The Houston Area Women's Center

Waugh Office Closed for Inclement Weather

Our Waugh office will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 due to inclement weather warnings. As always, our hotlines will remain open for survivors and their families.

Waugh Office Closed for MLK Day, Hotlines Remain Open

Our Waugh building is closed today, Monday, January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will reopen tomorrow. As always, our hotlines remain open to survivors and their families.

Rebecca White, HAWC President and CEO departs after 10 years

In 2018, the Houston Area Women’s Center launches its fifth decade of working to end domestic and sexual violence and supporting those affected in building safe and healthy lives.  2018 will also mark a new beginning for HAWC’s President and CEO, Rebecca White.  The Board of Directors and staff of the Houston Area Women’s Center would like to share news that Rebecca will be leaving the organization next month.  After ten years with the agency and thirty years working in the nonprofit sector in Houston, Rebecca will be leaving to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.
Rebecca started with HAWC in March 2008. During her tenure, the agency has achieved tremendous growth and expansion.  In 2008, the agency was operating with $4.5 million in revenues.  Today, the agency’s revenues have grown to more than $8 million annually, with greater diversity and balance among sources of funding. In conjunction with the growth in private and public sector funding has come broader reach in the community and greater impact in the lives of those served through the agency’s programs.
Over the past ten years, the agency has continued to expand the scope and quality of core services while adding new programs and extending its services into under-served communities.  Initiation of primary prevention in middle and high schools; the addition of psychotherapy services; providing legal counsel and representation through regular onsite pro bono legal clinics; onsite medical evaluation, enrollment and referral; formalized partnerships with regional researchers; collaboratively operated programs with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office; the provision of counseling and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors in local jails, and the opening of a new satellite office in Sunnyside are among the many areas of expansion and growth across the agency.
Rebecca stated that the decision to accept the new opportunity was difficult and bittersweet, but she expresses gratitude for the opportunity to serve:
“Being a part of this amazing organization has been a gift and a journey.  I have learned so much from the talented, committed, indomitable staff and volunteers with whom I have worked and have been inspired by our clients who trust us with their lives and demonstrate such courage in building lives free from unspeakable violence.  Over the past ten years, I have seen the very worst of what humans can do to each other and I have also seen the very best that we can offer each other.  It is the latter that I will carry in my heart as I move forward.  I am eternally grateful to so many staff, volunteers and board members for providing what has turned out to be a life-changing experience.  I truly love this organization and the phenomenal individuals who together make it what it is and has been. I know that because of them, HAWC will thrive in the years ahead.”

The Board of Directors has begun the process of identifying candidates for an Interim President and CEO who will serve until a permanent replacement is named.  They are also working to engage an executive search firm to manage the process of identifying and hiring a full-time President and CEO who shares the vision and values HAWC has lived over the past forty years.  We know there is still much work to be done to end domestic and sexual violence, and we are grateful that we can continue to count on your support as we make this transition.  Please join us in thanking Rebecca for her decade of dedication and service to HAWC and in wishing her continued success in the next chapter of her life.

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The Time is Now: Support Survivors in 2017

Thank you to Time Magazine for naming the brave survivors who broke their silence, the Person of the Year for 2017.

For 40 years, we have been supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and we are proud to see this landslide moment. Every survivor deserves to choose if, how, and when they come forward, and to be believed. 
Please help us support survivors as 2017 draws to a close.

Help End Violence Against Women and Girls this #GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a worldwide day encouraging everyone to get into the philanthropic spirit and make a difference in their community. This year, #GivingTuesday falls right in the middle of UNiTE's Orange the World Campaign, dedicated to ending violence against girls and women worldwide. 

We ask you to help us Orange the World tomorrow by donating to our Giving Tuesday campaign. Every gift makes a difference in the fight against domestic and sexual violence. Help us create a future where young girls can safely grow into vibrant, thriving women. Click here to give.

Thank you to our 2017 Leadership Campaign Supporters

Last night we unveiled our 2017 Leadership Campaign Signature Ad which runs in this morning's Houston Chronicle. We are so grateful to our incredible friends and supporters in the community who take a stand with us against domestic and sexual violence. Together we can create a future without violence.

Houston Area Women's Center Receives Support from Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund!

