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Our Story

One of the first domestic violence centers in the country, The Women's Center, Inc. was created in 1972 by a group of visionaries who recognized the need for a safe, secure environment for Southern Illinois women and their children.

The Women's Center, Inc. has operated continuously since it opened more than 40 years ago.  Our staff of professionals and trained volunteers are dedicated to helping people regain control of their lives, their choices and their futures.  We are recognized as experts on domestic violence and sexual assault and work tirelessly to educate Southern Illinoisans about these issues.

The Women's Center, Inc. is a nonprofit agency operating under a Board of Directors.  We receive partial funding through various local, state and federal sources.  Services for our two major programs, domestic violence and sexual assault, are provided through the combined efforts of our professional staff, degree seeking interns and trained volunteers.