The Women's Resource Center & Shelter was formed in 1978 by a group
of citizens concerned about the devastating problem of domestic violence in
our community. Battering is the single most common form of injury to women.
We have an emergency shelter and an outreach program that serves survivors
in a five county area. Our main offices are located in Ottumwa and the
shelter is located in Wapello County in a confidential location to protect
women and children.
Over 2,000 victims receive services through our organization annually. A
large part of what we do is to educate victims and community members about
safety issues, the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the
consequences to all of society brought on by violence. Individuals seeking
services are provided criminal justice support and advocacy, access to a 24
hour hotline, crisis and follow up advocacy, and community referrals, as
well as support groups and educational materials related to domestic
violence and sexual assault.
The Mission of the Women's Resource Center & Shelter is to
provide emergency shelter and services for survivor of domestic
violence or sexual violence and to promote a violence free society
though community educations and advocacy.