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WCSC’s History

In 1981, a symposium for women writers, including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and Dr. Gloria Joseph, was held at the College of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix. This event had an inspirational effect on the women who attended. They participated in a discussion on the need for proactive solutions to the growing problem of violence against women in the Territory. A group of the attendees began meeting regularly as a result of that discussion, across kitchen tables at first. They agreed to begin with the basics: helping victims and survivors in crisis. One of the first steps was to conduct a workshop for volunteer advocates. This would give them the tools to offer support without judgment to rape victims at police stations and hospitals.

The Founders of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix:

Carol Battuello Frieda Brown Jane Christiansen
Barbara Ann Farmer Valerie S. Henderson Judith A. Hoberman
Martha Hubbard Gloria Joseph Carolyn Keys
Roberta Knowles Audre Lorde Mary Mingus
Georgette Norman Julia Pankey Abby Rosenstein
Judi Shafer  Angeli Thurland Ferdschneider  

 

WCSC’s Mission in the Community

These women’s efforts became the basis for a grassroots movement, which evolved into this organization dedicated to ending violence in the community, and assisting victims and survivors to heal and become empowered. We are now a multicultural, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers, members, staff and board of directors. Our mission, updated in 2016 to better serve the needs of the community is to support and empower people impacted by violence. All WCSC’s services are free, confidential and available in English and Spanish. We offer assistance to women, children and men, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking:

  • 24-hour crisis intervention, one-on-one counseling and other supportive services
  • Emergency shelter for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, and their children at Sojourner House
  • Therapeutic counseling, transitional housing and other supportive services to assist survivors with healing
  • Weekly support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, with trained facilitators
  • Gently-used clothing and household goods provided free of charge to those in need through our Crisis Center at Closet To Closet, our thrift store
  • Education programs, including community service opportunities for high school students, through the Community Foundation of St. Croix’s Junior Angels program


The Women's Coalition of St. Croix
P.O. Box 222734
Christiansted, VI 00822-2734

Telephone: (340) 773-9272
Facsimile: (340) 773-9062

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