The purpose of the Women’s Resource/Community Support Center is to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through direct services to victims and their children.
WRC provides many needed services including, but not limited to:
1. Crisis Intervention
We offer the only 24- hour crisis line in Beaverhead and Madison counties.
Our hotline Advocates are trained to provide immediate assistance and
outreach, someone to talk to, or support to guide your next step.
Crisis intervention can be the difference between another episode and safety.
Emergency Safe Housing:
We offer the only shelter of this type in all of Beaverhead and Madison Counties in SW Montana.
The experience of domestic or sexual violence can be overwhelming. WRC Advocates are trained to offer medical and law enforcement accompaniment as well as in-person crisis counseling. You do not have to go it alone!
2. Supportive Services and Advocacy
Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking need to know their rights and not only what services are offered within our community, but also what will be expected. The steps through the system (law enforcement, judicial, legal, social services, health care, housing, etc.) can be overwhelming. Advocates assess each victim’s needs and offer appropriate referrals to community resources. We assist victims when accessing other state
and federal victim programs including victim notification, victim’s compensation, confidential address program, legal assistance, and services for battered immigrant women.
An essential component of society’s judicial system is victim protection. We provide legal and court advocacy to victims, including restraining order assistance. Advocates accompany victims as they go through the judicial system during interviews, preliminaries, trials, and other court hearings, including during and after the decision of the judge or jury.
Advocates do not represent the victim legally, but act as a support person.
A domestic violence/sexual assault shelter is the safest choice for emotional support and to access assistance within the legal and social service system. WRC provides a safe, homelike atmosphere free of charge. Shelter is more than a warm place to stay and eat meals. Shelter is a combination of a safe home and supportive services provided in the context of a respectful and flexible relationship. The ultimate result--women feeling that they have the ability to get back on their feet while breaking the cycle of violence for themselves and their children.
Professional Counseling Services:
The counseling journey is exhilarating but may be marked with challenges. Change is often difficult for all of us but can be accomplished if and when we are ready to create change. With unconditional positive regard and respect for individual circumstances, clients are supported as they examine the way they think, feel, and behave. Personal perspectives are explored and valued as you are the expert in your own life. The journey of counseling is your own and may be used by you to enhance your quality of life. Professional counseling services are free of charge and offered to individuals, couples, and families.
Melainya Ryan, LCPC
Counselor & Program Coordinator
Sexual Assault Support Group:
Survivors of sexual assault and their allies are invited to join this group to find comfort, support, and dignity in their experiences. This group is in collaboration with the University of Montana Western Counseling Services. This group meets every Tuesday at 3:30 pm in the STC Room 005 on the University of Montana Western Campus.
Valerie Coulter, SWLC, MSW
Victim Services Coordinator
WRC has trained staff who can assist individuals filling out paperwork for the following:
Black words are linked to the forms.
CHILD SUPPORT PAPERWORK
TPO’S, OOP’S, AND NO CONTACT ORDERS
(Temporary Restraining orders, Orders of Protection, etc.)
Supplemental nutritional assistance program,
commonly known as food stamps
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
3. Prevention and Education
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer):
Suicide Prevention Training
A relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.
ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Education:
Understanding and Preventing early childhood trauma & building Resilience
Middle-school girl's group
Beaverhead Boy's Club:
Middle-school boy's group
Call us for more information about our services: