June 21, 2014: Nicole Baran’s Stanford Daily Op-Ed

Center Executive Director & Founder Nicole Baran examines the university’s failures in its responses to sexual assault on campus and calls for holding perpetrators accountable. Read her op-ed, “Stanford Drops the Ball on Sexual Assault Case,” here.


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Verizon Foundation Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness received a 40K grant from the Verizon Foundation! The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $67.5 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit

Empowering Agency Award

The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness has won the “Empowering Agency” award from the Annual Advocates for Women Awards, sponsored by IMPACT Bay Area! The Empowering Agency Award honors a Bay Area organization that works to “make the world a safer place for women and girls.”

July 24, 2012: Nicole Baran on KZSU’s “Culture Lens”

Nicole Baran, Center Executive Director and Founder, discussed relationship abuse, including current trends and its connection to feminism, on Stanford Radio KZSU’s “Culture Lens” show. To listen to the entire interview, click here.

Seneca International Interview with Nicole Baran

Executive Director, Nicole Baran, highlighted by Seneca International.
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Maestro Market Interview with Nicole Baran

Executive Director, Nicole Baran, featured on Maestro Market.
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League of Women Voters

Executive Director, Nicole Baran, was honored as Rising Star at the League of Women Voter’s Centennial Celebration on February 10th, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.
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InMenlo, January 12, 2012: Nicole Baran: Raising awareness about domestic violence through education

Involved with the issue of domestic violence for a decade, Nicole Baran cites statistics that get your attention: Results of a recent survey supported by the U.S. Department of Justice found that one in four women had been beaten by an intimate partner, one in five had been raped or experienced an attempted rape, and one in six had been stalked.

The issue first came to her attention when she was teaching creative writing to teenage girls and was surprised at the high number who had experienced date rape or physical abuse. She began to educate herself, and was surprised, again, by the degree of victim blaming, along with lack of perpetrator accountability from professionals.

(Read full article: click here)

The Stanford Daily, May 11, 2010: Putting relationship abuse front and Center

We’ve all seen it. You’re at a party, people are drinking and you see a couple slip off together, probably about to hook up. You don’t really think anything of it — that’s just the hookup culture, right? What you might not immediately register is that this situation has the potential to turn into a case of sexual violence.

According to Nicole Baran, founder and director of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness — commonly known as “the Center” — approximately 28 percent of college students will suffer from violence related to dating and relationships, and Stanford is not immune to such incidents. In an effort to increase awareness and get that number down, Stanford has scheduled numerous informational events to get women and men to join the fight to end violence and abuse.

(Read the full article: click here).

The Stanford Daily, February 8, 2007: Org. fights violence against women

Class, interns aim to promote awareness

Stanford’s Community Partnership to End Violence Against Women — which received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice last fall — has been working closely with the non-profit Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness to offer a three-unit pilot course entitled “Violence Against Women,” as well as supervising and training seven interns.

Director and Founder Nicole Baran ‘00 and Donnovan Yisrael ‘89, the health empowerment educator at Vaden Health Center, teach the pilot course, which will also be offered during the spring quarter. The class is open to both interns and interested students.

“We are very excited about the energy and enthusiasm of the student interns and their commitment to ending violence against women on campus,” Baran said.

(Read the full article: download pdf file).

Cingular Spotlight April 2, 2007:

This Week’s Cingular Spotlight Winner: Nicole Baran
This Week’s Cingular Spotlight Charity: The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness

Here is what they wrote: “Energy 92.7 and Cingular salute those of you who raise the bar in the Bay Area by helping to make it a better place to live. This week in the Cingular Spotlight, we pay tribute to Nicole Baran…a Bay Area hero in our midst…. Nicole is committed to stopping violence against women. She founded The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, a non-profit focused on providing education and training so that communities and institutions respond effectively to women experiencing relationship abuse.

“It’s people like Nicole Baran whose tireless efforts make San Francisco, as well as the Bay Area, a better place to live, work and play in. Cingular is donating $500 to The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness because she is this week’s Cingular Spotlight community hero. Cingular supports community based programs and organizations that address educational, cultural, and social issues affecting the quality of life in our communities. Energy 92.7 and Cingular are helping to raise the bar in our community.”

Nicole accepted the award on the radio at 9:30 AM on Wed. April 4, 2007.