The Willow Domestic Violence Center works toward peace in the world by elimination of violence in our communities. Therefore, we are dedicated to the empowerment of survivors of domestic violence; the creation of a peaceful, safe space; the promotion of equality and respect for all people; the appreciation of differences, and the social action necessary to achieve these goals.
In 1976, The Willow Domestic Violence Center (formerly Women's Transitional Care Services, or WTCS) incorporated after having provided safe houses through a grassroots volunteer effort for a few years. The Willow Domestic Violence Center first began taking crisis calls from Headquarters Counseling Center. In 1978, The Willow Domestic Violence Center opened its first shelter facility. The governing body was a women's collective, and the shelter was a small 3-bedroom house. It was the first domestic violence shelter in Kansas.
Today, The Willow Domestic Violence Center fields upwards of 2,500 crisis calls and referral calls per year, houses 250-300 adults and children annually, facilitates adults and child support groups, and offers services and public education in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.