DVAM 2017

“Thanks to HAWC, I now know there is no such thing as minor abuse. It is all major and should be taken seriously – from the verbal to the slap and beyond – because it doesn’t get better. It only gets worse. HAWC saved my life.”


Client at Houston Area Women's Center shelter
*Hannah's  name and the identifying details of her story have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.



Hurricane Harvey has intensified the need for our services.


As our region recovers from the worst storm in our history, the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) prepares for its aftershock – an anticipated surge in domestic violence. Domestic violence hotline calls spiked by as much as 50% after Hurricane Andrew and by 45% after Hurricane Katrina (University of Miami, Disaster and Community Crisis Center). Throughout Harvey, HAWC ensured those impacted by domestic violence had somewhere to turn – our Hotline continued taking calls, and our Shelter remained open. As demand increases, our dedicated team will continue to provide life-saving services to our clients who are even more vulnerable in the wake of a natural disaster. , we need your help to meet this critical need. 

Will you help us end the violence? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence and supporting survivors as they build violence-free lives. Importantly, HAWC is dedicated to doing this vital work 365 days a year. We work with people who have lived through unimaginable personal violence and help them as they reinvent their lives —to find new homes, new jobs, new coping skills, new support systems – whatever it takes to move their lives forward. This takes immeasurable courage. I continue to be amazed and inspired at the resilience and strength of those who come through our doors. People like Hannah* who sought help after years of escalating abuse. Her husband was educated, well-employed and very charming – nobody but Hannah knew about his dark side. It took him threatening her with a pistol before she finally left, barely escaping with her life. Hannah’s road to a violence-free life started with her call to our hotline and continued from there. 

Our work also requires your support. As we brace for the increased demand for our services after Harvey, we need your help more than ever. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please let survivors like Hannah know they are not alone. TOGETHER we can end domestic violence – TOGETHER we are #HoustonStrong.