Who We Are
The Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) is the designated direct service provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) in Douglas County, dedicated to helping clients stay safe and grow strong by addressing both their immediate safety needs and their long-term self-sufficiency.
WCA Mission, Vision & Values
What We Do
The WCA approaches service provision for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in a holistic way, seeking to address the full scope of barriers and needs that victims face. The agency’s wrap-around model was designed with the unique client in mind, knowing that there is no one profile for a victim of DVSA. WCA staff work with clients to address the physical safety concerns, emotional trauma, and financial insecurity that often prevent victims from achieving safety and stability. This is accomplished by meeting clients where they are, assessing needs and barriers, providing options and resources, and offering ongoing emotional support.
The WCA’s programs aim to strategically address the many issues facing victims of DVSA, while working to reduce the number of future victims.
Broad program areas include:
- Safety Services (24/7 hotline, advocacy, counseling, legal services, immigration)
- Self-Sufficiency (case management, financial literacy, careers services, clothing closet)
- Prevention and Education (for schools, businesses, and community organizations)
Why We Do It
Domestic violence and sexual assault do not discriminate based on age, income, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion. According to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking at some point in their life. In Omaha, these crimes happen every day, as demonstrated by the 2,750 police reports the WCA received in 2015, and the more than 500 hospital and emergency room calls to which WCA advocates responded.
The prevalence of abuse in Douglas County, the multi-generational cycle of poverty and violence (seen through more than 75% of clients living at or below the Federal Poverty Level), and the complex issues affecting victim safety, position this issue as a public health crisis that must continue to be recognized and addressed.
In 2015, the WCA provided services to over 16,500 clients and prevention and education programming for nearly 5,600 community members. The WCA is constantly working to improve and refine the work that we do in an ongoing effort to better meet the growing needs of our clients and the community we serve.
How You Can Make an Impact
The WCA offers all of its services to victims completely free of charge. No one facing the trauma of domestic violence and sexual assault should have to worry about how to pay for help. Because of this, the WCA relies on the generosity of the community to make our work possible – whether through a monetary contribution, in-kind donation, or the volunteering of one’s time. Together, we can help thousands of people in our community stay safe and grow strong.
Please help women and their families in our community Stay Safe and Grow Strong.
Thanks to our local funders: