For over 40 years we have offered free services, peer-counseling and advocacy 24-hours a day. Donations from our community, both monetary and in-kind, have sustained our agency for the duration. BAWAR also offers three Rape Crisis Counselor-certification trainings per year in Oakland and Fremont. Our volunteer advocates are the backbone of our services.
Founded in 1971, BAWAR was the first rape crisis center in the country. It was founded with the two-part goal of establishing a place where survivors of sexual violence could receive the quality counseling and advocacy they need, and to provide community education around these issues.
Although our name is Bay Area Women Against Rape, we serve anyone affected by sexual violence. BAWAR defines sexual violence by the narratives of the survivors who experienced the violence. We are here to believe and validate the community we serve in a trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and accessible way.