We are proud to announce the Houston Area Women's Center received funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund! Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett established the fund, which is distributed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
We are moved by the incredible show of generosity from our fellow Houstonians and compassionate contributors all over who have given to the fund. The portion we receive will be used to continue to support survivors as they rebuild their lives in the wake of violence and Hurricane Harvey. #HurricaneHarveyReliefFund

HAWC statement on Sutherland Springs tragedy

The connection between domestic violence and mass shootings has reared its ugly head into our headlines. The latest tragedy in Sutherland Springs is a repeated reminder of how violence is not limited to behind closed doors; entire communities are devastated. Enough is enough. We need more than thoughts and prayers. We need to get guns out of the hands of abusers.

HAWC on KHOU in Wake of Sutherland Springs Shooting

Thank you to KHOU 11 for interviewing our Manager of Counseling and Advocacy Aly Jacobs on November 8, 2017 in the wake of the Sutherland Springs Shooting. Domestic violence is not limited to behind closed doors, it impacts all of us. We are here for survivors and their loved ones.


Thank you to Andy Cerota and KPRC for having our Manager of Hotline Services, Celinda Guerra (center) and President and CEO Rebecca White (right) on to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and how our services can help.

Thank you to Arch-Con Corporation!

From left to right HAWC board member Lesa French, Arch-Con founder Michael Scheurich, HAWC Development Director Tracy Burnett, and HAWC's Manager of Hotline Services Celinda Guerra.

Thank you to Arch-Con Corporation for supporting the Houston Area Women's Center with their annual golf tournament yesterday! Proceeds from the tournament will go to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

We are always grateful for the support of our friends in the community!

Thank you Lady Texans for Supporting Survivors!

Thank you to the Lady Texans for hosting an afternoon at the Texans teen room with our Violence Prevention Educators Maria Espana and Sissel Carlson. The Lady Texans spend the afternoon in an interactive workshop with the teens talking about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. In addition to donating gift cards and inspirational journals for the teens, the Lady Texans generously gave $2,500 to the Houston Area Women's Center. We appreciate the Lady Texans continued dedication to helping create futures without violence!

HAWC on Fox 26's Isiah Factor for DVAM

We welcomed the opportunity to share our mission and message last night with Isiah Carey FOX 26 as part of #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth. Thank you Isiah, and thank you Orhonde Chapman for showing us that survivors like yourself can build healthy and safe lives through strength and support!

Crimestoppers Houston Stands Against Domestic Violence

(Left to Right: Board Members Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Verizon Managing Partner Greg Mauney with HAWC President and CEO Rebecca White)

Monday October 2, 2017 Crimestoppers Houston kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by bringing partners in the community together to take a stand against violence at their press conference. We deeply appreciate our friends in the community for speaking out in support of survivors and their families.

How to Support Survivors After Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Harvey, we have received numerous calls and messages from people near and far, asking us, how to help support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We are deeply moved by this outpouring of concern. We know there is a long road ahead as our city rebuilds, and that includes many of our clients.

To support counseling and housing clients affected by the floods, we ask you to support in these ways:

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A message from our CEO Regarding Harvey

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Thank you to all our Back to School Partners!

Thank you to all our friends in the community who donated school supplies, backpacks, new underwear and Payless gift cards to help our youngest clients start the school year off right! Providing new supplies and essentials to the children we serve is one way we can help them start the school year with confidence. We're grateful for the support from our incredible partners!

Join our 2017 Leadership Campaign!

We're excited to announce Tana Pool and Mike Mahlstedt as our 2017 Leadership Campaign Co-Chairs! Please join us this year in taking a stand against violence in our community.

Don't Miss Night Court 2017!

Night Court is the original, all-lawyer, musical comedy production that raises money each year for law-related charities--including... Read More

Congratulations to TAASA's 2017 Excellence in Advocacy Award Winner, Sonia Corrales!

Congratulations to our Chief Program Officer Sonia Corrales for winning the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)'s 2017 Excellence in Advocacy award!


Congratulations To Spring 2017 HAWC Shero, Concepcion Miranda!



During the Houston Area Women's Center All Staff Retreat this past Friday, our very first HAWC Hero/Shero Award was presented to our Violence Prevention Educator for the Hispanic and Latino Community, Concepcion... Read More

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