WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to create a society in which domestic violence no longer exists.
We strive to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the diverse community of battered women and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention.
Each day we help survivors of domestic violence in Atlanta improve their safety by finding a safe place to stay, exercising their legal rights, exploring options and creating accountability for batterers. We greet survivors with compassion – no judgment, no second-guessing, and no shame. We provide connection - through relationships built with our staff, support groups and bonds forged with fellow safe house residents. By linking women and other survivors with community supports and offering our services, we make sure no one has to take this walk alone. Equally importantly, we provide a voice for survivors when they cannot speak for themselves and a platform for those who can speak to be heard. Our advocacy for survivors of domestic violence works to change the culture that allows abuse to thrive. That advocacy, coupled with our powerful work with children, facilitates prevention and ending domestic violence altogether.
Women's Resource Center is an LGBTQ+ affirming agency. Services are provided to all people inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Learn more about our programs by visiting our Programs page.
In June of 1985, Gwendolyn Grimmette was working with the DeKalb County District Attorney to protect herself from an abusive ex-husband. Upon his release from jail, her former husband immediately tracked her down. One morning as she was leaving for work, he shot and killed her in the presence of their eleven-year-old son. That same month, Commissioner Sherry Schulman established the DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force to investigate the issue in our county. After several months of study, the Task Force determined a need for additional domestic violence resources, system changes, and a greater emphasis on community education. To meet that need, the county granted $10,000 to create a victim service agency and the Women’s Resource Center was born.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marian Camp, Cigna
Debra Cline, Georgia-Pacific
Alice Gamble, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Natalie Gregory, Natalie Gregory & Co.
Cathy Hasbrouck, Southwire Company
Ashley Heintz, Jones Day
Eric Koontz, Troutman Sanders
Sheriff Melody Maddox, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Tameka Phillips, ExamWorks
Virginia Rece, Platinum Band
Julie Reeves, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Patricia Robinson, Trex
Carlton Rose, UPS
Chitra Sampath, PwC
Linda Spencer, The Coca-Cola Company
Todd Warren, Southern Company
Tesiree Adams, Transition Advocate
Cassandra Andrews, Community Advocate
Asher Burk, Legal Advocate
YuHua Chen, Legal Advocate
Jean Douglas, Executive Director
Markesha Dunham, Office Administrator
Kim Frndak, Director of Community Outreach
Barbara Gibson, Safe House Director
Amber Harris, Director of Development
Ayonna Johnson, Director of Legal Services
Brittany Knipp, Crisis Line Coordinator
Tiarra Nelson, Children's Advocate
Shannon Regan, Legal Advocate
Marilyn Stinson, Visitation Center Coordinator
Cassandra Velasco-Adams, Director of Children's Programming