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In 1977, a group of concerned women began outreach and community education activities addressing the alarming incidence of rape and other violent crimes against women in Bethel.They wrote newspaper articles and volunteered to work with the police and the hospital to assist victims of rape and battering. In the fall, a crisis-line was installed in one of the volunteers homes to provide victims with an immediate source of help.
TWC was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1978, and the first Board of Directors was elected. In 1978, TWC also received its first funding from Alaska State Legislature and the Law Enforcement Assistance Agency to open a women’s resource center and a shelter for battered women and rape victims. By the fall of 1978, a Director had been hired and a shelter building located. Volunteers and staff worked throughout the fall to renovate a quonset hut leased from the city and made it into a comfortable shelter for women and their children. In January 1979, the shelter was opened.The crisis line, shelter and resource center have continued to operate with funding from the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In 1981, TWC received a grant to build a shelter facility, which was completed in March 1983.
Tundra Women’s Coalition currently includes a 17 bed shelter, administrative offices, a Legal Advocacy program, a Community Education Program with a village outreach component, a program for Teens Acting Against Violence and a Children's program.
Tundra Women’s Coalition provides safe, empowering services for families experiencing domestic or sexual violence. We seek to promote violence-free communities through culturally appropriate outreach programs and supportive services.