Free, confidential support groups for women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Our Mission

The Safe Space Project provides support groups and services for vulnerable women and families living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We currently run support groups in Fremont and Oakland. If you're interested in attending a support group, or for more information, please email

Our groups are confidential so that all participants feel welcomed and safe to share their experiences. We have clients who have been attending groups for years, and we welcome new participants each week. We provide dinner and other support services, with groups generally lasting for two hours.

Group discussions can be about (but are not limited to) domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, careers, family dynamics, parenting, and successes. Each week the topics can be steered by what participants are open to discussing in that particular session.

Our facilitators do not provide answers or judge. Women are given the time and space to connect with one another, listen, learn, and find safety. Participants can come every week or when it is convenient with no obligation.

Rani Sanghera, Director and CEO

Rani is an experienced advocate and case manager for victims and survivors of domestic violence. She has spent many years working at agencies serving women and their families in the UK, India, and the Bay Area. She has facilitated countless support groups and provided advocacy-based counseling to women in crisis. She is a strong proponent of women's rights and giving women the agency to take control of their own lives.

Suniya Malhotra, Director

Suniya is a practicing architect, a solo mother, and a survivor. Throughout the last thirty years she has been active in promoting social justice issues in small ways, and is now looking for more impactful ways moving forward. In particular she is passionate about helping other women and families receive the help and support she was so fortunate to have, while also exploring ways the family court system could be more responsive to the needs of vulnerable women and their families.

Kavya Parthiban, Director

Kavya has worked in the youth development field and with survivors of domestic violence for years during and after college. She has served as a case manager for young teens running from abuse at home as well as commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Her passion lies in working with young women and families to provide support in finding safer and more sustainable living situations. She finds it extremely important to meet clients where they are at and work with them to help gain the positive change they want to see in their lives.

Madhu Gadam, Director

Madhu has been an advocate and champion for marginalized communities in the Bay Area for the past decade. She is currently a case manager and DV advocate for homeless women at the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center. With many years of experience in the non-profit sector, Madhu combines her skills in community outreach, case management, and advocacy to help support the mission of The Safe Space Project.