Mission and Values


Our Mission

The Houston Area Women's Center helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential and available to everyone.


Our Beliefs

The Houston Area Women’s Center embraces the feminist belief that all individuals should have equal access to political, legal, economic, and social rights. We strive to create a community, especially for women, that embraces diversity, recognizes oppression, promotes empowerment and supports the right of all individuals to self-determination. We eagerly work for the day when violence against women is part of history rather than a part of our daily lives.


Our Commitment to Diversity

The Houston Area Women’s Center welcomes, respects, and values diversity. We believe that as an organization that supports inclusion, we utilize the unique talents of all people to the greatest extent. This leads to increased job satisfaction and the highest quality of service. By integrating and appreciating diversity, we support our mission to create a safer community and better world.


Our Organizational Values


Our passion to end domestic and sexual violence inspires our commitment to serve our clients and engage the community in fulfilling our mission.



We believe that the freedom to make choices affects every aspect of life; therefore, through education and example, we support our clients as they make choices to build strong, independent lives.



We cultivate an environment that affirms and supports the value of all people, cultures and abilities.



We demonstrate our respect for our clients, co-workers and community partners by accepting their individual beliefs, personal choices and feelings.



We work together by maintaining open lines of communication and by holding each other accountable for achieving results.



We set and maintain high standards in order to provide clients with valuable, compassionate services; earn the community’s trust and confidence; and serve as leaders in our movement.