Starbuck’s COMBINED.
  • The impact on children is devastating – children witnessing violence are twice as likely to be abusers and or victims of domestic violence