Over 40 years ago, in 1976, a dynamic coalition of Bay Area women gathered to found La Casa de las Madres, California’s first and the nation’s second shelter dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence. They chose our name—The Home of the Mothers—to honor the memory of one of their mothers, a woman brutally murdered by her partner in front of her 14-year-old daughter. The founders also sought to convey the safety, nurturing, and unconditional acceptance within La Casa’s doors. The arms of a mother represent the refuge we all seek in a time of crisis or to heal from trauma.
Our once-quiet shelter has grown into the city’s leading voice for women, teens, and children exposed to domestic violence. La Casa has expanded well beyond the doors of our shelter to fight tirelessly for change. Over the past several years, the number of survivors accessing our services has increased 175%.
Today, through a broad service continuum, La Casa provides expert intervention and prevention services to 15,000 individuals each year. We respond to the unique needs of victims and survivors at each step of their journey towards safety and healing. We also strive to educate, promote awareness, and change the community’s perceptions of domestic violence and its survivors, reaching over 50,000 community members annually through our education and outreach activities.
La Casa offers an essential safety net for local women, teens, and children: a refuge, an advocate, a strong voice against domestic violence.