FRIENDS is hiring! FRIENDS was founded in 1978 to lead the fight against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Washington County. Join our team of passionate, hard-working individuals in the fight for advocacy, empowerment, and prevention. Click here or head to our CAREERS page to learn more about our employment opportunities.

FRIENDS, Inc. Mission:

To empower those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault by offering safety, support, and community awareness.

FRIENDS Vision Statement:

We envision a socially just community where all voices are heard, where all gender identities are made to feel safe, and where all acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, and oppression are neither accepted nor tolerated.

FRIENDS, Inc. (FRIENDS), formerly Friends of Abused Families Inc. and originally

named Friends for Battered Women, is the sole provider of shelter and support

services for individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in

Washington County.

When individuals come together in support of a shared goal, the community becomes empowered and the success of collective action is elevated. We want your voice to be heard and your ideas to make a difference, so join our cause and help make a positive impact.


Get in touch to find out more about how you can get involved.

Your contribution will make an impact, and every bit helps. Donate here, share with your friends, or create your own fundraiser for FRIENDS, Inc! Your support provides single individuals & families with safety, security, and support - especially now when it can be harder than ever to leave. Financial dependence is one main tactic an abuser uses to keep victims in the home.

Our mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault by offering safety, support, and community awareness.

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In an effort to achieve our mission, FRIENDS provides the following services free of charge. Programs and assistance is available to all individuals regardless of gender, race, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, income, religion, or age:

  • Emergency Shelter

  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline

  • Individual Advocacy

  • Legal Assistance

  • Support Groups

  • Transitional Living

  • Art Therapy

  • Community Education

Use the SERVICES link above to learn more detailed information about each program. 

Law Enforcement Agencies Who Support Our Mission Within the County