Helping victims of intimate partner abuse and sexual violence since 1912.

More Than a Shelter

Originally part of the YWCA, The Center for Women and Families has been serving our community since 1912. Today The Center is a private nonprofit organization with 5 regional locations serving 9 Kentuckiana counties: Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties in Kentucky, and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.

The Center for Women and Families offers services to all survivors of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence. Our clients include men and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in addition to women and dependent children. We provide a variety of residential and nonresidential services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and advocacy. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual assault or partner abuse at any point, please remember that help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through our toll-free crisis line: 1-844-BE-SAFE-1.

The Center for Women and Families imposes no income eligibility standards on individuals receiving assistance, and eligible participants receive services free of charge

The Center’s Timeline in Brief

  • 1912 / Opens small one room office at downtown Louisville YWCA
  • 1975 / Begins rape crisis and creative employment programming
  • 1977 / Opens the first domestic violence shelter in Kentucky
  • 1983 / Establishes services in New Albany, Indiana
  • 1988 / Moves to a new more secured downtown Louisville campus on West Breckinridge Street
  • 1989 / Incorporates as a private nonprofit organization; opens office in Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • 1998 / Begins providing transitional housing at West Louisville Campus
  • 1999 / Dedicates new Southern Indiana shelter
  • 2000 / Launches endowment and capital campaign to fund expansion
  • 2005 / Dedicates the Joan E. Thomas, M.D. Campus on Second Street in downtown Louisville
  • 2007 / Opens region’s only community-based Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Clinic in partnership with University of Louisville Hospital
  • 2009 / Opens office in Bullitt County, Kentucky
  • 2015 /¬†Rededication of a renovated Joan E. Thomas, M.D. Campus on Second Street in downtown Louisville