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Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence records

Identifier: W098

Scope and Content of the Collection

The records, 1995-2010, of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence are comprised of newsletters, annual reports, news clippings, event invitations, programs and photographs, and an apron. Photographs have been identified. The records are arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1995-2010


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Historical Note

In June of 1985, Commissioner Sherry Schulman established the DeKalb County Task Force on Domestic Violence. Its goals were to: investigate the scope of the problems associated with domestic violence in DeKalb County; identify available resources, and determine the need for additional resources to serve victims of domestic violence; and prepare a report for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners that would include recommendations for action.

After several months of study, the Task Force determined a need for additional resources, system changes, and a greater emphasis on community education. In the fall of 1986, the Women's Resource Center was created, spurred by $10,000 in funding from the county. It was started in a single room at the Equal Opportunity Services building with one part-time advocate who led support groups. Members of the Task Force volunteered child care services until someone could be hired.

In early 1987, the Center opened its first safehouse. Today, the WRC's Safehouse Program provides temporary housing for women and children at a secure and confidential location. The program is designed to help those who reside at the safehouse to reclaim their personal strengths, work toward their goals for the future, and transition into a safe and stable living situation.

Other services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, consultations with volunteer lawyers, and advocacy services for families, children and youth. It also provides educational programs in schools and the community. WRC helps families who require supervised visitation by providing a safe environment at Nia's Place. WRC's Making Change program assists women who have experienced financial abuse or poverty to become engaged with their finances, and to build mental, physical, spiritual and financial stability.


0.83 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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Formed in 1985, the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence works through multiple avenues to combat domestic violence in DeKalb County. The records (1995-2010) are comprised of newsletters, annual reports, news clippings, event invitations, programs and photographs, and an apron.



Acquisition Information

Donated by Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, courtesy of Shakila Williams, April 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Morna Gerrard at the item level, 2012.

Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Morna Gerrard
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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