The City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women presented the “Outstanding Woman Leader” award Wednesday, September 14th, to Mimi Lind, founder of the Safe Families Domestic Violence Intervention Program at the Venice Family Clinic.
She is also past director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network.
“We are privileged to honor Mimi Lind with the commission’s first Outstanding Woman Leader award,” said Tia Skulski, commission chair. “Mimi has devoted her professional and personal life to empowering women who are victims of domestic violence and has made great impact on the way medical and community organizations in Santa Monica and the Westside serve victims of domestic violence.”
Lind is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in victims of trauma and domestic violence.
In the early 1990s, she founded one of the first hospital-based domestic violence programs in the U.S. at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
After moving to California in 1994, Lind established the Intervention Program at the Venice Family Clinic.
She trains medical professionals in Santa Monica and Los Angeles to find domestic violence victims among their patients.
In an effort to bring together the medical and domestic violence communities, Lind also served as the director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network.
“Even though women have made large strides in regard to human rights, entities like the Commission on the Status of Women are extremely important in ensuring women’s safety in the community and unfortunately in the home,” Lind said.
Lind and Skulski are part of a volunteers group that is planning to establish a regional Women’s Center.
The Outstanding Woman Leader award is a quarterly award given by the commission to women who have demonstrated personal or professional dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in Santa Monica.
The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women works to enhance the status of women by investigating issues and developing and advocating for policies relevant to women and girls.