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For over 35-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 work toward empowering the increasing number of victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence.

We rely on the kind and generous support of individual donors, local businesses, community organizations, churches, philanthropic trusts, as well as local, state and federal funding. Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. owns and operates three resale stores in the Wilmington, NC area. Profit generated by Vintage Values Resale Shops is used to support the organization.

Our agency is a non-discriminatory, 501(c)(3), equal opportunity, nonprofit organization 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.

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 Having sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Florence, our shelter is still non-operational at this time. Shelter services are still available at off-site locations. Although our agency continues to feel the residual impacts of the storm over a year later, we remain committed to continuing to provide vital life changing services for victims of domestic violence in our community. 

During times like these, support is needed more than ever and we know that together we will be able to restore a shelter as a place of peace, comfort and renewal. While we undergo the recovery process, our services will remain without interruption through the continuation of our many partnerships and needed financial support.

Our community of supporters has lifted us up for the past 34 years and placed trust in us to provide critical services. Please know that we appreciate your continued support and your belief in the work we do and those we serve.

If you are interested in donating to support our recovery efforts and services for victims of domestic violence, please click here to donate or mail contributions to PO Box 1555, Wilmington, NC 28403.

 2019 Service Statistics:

Provided direct services to 1,309 women,45 men, and 163 children for a total of 1,517 individuals

Provided shelter for 136 women, 5 men and 85 children for 2,763 “shelter days”

Provided 532 education/outreach/prevention events with a total of 12,717 in attendance


Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. and New Hanover County Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC), in collaboration with the Pulliam Family are pleased to announce the 2020 IMPACT Award- Inspiring and Mentoring Peers for Advancing Community Transformation. The IMPACT Award was established in 2018 in memory of Tarica Ann Pulliam to honor and celebrate her legacy of love and service.

Visit our Facebook page to view all the nominees.

We recognize that the strength of our community comes from the diverse, passionate, and committed individuals who work every day to eliminate and respond to violence and empower families to be safe, healthy and happy. This award serves as a commitment to honor those lives who have been lost to domestic violence by celebrating individuals who shine a light on the issue and inspire hope and change in our community. The ideal candidate is someone who has dedicated their time and talent towards violence prevention and creating an environment where all members of our community feel valued and safe.

*Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, in collaboration with the Pulliam Family determine the final nomination list based on community submissions.

Solidarity Statement:

Within our agency’s mission statement, we pledge to work toward the elimination of domestic violence and related oppressions. Our agency works day in and day out to help create safer homes and communities for all. Our vision is of a just society and we believe that everyone has a right to be safe, empowered, and free from violence and the fear of violence.

At this time, we grieve with the nation over the death of George Floyd and many others due to racial injustice.  Our condolences go out to the families, friends, and communities who are mourning.

We must work together in condemning these acts of violence and dismantling the systems of oppression that enable them. We know that all oppressions are interconnected, and that people cannot feel safe in their homes or in their communities when they are facing discrimination, trauma, and daily fear.

We must center our work on the voices, experiences, and lives of people experiencing the injustices. Only when people are heard and understood will they begin to heal. Only when communities listen and understand will transformational change occur.

No one organization offers all the solutions and we must lift each other up in forging new collaborations and creating new opportunities for collective growth. We are grateful for those who are speaking up against racial injustice, for our community leaders who are setting an example of understanding and compassion,  for our community allies and partners, and most of all for the survivors of abuse and injustice who open their hearts to us and educate and inspire us more than they will ever know.

Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. stands in solidarity with all those working to end racial injustice and intersecting oppressions. We further affirm our continued commitment to creating and embracing meaningful change guided by our vision of a just society.

Following the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, we are temporarily closing our Open Gate location. Our Castle Street and Monkey Junction Vintage Values Resale Shops will be open, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Our College Road Vintage Values Resale Shop will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Direct services, including emergency shelter, will continue with our staff following public healthcare safety guidelines.  We are monitoring the latest advisories and consulting with  resource professionals as we continue to update our response and time- frames. Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
If you need immediate assistance, please call 910-343-0703 or 911.

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Thank You to the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement-Family Violence Prevention Services Act Program for financial support.

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