About Us

About Us

Compass Center for Women and Families helps individuals and families prevent and end domestic violence and become self-sufficient, and navigate their journey to self-sufficiency, safety, and health. We provide domestic violence crisis services, career and financial education, assistance with legal resources, and adolescent empowerment programs. We empower individuals and promote equal access to opportunity regardless of gender or economic status. We are proud to serve over 5,000 clients each year with essential programs and services like career and financial education, legal resources, and support groups, all open to the public. Additionally, Compass Center is the only Orange County resource for comprehensive domestic violence crisis services. Compass Center is also closely connected to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, offering sexual health programming and empowerment programs related to safe relationships in middle school health classes.

Founded in 1979, The Women's Center was created to offer help to women in transition. The Women’s Center’s mission was to partner with women and girls to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence to become self-sufficient through financial literacy education, career exploration and preparedness, legal information, adolescent empowerment programs, and connections to community resources.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (FVPC) opened in 2000 in response to Orange County’s need for a county-specific agency to work with victims of domestic violence, their friends and families. FVPC’s mission was to prevent and end domestic violence through direct services and community education.

Compass Center for Women and Families brings together two strong agencies with successful track records serving women and families in the community. The organization serves around 6,000 individuals from Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake counties each year.

Our self-sufficiency programs offer help with career and financial education as well as access to legal resources. Our empowerment programs offer health-related education for middle school students, including bullying and dating violence prevention. We also offer comprehensive services to adults and children who are experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their personal relationships.

Domestic violence crisis services are free and available in English and Spanish. Many of our financial, career, legal, and adolescent programs are free, and those with fees are available on a sliding scale basis. No one is turned away due to the inability to pay. We work with people on an individual basis to determine their options. All services are confidential, and are provided to all regardless of race, class, religion, ethnic group, sexual orientation or gender identity.


Compass Center for Women and Families’ services and programs are funded in part by the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Orange County. Funding also comes from the state of North Carolina. Compass Center depends on individual contributions, program fees, and special events such as our annual art exhibition and sale, "Through Women's Eyes, by Women's Hands".

All of Compass Center's services are offered at our office at 210 Henderson Street.

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