In the Beginning

The work to stop domestic violence in Shelby County started through the National Organization for Women’s Violence Against Women Task Force in the mid and late 1970’s. Angie Dagastino was the coordinator for the Task Force on Wife Abuse here in Shelby County. Next came the establishment of the Wife Abuse Crisis Center in 1977 and the opening of the YWCA shelter in 1982. The Rape Crisis Center was also formed out of that task force. The Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council, formally known as the Shelby County Domestic Violence Council, was formed during the mid 1980’s.

General Body Meetings and Membership

When do we meet? Our meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday in January, March, May, July, September and November at 9:00am at the Crime Victim & Rape Crisis Center 1060 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38104

Is there a cost to attend the meetings? No. They are free to attend and open to the public.

Is membership an option? Absolutely! We strongly encourage individuals and organizations to become a member of the council. As a member, you will have voting rights on corporation issues, elections and will be eligible to serve on the MSDSVC board.

A Word From Our President

No single agency can fight Domestic & Sexual Violence alone. This is a problem that takes collaboration, communication, prevention, and making the best use of the resources that we all have to help bring awareness and supportive services to victims and survivors. In other words, "It Takes A Village". So I invite you to be a part of our village and help us bring an end to Domestic & Sexual Violence...TOGETHER.

Phillis Lewis,

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Amanda Russell

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Jasmine Smith


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