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People hear Women’s Shelter of South Texas and may think just women and just shelter. But our agency does so much more.
Our organization was founded by volunteers in 1977 who saw a huge need for battered women and children. Just a year later, with generous grants from the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, and other area foundations, the Women’s Shelter had a place to reside. After renovations, it was open that following January as the third battered women’s shelter to open in the state of Texas.The support of our incredible community over the past 38 years has allowed us to provide free services to victims and their families. In 2015, our agency served 2,830 women, men, and children across a twelve-county area of South Texas who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
No victim is turned away, and unfortunately, almost half of the clients we serve each year are children. Services include not only shelter, but individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, case management, safety planning, age-appropriate services for children, and information and referral to community resources.
It is the mission of the Women’s Shelter of South Texas to prevent and ultimately end domestic violence and sexual assault in South Texas. Our agency addresses this through intervention, but has pivoted to prevention of violence. Empowering the victims through support and education is an integral part of what we do. We’ll also ensure clients have safe transportation to shelter, medical care, housing, job-assistance, legal, law-enforcement and social-services appointments.
We understand that ending violence in our community starts with our youth of today. Working with them in age-appropriate ways through topics like respect, bullying, dating violence, and consent will create the social change we need to put an end to violence.
Our prevention efforts also include a program for adult offenders of family violence, the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program. We strive to address all aspects of domestic violence and sexual assault. The goal is to end violence in our communities. We do not want to be needed.
- Refer: Encourage someone in need to reach out for help. Our services are available 24 hours per day and are free. Call 361-881-8888 or 1-800-580-4878.
- Raise Awareness: Call 361-881-8888 or email P&E@thewomensshelter.org to schedule a presentation for your company or organization.
- Donate: Help us meet the unique needs of those healing from trauma and abuse. Your contribution assists in providing free services for clients and their families.
Interested in making a donation or volunteering with our agency? Call 361-884-2900 or visit www.thewomensshelter.org for more information.