Your Local Community Resource

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a local non-profit who offers free and confidential services to adults, youth, and children who are victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and child abuse who live, work, or attend school in Hays and Caldwell Counties.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

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HCWC, originally known as the Hays County Women’s Center, was formed in 1978 by a group of women interested in providing a place for the personal and professional growth of women and to provide services to women and their families. After receiving phone calls from victims of domestic and sexual violence, the founders re-grouped and focused their attention on providing services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Our new 10,000 square feet domestic violence shelter, named the McCoy Family Shelter, opened on October 30, 2009.  The $2.1 million facility features a state-of-the-art 24-hour monitored security system and special security fencing with automatic gates, along with private suites that no longer include shared baths.

Mission & Philosophy


The purpose of 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, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse.


Physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse of one human being by another is unacceptable. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center believes that all abuse diminishes or prohibits the full expression of life and growth which is the right of every adult, youth, and child.

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Agency Values


If you could boil HCWC into one word, it would be hope. Hope for a world without violence and abuse. Hope for survivors in our community. Hope for healing.


We understand that healthy individuals are the product of a healthy community. We believe as we address the issues of abuse through treatment and prevention, we can begin to see a change in the communities we serve.


We believe that you cannot show compassion for others without showing compassion for yourself, too. We truly believe practicing self-compassion can help to change the patterns of abuse in the world.


Dedicated to Transparency

HCWC strongly believes in transparency as a value at the center of all philanthropy. We are diligent in making sure that every dollar is accounted for properly and spent wisely to further our mission. IRS Form 990 2021

Our Annual Reports give an overview of funding, services provided and highlights from the prior year. Hear from clients, see outcomes and learn about the history and future growth of our agency. 2023 Impact Report

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Questions about HCWC’s financial information may be directed to Melissa Rodriguez, Executive Director.

We’d Love to Hear from You!

In case of emergency, call 911. If you’re being abused or have questions about your relationship and you need help, call our hotline (512)-396-HELP. It’s free and confidential.