The Shenandoah Women’s Center, Inc. (SWC), is a non-profit, community-
based agency that was founded in 1977 by a group of community volunteers
who wanted to help women who were being abused by their partners. They
formed the area’s first crisis hotline for battered women.
Since then, SWC has grown into a comprehensive resource and counseling
center offering multiple Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
At SWC, we are committed to providing services that address the needs of
domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors and their non-offending
family members. In addition, we strive to educate the community so as to
change the fundamental believes and practices that allow abuse to continue.
SWC is funded in part by the West Virginia Department of Health and
Human Services, the West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services, the
U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act and Victims of
Crime Act, the United Way, the Baltimore Conference of United Methodist
Women, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services,
United Way of Berkeley County, United Way of Jefferson County, United Way
of Morgan County, Phillip Morris Foundation, U.S.Cellular, and private
contributions and donations.
The Shenandoah Women’s Center is dedicated to the self-empowerment of
battered or abused persons and their children, and, therefore, is committed to
the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women, men
The Shenandoah Women’s Center believes that violence against women and
children results from the use of threat of force or actual force to achieve and
maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and also results from
domination and societal abuses of power. The Shenandoah Women’s Center
recognizes that the abuses of power in society fostering battering and
perpetuate conditions which condone violence against women and children.
Therefore, it is the mission of the Shenandoah Women’s Center to work for the
major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal
violence against all people.
The Shenandoah Women’s Center, as a community resource center, offers
counseling, education, shelter, support, and advocacy for any person who
experienced or is threatened by domestic or sexual violence. The Shenandoah
Women’s Center identifies, investigates, and seeks to eliminate domestic
violence and sexual assault.