Our 45 Year History

Center for Domestic Peace was founded in 1977 by a group of visionary women operating under the name Marin Abused Women’s Services (MAWS).  Since then, we have helped thousands of women, children, and men to end the violence and to achieve safe, productive lives.

MAWS started as a volunteer effort with women being sent to private homes for safety.  Over the years, we have grown to provide a wide array of services, which include:

  • 24/7 English & Spanish & Youth hotlines  
  • Safety planning
  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing
  • Drop-in support groups
  • Domestic violence response teams
  • Information and referrals
  • Advocacy, court accompaniment, and referrals
  • Group therapy for survivor parents and their children
  • Classes and training for men and women to learn how to stop their violence
  • Community education and prevention programs for youth and adults
  • Technical assistance and training for local, state, and national groups
  • Policy development

To better reflect the wide range of our current and future work, in October 2010 we adopted a new name – Center for Domestic Peace – where MAWS continues to find its home.   

Center for Domestic Peace has accomplished amazing things since 1977 and is known as a leader in the field of domestic violence prevention.

Click here to read our complete history and timeline of 45 Years – Transforming Lives!

A PDF is available of our 45 year history and milestones: 45 Year Milestones C4DP brochure

Note our accomplishments are reflected on this national timeline in 1977, 1980, 1985, 1992, 1997: http://www.vawnet.org/domestic-violence/DVPreventionTimeline/

Also, watch this video to get a sense of what “The Movement” has been like for the first 30 years. Produced by Polaroid Corp: Looking Back and Pushing Forward