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Montgomery County Women’s Center

Mission: To provide safe shelter, crisis intervention, conseling and support services to victims/survivors of family violence, sexual assault and abuse in Montgomery and surrounding counties, and to provide education to the community about such issues.

History of the Agency

The Montgomery County WOmen’s Center became an autonomous, locally-governed agency on January 1, 1987 after the merger of the Family Violence Outreach (FV) Advisory Committee, a satellite of the Houston Area Women’s Center and the Montgomer Country Rape Crisis Coalition.

FVO had provided non-residential counseling services, a family violence hotline, education and emergency shelter in hotels since 1982. A formal Shelter for Abuses Women and Children was opened in the summer of 1985.

The Rape Crisis Coalition had provided voluntary education and advocacy since 1980. In the fall of 1986, a formal program was organized and a staff member hired to provide a 24-hour crisist hotline, accompaniment for the victim through the medical and criminal justice processes, and education and advocacy on issues around sexual assault.

The Montgomery COunty Women’s Center receives funding from teh United Way of Montgomery County, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, government grants or contracts, local contributions and fundraising efforts.

Services are provided in mulitple locations to victims of family violence and sexualt assault or abuse in Montgomery, Nort Harris and Northwest Liberty counties.

The WOmen’s Center provides face-to-face counseling, safe shelter and legal advocacy to over 1,500 adults and children each year.


Facts About Domestic Violence

TDHS estimates 11,000 women and children live in abusive homes in Montgomery COunty

A woman is battered every 15 seconds in this county

Battering is the single major cause of injury to women in the United States

Over 70% of batterers grew up in violent homes

1 in 8 high school students will be involved in a violent relationship before graduation from high school

In 60% of violent homes where the female partner is beaten, so are the children

More children than adults are served in battered women’s shelters

97% of the cases of domestic violence are women who are abused by men

Violent families are found in every income category, ethnic background, racial group, educational level and profression

Battering is the single major cause of injury to women in the Unites States

80% of Texas spousal abuse cases are unreported because of fear of reprisal

1 out of 2 women will be abused at some time in her life by her husband or intimate partner

Battered women have twice as many miscarriages as non-battered women

Facts About Sexual Assault

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a woman is raped every 2 minutes

The age of sexual assault survivors ranges from 2 months to 99 years

The average age of rape victims is 16 to 24 years

13% of adult American women have been victims of at least one forcible rape

3 out of 4 rape victims know their attackers

Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to police. Rape remains the most under-reported violent crime.

Nearly 31% of all rape victims develop Rape Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (RR-PSTD).

RR-PTSD dramatically increases women’s risk for major alcholo and drug abuse problems

Shelter for Battered Women

The shleter, which opened in 1985, is operated at an undisclosed location for security reasons. It can house up to 31 victims of family violence and their children at a give time, for up to 66 days, and averages about 600 individuals each year. While in shelter, women and their children receive or have access to:

Food, clothing, and basic living essentials

Advocacy with the medical, criminal justice system and social service systems

Individual and group counseling

A children’s counselor to work specifically with the children’s needs

Prescription medications

Legal Services, including an attorney to represent them in protective orders or other family law issues

Information and referral to other community resources

Non-prescribtion medications, school supplies and personal care items

Family Violence Outreach

The family Violence Outreach program currently operates out of serveral locations in Montgomery and Liberty counties, including the Woodlands and Conroe.

The program provides:

Legal services program which provides legal representation in areas of divorce, child custody, protective orders and other family law issues

Individual and group counseling for victoms of family violence

A telephone hotline for shelter intake, peer support and crisis intervention, as well as information and referral

Accompaniment and advocacy with the medical, criminal justice and social service systems

Individual and counseling for adolescent and child victims of abuse

Rape Crisis Program

Like Family Violence Outreach, this program operates out of serveral locations in Montgomery and Liberty counties, including The Woodlands and Conroe.

The program provides:

A 24-hour telephone hotline providing crisis intervention, peer counseling and information and referral

Advocacy and accompaniment through the medical and criminal justice systems

Individual and group counseling for male or female, adult or child, victims of sexual assault or abuse

Hispanic Outreach Specialist to serve theneeds of survivors within the Hispanic community.

MCWM HOTLINE (24-hours a day)

936-441-RAPE (7273)

TDD Access - 1-800-735-2989

Outreach Counseling

The Montgomery County Women’s Center Outreach Counseling Program is available in serveral locations in Montgomery and LIberty counties, including The Woodlands and Conroe.

The program provides:

Professional counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention to survivors of family violence and sexual assault, including childhood incest. Counseling is provided to adults and children in the individual and family setting.

Accompaniment through and advocacy with the medical, criminal justice and social service system

A variety of support and therapy groups and counselors to assist in deciding which group is appropriate for the client

Referral to other agency programs, including legal, shelter and other services

Child care during some counseling sessions and groups (ask for specific times and places

Evening appointments

Community Education

The Montgomery County Women’s Center offers educational programs free of charge to local churches, business, organizations, schools and other interested groups. PResentations include an agency overview, volunteer opportunities and the special needs of the Women’s Center.

Education programs include;

The dynamics of domestic violence

The effects of domestic violence int he workplace

The dynamics of sexual assault

Reducing the risks of becoming a victim of sexual assault (rape avoidance)

Child Abuse

Our school program, entitled "It’s all about RESPECT," stresses risk reduction and safety in the areas of acquaintance rape, dating violence and sexual harassment. Programs are designed for students in grades 6 -12 and use a combination of speaker, topical video and grup interaction. The goal of each program is to help protect students from dangerous situations by giving them the tools necessary to make informed decisions in regard to personal safety.

The three presentations that make up the program include:

It’s all about Respect: Strategies for Avoiding Acquaintance Rape

It’s all about Respect: Healthy Dating Relationships

It’s all about Respect: Self-Esteem and Sexual Harrassment

Additional presentations are given on date rape drugs and other domestic violence issues.

Other Services

The Montgomery County Women’s Center also provides:

An educational scholarship prgram for Women’s Center clients

Call to Protect which provides cellular phones to victims of family violence courtesy of Houston Cellular

Rags to Riches Resale Shop which provides for the needs of clients while earning income for the agency from the sale of excess merchandise. Tax deductible contributions from the community provide a wide range of merchandise, new and used, including high quality women’s, mens, and children’s clothing, jewelry, toys, furniture and appliances. Local business contributions provide additional items for home and office use.

Volunteer Opportunities. The Women’s Center regularly seeks volunteers to meet the varying needs of our programs and to serve victims of family violence and sexual assualt in our community. Opportunities include everything from helping in the administrative offices with mailings to staffing the rape crisis hotline. Volunteer training is also avaiable on-line.

Important Numbers

For additional information about any of the Mongtomery County WOmen’s Center programs or the administrative offices:

281-292-4155 ext 231
or (toll free) 1-888-844-6289 ext 231

For Counseling

or (toll free) 1-888-844-6289 ext270

For Shelter (24 hours)

Metro 936-441-7273

MCWM Hotline (24 hours)
Metro 936-441-RAPE (7273)
TDD 1-800-735-2989

Montgomer County Women’s Center
PO BOX 8669
The Woodlands, TX 77387-8669

A United Way Agnecy

MCWC email address: crisis@main.com


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