Hays-Caldwell Women's Center

Organizational Overview

Hays-Caldwell Women's Center
P.O. Box 234
San Marcos, 78667-0234

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC) is to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the communities we serve. The Center will provide education, violence prevention services and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, sexual assault, dating violence and child abuse. We will seek the support and resources necessary to achieve this mission.

Last year we provided face-to-face services to 1,872 victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Our trained HEARTeam emergency response advocates responded to 69 sexual assault and family violence calls at area hospitals in the past year. HCWC answered 2,467 HELPline calls and provided 1,085 group therapy sessions to victims of abuse..

Impact Statement

Established in 1978, HCWC is distinguished by having opened one of the original six family violence shelters funded by the State of Texas in 1980 and by having established one of the original ten sexual assault programs funded in Texas in 1984. HCWC then established a Children's Advocacy Center, Roxanne's House in 1997.

In 2009 we opened a new, state-of-the-art McCoy Family Violence Shelter, and in 2012 we moved our other programs and teams into our remodeled and expanded current facilities to better serve victims. HCWC is unique in Central Texas in co-locating a shelter, counseling and advocacy services for victims of family violence and sexual assault with a Children's Advocacy Center.

In 2016, HCWC provided direct services to 1,872 victims of abuse with the following programs:
• Our Family Violence Program provides direct services for women, men and children who are victims of family violence. Services include shelter, personal and legal advocacy, individual counseling, support groups and a parenting education program. Last year this program provided face-to-face services to 1,050 victims of family violence.
• Our Sexual Assault Program provides direct services for female and male victims of sexual assault and adults sexually abused as children. Services include counseling, support groups and personal and legal advocacy. Last year we provided face-to-face services to 512 victims including 69 hospital responses by our certified HEARTeam advocates who meet sexual assault and family violence victims at area hospitals.
• Our Children's Advocacy Center, Roxanne's House, provides direct services to child victims of sexual assault, physical assault and other forms of child abuse and to protective caregivers. Last year we provided face-to-face services to 702 child victims and their adult caregivers. We recorded 331forensic interviews of alleged victims of child abuse or children at risk of child abuse coordinated by local authorities.
Please note - some people may be victims of more than one type of abuse.

Additional Services and Information.
• All HCWC services are confidential and offered at no cost to victims.
• HCWC manages and staffs our area's 24-hour HELPline and handled 2,467 crisis calls last year.
• HCWC offers presentations throughout Hays and Caldwell counties in an effort to break the cycle of violence, sexual assault and abuse. In total, we gave 752 presentations that reached 11,925 students and adults last year.
• We coordinate and support community task forces and teams formed with the mission of addressing the problems of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We have solid working relationships with all criminal justice entities in the area and other agencies that work closely with victims we serve.

Needs Statement

HCWC provides face-to-face services to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The need for HCWC's services is great. HCWC serves two counties with 1,227 square miles and an estimated population of 207,724 (U.S. Census, 2012). It must be noted that the population of Hays County has grown rapidly with a population increase of 73% since 2000 (US Census, 2012). Reports released by the U.S. Census Bureau listed San Marcos at the top of the list of the nation's fastest growing cities with a population of 50,000 or more for 2011-2012 and for 2012-2013. Since 2007, HCWC has seen demand for our services increase by 68%. HCWC has continued to meet the needs of this growing community by broadening our base of local community support and using innovative approaches to meet client needs.

"All of the services I have received have been truly helpful. The single counseling sessions, the group sessions have helped me voice out my experiences. The legal help in pertaining to my police report has helped lift my anxiety away from pressing into me. The help in filling out my food stamp application and what to do has allowed me to breathe and eat easier now."

"I just really appreciate the kindness of all the counselors and the helpfulness as well. My children have gotten to go to camp, received great safety planning advice, and have received things they need. They and I would not have gotten that if we were not attending HCWC. Thank you!"

"HCWC is an amazing place, for the first time in my life I do not feel alone. Through the services and my counselor - I have learned many things that I did not know. I am better able to live in the world. I have learned so many things that have made a tremendously positive impact on my life. This is an amazing place."

"Individual counseling was a life saving thing for me. I loved my counselor. She helped me go back to school and get my degree. I now have a job doing what I love. I have a community here that really helps me through. I am so grateful for all the time and help that I have been given."

"Everyone is beyond polite. Coming to this class on Fridays has helped me so much. The knowledge that I now know about DV has taught me what it truly is and it's so much more than what I was thinking. I would definitely send people here for the help."
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Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation

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