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Restoring the health and safety of victims of family and domestic violence.
The Willow Domestic Violence Center provides safe-shelter, peer counseling, advocacy and other services to survivors of domestic violence in Douglas, Franklin, and southern Jefferson counties.
Founded in 1976, The Willow Domestic Violence Center was the first battered woman's shelter in Kansas. The Willow Domestic Violence Center provides over 274 women and children with shelter and services every year. The Willow Domestic Violence Center works towards peace in the world by elimination of violence in our communities. Therefore, The Willow Domestic Violence Center is dedicated to the empowerment of women and children, the creation of peaceful safe space; the promotion of equality and respect for all people; the appreciation of difference; and the social action necessary to achieve these goals.
The Willow Domestic Violence Center's philosophy and service approach celebrate the potential for a safe, nurturing and joyous world as realized in the courage of each survivor as she works towards health and healing in her own life.
The Willow Domestic Violence Center does not discriminate with regard to race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin, marital status, ability, or socioeconomic status. The Willow Domestic Violence Center believes in the empowerment of survivors of domestic abuse. To the extent possible, all The Willow Domestic Violence Center services are based on the empowerment philosophy. Some of the components of empowerment include: believing that the woman is the expert in her own experience; offering peer counseling, support, resources and referrals; and providing information on domestic violence.