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About WAVI

History of WAVI

In June of 1978, three visionary Rapid City women met to discuss the need for assistance to victims of domestic violence. This group identified as its primary purpose the desire to assist women and children in crisis situations by providing temporary emergency shelter, food, and/or supportive services, and to educate the community on the issues of battering. The organization received non-profit incorporation status from the State of South Dakota in November of 1978 under the name of Women and Violence, Inc. (WAVI).

Throughout its history, the agency has remained committed to responding to the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization has undergone several name changes and extensive growth in size and program offering. Program services have grown to include a specialized Sexual Assault Program and a Children's Program. The agency has been operating as Working against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) since 1996, and moved into its current facility in 2004, where we continue to offer the most complete, secure and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the region.

Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) is dedicated to making a positive community impact by serving all genders and ages who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and stalking. 

What do the colors purple and teal stand for?

You may notice the colors purple and teal are used throughout our website, as well as on other WAVI materials. In addition to being beautiful colors, they also hold a significant meaning.

Teal represents sexual assault and sexual violence awareness and support. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Purple represents domestic violence awareness. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

24 LGBTQ Flags and What They Mean | Pride Month Flags & Symbolism WAVI is an equal opportunity provider, and all services are provided at no cost. 

WAVI Events

View upcoming events where you can join in on spreading awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

WAVI Board of Directors

Meet the team that oversees WAVI's operations.

Career Opportunities

Interested in working at WAVI? View our current openings!

Annual Report and Audit

Learn more about how WAVI impacts the community, including WAVI's revenue and operating expenses, from our annual reports and audits.

Support Us

WAVI depends on the generosity of those within our community in order to continue providing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Whether you can donate or volunteer at our shelter, your contribution will go far in securing a safe haven for women, children and men in need.

We are an equal opportunity provider and our services are offered at no cost to clients.

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Myth: Domestic violence is a private matter.

Fact: Domestic violence affects the whole community. It results in high costs to society and leads to future abuse through learned patterns of behavior.