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About The River Valley Shelter

Our Story 

Founded in 1984 by a group of community members, The River Valley Shelter has expanded many of its services and programs. Our programs include a 24-hour crisis hotline, an emergency shelter, legal services, support groups, counseling, and housing assistance programs. All services are confidential and free of charge for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Each year, The River Valley Shelter supports many individuals from Arkansas and beyond during their journey to a violence-free life. 

Our Mission

The River Valley Shelter is dedicated to the empowerment of survivors of domestic violence and their children. The River Valley Shelter believes that intimate partner violence (mental, physical, sexual, and verbal) is the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain power and control over them in personal relationships. The River Valley Shelter recognizes that the acceptance of the abuse of power in society fosters intimate partner violence by perpetuating conditions that condone violence. Therefore, it is necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence. Shelter services are available to any survivor in need of assistance, without regard to sex, race, age, religion, economic status, or ability. 

Our Impact

At The River Valley Shelter, we are committed to supporting survivors of intimate partner violence throughout the state of Arkansas. In 2022, we:

  • We provided Emergency Housing for over 350 individuals, totaling 4745 bed nights in our emergency shelter. 

  • Helped 134 Individuals with our Transitional Housing Program. 

  • We provided over 14,000 meals to families in our shelter. 

  • We have partnered with the Russellville Police Department to provide in-house advocacy at the station. Our licensed social worker has an office in the station and is client-centered. This support provided by our advocate has increased the application and follow-through for protection orders by 40%. 

  • Over 70% of our survivors served self-identified as having a disability. 

Want to Help?

Our work is making a difference in the lives of families in Arkansas every day, but we need your help. 

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