“What helped me the most was a neighbor who confronted me when she hardly knew me and offered to help whenever I was ready to take the first step.” —Teresa, survivor of domestic violence

History of the Family Place

Gerry Beer establishes the Battered Women’s Task Force

to address the need for social services for abused women and children in Dallas. The YWCA also recognizes the need and begins a hotline and referral service, and the two groups collaborate to form the Dallas Violence Intervention Alliance (DVIA).

Dallas Violence Intervention Alliance opens The Family Place

The first shelter for battered women and children in Texas: 50 families, including 91 children, found shelter, safety and healing that year.

The Family Place becomes a national model

when the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect funds a four-year Children’s Therapeutic Program.

Our first outreach office opens

to provide counseling to women living outside the shelter.

We launched specialized counseling for batterers

through our Battering Intervention and Prevention Program.

The Family Place Resale Shop

The shop opens to provide additional resources for clients and additional revenue for program services.

Supportive Living Program

HUD awards funding to expand transitional housing and our Supportive Living Program is formed.

Partners Card

The Family Place Partners launch Partners Card, our signature fundraiser, with 175 participating stores.

The Be Project

The Be Project is created to educate students on bullying, teen dating violence and sexual assault.

Sally’s House

Sally’s House opens with 100 beds, 22 transitional apartments and comprehensive support services.

Faith and Liberty’s Place

Our supervised visitation center opens.

Sally’s House expands

Large family apartments and a K-2 Education Center are added to Sally's House.

Medical Clinic

A medical clinic opens at Sally’s house to meet the needs of our clients.

Men’s Shelter

We open the first men’s shelter in Texas and a new counseling office in Collin County.

Ann Moody Place

Ann Moody Place opens with one-of-a-kind features like an animal kennel for victims’ pets, a medical and dental clinic, specially designed play therapy rooms and more. The Family Place now provides a total of 177 shelter beds between all three shelters.