ABOUT US

WOMENSPACE VISION

Womenspace has been providing safety, hope, and healing to survivors of intimate partner violence for over 40 years. Each year we serve thousands of survivors and children from our communities of color, tribal communities, LGBTQIA community, survivors with disabilities, men, and the rural communities in Lane County. Domestic violence is everywhere and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, politics, economic position, education, or gender.

We believe everyone has the right to a life free from violence and fear of abuse.

WOMENSPACE MISSION

To prevent domestic violence in intimate partner relationships in Lane County and support survivors in claiming personal power.

WOMENSPACE CORE VALUES

Awareness, Truthfulness, Non-violence, Prevention, Equity, Inclusive, Collaboration, Feminism, Survivor-Centered Advocacy, Self-Actualization

WOMENSPACE SERVICES

Our services are designed to support survivors in their efforts to find safety and heal from the trauma of intimate partner violence. Our goal is to provide information, education and resources that will empower survivors, professionals and community members to better understand the dynamics of domestic violence and how to prevent future abuse. Please click on the links below to learn more about what is available.

Emergency Services includes 24-hour confidential crisis and support line, emergency shelter at our Safehouse, and our Crisis and Support Services Center.
Advocacy and Support Services includes support groups, legal advocacy, transportation, rural outreach, safety planning and community referrals.
Housing and Transitional Services includes short term and transitional support, case management services to assist with preparing for permanent housing.
Children and Youth Services provides respite care and support to children accompanying survivors while in shelter and/or attending support groups.
Community Outreach includes co-located advocates, public events, trainings and school presentations.

HISTORY

In the early 1970’s, Lane County was part of a growing consciousness happening across the country and the world responding to violence against women. Womenspace started as a grassroots response with a core group of six women who established a crisis line in 1975. These women were Mabel Armstrong, Mary Jeanne Jacobsen, Lee Pettigrew Nancy Barnes and Connie Holvey. Their efforts evolved into establishing a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and the Womenspace shelter opened in 1977. Over the past forty years, Womenspace has continued to grow in response to local needs, adding youth services, transitional housing support, culturally appropriate services, and legal assistance while advocating for effective public policies on local, state and national levels. The domestic violence movement history illustrates significant milestones in the evolution of Womenspace as an organization. Click here for a detailed timeline of significant milestones and events.

WHO WE SERVE

Womenspace provides free, confidential services to any victim of domestic violence recent or past. We also assist family members and friends of those who have been assaulted or abused.

It is our mission to end domestic violence in our community through empowerment, advocacy, education, awareness, and action for social change regardless of age, gender, identity, race, ethnicity, color, religion, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, economic status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.

BOARD, STAFF and VOLUNTEERS

Womenspace celebrates equity, diversity and inclusiveness by actively building a community of board, staff and volunteers who have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. Our organization fosters a culture of open-mindedness, compassion and inclusiveness throughout our programs.

Womenspace is governed by a 10-member board of directors who serve three-year terms. Our Board of Directors consists of community leaders with diverse backgrounds representing the communities we serve:

  • Acting President: Mary Bartlett, Vice President/Commercial Lender Summit Bank

  • Secretary: Tom Kulick, Business Continuity Consultant

  • Treasurer: Chase Pearson, Credit Analyst, Summit Bank

    Members:

  • Kathryn Butler, Human Resources Management Analyst, City of Eugene

  • Erin Fennerty, Attorney, Luvaas Cobb

  • Theya Harvey, Family Connections Director, Lane Community College

  • Aaron Rauschert, Supervisor, Lane County Administration, Parole and Probation

  • Evelyn Salinas Castro, Mental Health Program Manager, Centro Latino Americano

  • Aimee Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Direction Service

Services are provided by 42 employees and over 100 volunteers. Direct service staff and volunteers at Womenspace complete a comprehensive 40-hour certification training on understanding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and effective responses to intimate partner violence. Womenspace values continuous education for staff and volunteers with annual cultural competency trainings and other topics relevant to our work.

Volunteers are a tremendous asset in carrying out the mission of Womenspace. Volunteers assist programs, raise funds, serve on the board of directors and serve clients through the 24-hour crisis and support line and other direct services. Click here to learn more about joining our team.

Our administrative team consists of a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Development and Resource Director, Grants and Housing Administrator, Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator, Executive Assistant, Fiscal Administrator, and IT Administrator. 

LOCATIONS

Womenspace provides access to services throughout Lane County with seven outreach sites. Our shelter is in a confidential location.

  • Eugene-Womenspace Crisis and Support Services Center -541- 485-8232

  • Creswell office - 541-767-3879

  • Cottage Grove office - 541-767-3879

  • Junction City office - 541-868-5466

  • Oakridge office - 541-782-2877

  • Veneta office - 541-868-5466

  • McKenzie River - Marcola area office - 541-525-2304

We also have Advocates located at DHS offices and at the Survivors Justice Center (Oregon Law Center) and the University of Oregon’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.

FINANCIALS          

Womenspace relies on community support to effectively serve survivors of domestic violence in Lane County. We are fiscally responsible with the trust our donors place in us to deliver quality programs.

Join the Womenspace Team

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CONTACT INFORMATION

24-hour crisis and support line: (541) 485-6513 or Toll Free (800) 281-2800

Business Line: 541-485-8232 M-F 9am-5pm
Fax: 541-686-6664

Email staff regarding:

General Inquiries

Volunteer Information

Education and Outreach

Kim Lax, Development Director

Julie Weismann, Chief Executive Officer

Mary Bartlett, Board President