Our Story

Our Story

Our mission: Inspiring, teaching and empowering women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty.

Every year, women, men and children of all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds come to The Women’s Center seeking hope, emotional healing, solutions to family crises, and help finding a job. The serious problems they bring are devastating – rape and child sexual abuse, unemployment, wages too low to keep a family together, deep depression and desperate situations created by violence, crisis and poverty.

In 1979, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County opened its Fort Worth office, offering information and referral, employment assistance, and life skills workshops. In 1980, a small volunteer rape crisis program joined the agency. Starting with 10 volunteers providing crisis intervention at one hospital, The Women’s Center built community support, including funding and partnerships with medical, legal, and criminal justice professionals. Four years later, The Women’s Center launched the Play it Safe!® child sexual abuse prevention program, and in 1987, The Women’s Center opened a satellite office in Arlington to better serve Tarrant County.

Today, The Women’s Center provides expanded programming in its three original service areas: Rape Crisis and Victim Services, Employment Solutions and General Counseling Services. Long known for partnerships and continuous program innovation, The Women’s Center has become part of the infrastructure relied upon by cities, the county, the local Workforce Board, the criminal justice system, and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $4 million, expert staff and over 500 volunteers, The Women’s Center helps women, men and children triumph over tragedy and develop strategies to confront crisis, improve their lives, and build a better future for themselves and their families.