About Us

Our agency was established as a non-profit agency, 501 (c) (3), in Janugate5ary, 1986 through the consolidation of the community’s two existing domestic violence programs.

We work toward empowering the increasing number of victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence.

For over 30-years, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. has empowered victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing shelter and on-going support services, as well as public awareness and prevention programs.

We are powered by dedicated volunteers committed to making a difference in the lives of families in their community.

We receive and are dependent upon support from local sources: civic groups, religious groups, businesses, private citizens, and governments. Income is also generated locally by the agency’s operation of the Vintage Values Resale Shops.

Our agency is a non-discriminatory, equal opportunity agency, partially supported by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the North Carolina Council for Women, and the Governor’s Crime Commission. Governing documents, policies, and statements are available for public review upon request.


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Download your own awareness signs and share on social media with the hashtag #illuminatehope. Also email your pictures to develop@domesticviolence-wilm.org.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Social Media Campaign Signs

Please make plans to join Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. for the following events in 2016 Events

27th Annual Take Back the Night

Historic New Hanover County Courthouse

316 Princess Street, Downtown Wilmington

Thursday, October 13 • 7:00 p.m.


Silent Witness Exhibit

Innis Park 102 North Third Street (adjacent to Courthouse)

Monday, October 17 • 12:30 p.m.


Panelist: YWCA’s Potluck for Peace

YWCA Bridge Center—41 Government Center Drive

Thursday, October 20 • 5:30pm


Appreciation Weeks

October 3-7

Media Appreciation Week

October 10-14

Court  & Judicial Appreciation Week

October 17-21

Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

October 24-28

Community Partners Appreciation Week


Current Links:

2015 Agency Statistics

Shelter Wish List

Gates Poster Order Form

Latest News:

2016 Fall Newsletter

2014-2015 Donor List

Rick Houston takes part in the NFL’s Initiative to End Domestic Violence

Wilmington’s Gates Poster

Proceeds Benefit Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.

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Poster Size – 19″x 25″
Proceeds Benefit Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.
Order Form

Thank You to the Family Violence Prevention Services Program, US DHHS, and NC Council for Women for financial support.
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Employment Application Download Here
Volunteer Application Download Here