The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center provides many services, including:
- Emergency shelter (McCoy Family Shelter) for victims of domestic violence,
- Counseling and Resource Center, a non-residential program that helps victims of family violence, dating violence and sexual assault with counseling, legal advocacy and other types of support,
- Children’s Advocacy Center (Roxanne’s House) to aid child victims of sexual abuse,
- 24-hour confidential crisis and information line (512-396-HELP) for victims of abuse, and
- Community education for youth and adults.
Last year (fiscal year 2016) HCWC provided face-to-face services to 1,872* victims of abuse, provided 6,257 nights of shelter, answered 2,467 crisis hotline calls, gave 331 forensic interviews to child victims of sexual abuse, and responded to 96 HEARTeam calls to assist sexual assault and family violence victims at local hospitals. Community presentations increased significantly, and we grew our full-time staff numbers by 16%.
(*unduplicated numbers: some clients are victims of more than one type of abuse)
All of this would not be possible without the generous support from the community.
We provide face-to-face services throughout Hays and Caldwell Counties, including most of the local cities such as San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Luling, Lockhart, Wimberley and Dripping Springs.
HCWC’s Roxanne’s House facilitates the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases in Hays and Caldwell counties. We lead a multi-disciplinary team which includes representatives from prosecution, law enforcement, Child Protective Services and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Last year Roxanne’s House staff recorded 361 children’s forensic interviews after receiving referrals from law enforcement or Child Protective Services in documented cases of abuse.
HCWC’s HELPline staff answered 2,490 crisis calls in 2015, and our on-call HEARTeam accompanied 74 victims of sexual assault to area hospitals.
HCWC educates the public on issues of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. In 2016 HCWC staff educated more than 8,674 people through 366 presentations on topics related to family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Together, these programs and services effectively address issues of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, creating an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the communities we serve. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to support services for victims of abuse year-round.
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