To lead our community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse.
WCC 2017 Brochure (click on brochure to enlarge)
- To provide immediate access to effective crisis intervention, support and personal attention to victims and survivors.
- To sustain a safe and nurturing environment for adults and children traumatized by domestic violence, rape or sexual abuse.
- To empower victims of rape, domestic violence or sexual abuse to gain self-esteem and self-sufficiency and to move beyond victimhood to become strong survivors.
- To advocate for the safety, civil rights and health for our clients in political, judicial, law enforcement and other public welfare arenas.
- To advance a society, through prevention education and public awareness programs, in which rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence are no longer tolerated.
Women’s Crisis Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service agency committed to leading our community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse. Trauma-informed services are provided confidentially, and at no cost to our clients. Women’s Crisis Center’s approach emphasizes empowerment and dignity, centering the individual voice and choice of each victim-survivor. WCC aims to bring highly-individualized services and supports to each victim-survivor to increase safety, confidence, and healing—and to equip each victim-survivor with resources to remediate the impact of trauma.
In Northern Kentucky, Women’s Crisis Center’s roots run deep. Established in 1976 as the Rape Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) was formed to provide a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis intervention, advocacy, community education, counseling and support services for rape survivors. In 1979, our name changed to reflect additional services being provided to battered women and their children. In WCC’s early days, women and children were sheltered in private homes within the community.
Women’s Crisis Center’s Riverhaven, the first residential shelter for battered women in Northern Kentucky, opened in 1981. In 2000, our Northern Kentucky shelter moved into a new facility that currently accommodates up to 30 women and children. In 1987, a walk-in office opened in Maysville, Kentucky, along with a shelter in the same location with the capacity to house 6 women and children. A new state-of-the art shelter opened in 2005 in Maysville. This warm and welcoming residential shelter can accommodate up to 26 women and children.
From a grassroots organization into an agency with 55 professionally skilled employees and over 100 well-trained volunteers, Women’s Crisis Center has grown and flourished. Our service area has expanded to include 13 counties in Northern Kentucky and Buffalo Trace Area Development Districts (Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson Counties). In addition to operating the only 2 state-certified residential domestic violence shelters within the aforementioned 13 counties, WCC also operates 6 walk-in offices located in Carrollton, Covington, Hebron, Maysville, Vanceburg, and Williamstown.
Women’s Crisis Center continues to be a leader in innovative programs that are modeled and recognized on both statewide and national levels. Our renowned Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program builds relationships with local schools, youth, and community groups while sharing the importance of bystander intervention in preventing incidences of power-based personal violence.
Board of Directors
- Casey Flick, Chair
- Jeanne-Marie Tapke, Past Chair & Program Chair
- Christine Warren, Secretary
- Scott Getz, Treasurer
- Mary Talbott, Governance Chair
- Christine Bochenek, Development Chair
- Lori Eifert
- W. Thomas Fisher
- Lillian Jones
- Jennifer Raines Dusing
- Lori Richey-Baldwin
- Christopher Schutte
- Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire
- Rachel Votruba
- Tammy Weidinger
- Sarah Wice-Courtney