About Our Agency

Women’s Shelter Program Mission Statement

“The Women’s Shelter Program is committed to recognizing and responding to our community’s need for comprehensive multicultural domestic violence and child abuse services. We understand that domestic violence and child abuse, in their fullest scope, impact primary victims, family members, society, and future generations. With this in mind, it is our goal to stop the cycle of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention and education.”

Women’s Shelter Program Vision

“A society where intimate partners and family members treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion; where oppression is replaced with equality; where the expression of conflict and anger is non-violent; where children grow up with their esteem intact and are nurtured in such a manner they recognize the value of speaking the truth, welcoming diversity and practicing cooperation. Our vision is a society free from intimate and political wars.”

Women’s Shelter Program History

The domestic violence intervention movement began in America in the early 1970s. What has become the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo (WSP) started in 1977 with two women in Los Osos who opened their home to women fleeing domestic violence. From there, other volunteers joined them in their effort to provide safety to victims. In 1979, this volunteer effort became formally incorporated as the Women’s Crisis House. As services expanded for domestic violence victims, the Women’s Crisis House changed its name to Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County in order to reflect the expansion of these services. The Women’s Shelter Program now has a wide range of programs available to victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse including emergency housing, transitional housing, advocacy, legal services, counseling, community education, Latina services, and children’s services.