Domestic violence has long impacted our area and the entire country. Most recently, during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of calls for help to our agency has more than doubled.

We remain committed to supporting survivors and ask you to join us. Support the 2020 Fathers for Hope campaign today! This campaign supports initiatives designed to unite men in our community in support of the prevention of domestic violence.

By giving $100 or more, you will become a Father for Hope – Man for Change for the 2020 campaign or for a gift of $1,000 or more to become a member of the Leadership Circle. 

Click here to donate now or mail a check to PO Box 1555, Wilmington, NC 28402. (Please put Fathers for Hope in the memo line.)

Following the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, we are temporarily closing our Open Gate location and three Vintage Values Resale Shops in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community. 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.

*Tips for talking to children about COVID-19

SHELTER REESTABLISHMENT FUND: We created a Shelter Reestablishment Fund for those wishing to support our efforts as we continue repairs after Hurricane Florence. Visit our page here to donate and for updates as they become available. We remain grateful for the continued support for victims of domestic violence in our community.

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

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About Us

Our agency was established as a non-profit agency, 501 (c) (3), in January 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 34-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 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.

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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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