Center Against Family Violence (El Paso, TX)


  • Name:Ms. Stephanie Karr
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center Against Family Violence
  • Address:580 Giles
    El Paso, TX 79915
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:915 593-1000
  • Main fax:915 593-0012

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  • Mission:
  • The Center Against Family Violence's (CAFV) mission is to prevent and confront domestic violence and sexual assault in all its forms as an advocate for safety and justice through intervention, education and community collaboration.

  • Overview:
  • Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    The Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is an emergency housing refuge that has the capacity to serve 103 people, most of whom are children. In El Paso, like in every part of the country, adult victims are often accompanied by children who also suffer the devastating effects of violence. CAFV is committed to addressing the needs of not only adults but most especially the children, because if their needs and interests are addressed, it is an important step in ending the cycle of violence. While victims stay in the shelter as long as need to assure safety, the average stay is 39 days. The Shelter provides an array of necessary services that include individual counseling, group therapy, children's support services, Little School for toddlers and after school activities and tutoring for school age children. In addition, during the school breaks and summer months, the Shelter provides a full range of daily activities to support the children.

    Crisis Hopeline

    CAFV has remained unique in that it provides the only 24-hour Crisis Hopeline in a 3 county area that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault issues. Staff and volunteers are trained in the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and offer safety planning, crisis intervention and counseling. Callers receive some form of assistance, ranging from referrals to local agencies, counseling, and assistance on safety planning in case of emergency.

    Transitional Living Center (TLC)

    Adjacent to the Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence, CAFV operates a Transitional Living Center (TLC). The TLC was established to assist families that are no longer in immediate crisis and who do not qualify for other TLC's and/or are in the process of qualifying. The TLC can accommodate survivors for up to 24 months--rent free. The purpose of the TLC is to "incubate" families by providing access to education services, building on skills necessary for employment, self-sufficiency and preparing clients for permanent housing." The TLC gives survivors a place to seek a new beginning and not return to an abusive home.

    Family Resource Center (FRC)

    The Family Resource Center (FRC) is CAFV's non-residential program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. An array of services is provided through by FRC staff and numerous community partners, including:
    •Case management and advocacy
    •Support groups, focused on dynamics of domestic violence and healthy relationships
    •Individual therapy, adults and children
    •Group counseling, adults and children
    •Legal and immigration advocacy, court accompaniment
    •Youth and teen dating violence prevention
    •Community referrals and resources assistance
    •Protective orders and legal assistance provided by the County and District Attorneys’ offices
    •Financial literacy, assistance with job training and placement through Texas Workforce Commission
    •Law enforcement assistance provided by EP Police Department
    •On-site child activity center
    •ESL and GED classes

    Finally, CAFV is committed to collaboration. We are committed to continuing these collaborations, because it is through collaboration and partnership that the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault can be eliminated and addressed. Our most notable collaborative efforts in our community which address domestic violence are:
    • Domestic Violence Prevention Commission- a group of about 25 non-profits and governmental agencies that meet monthly to coordinate efforts toward addressing domestic violence and creating a seamless process to assist victims.
    • District Attorney's Victim Advocate Review Project- made up of CAFV, the DA's office, the police and sheriff's departments that meet weekly to review cases and ensure that all needed services and support are provided victims so that prosecution of cases is advanced and victim safety is assured.
    • Communities in Schools- all the major school districts collaborate with CAFV to assure that students move easily from district to district as needed to assure their safety. They also provide part time tutors that come to the Shelter during the school and provide on-site support to students with homework, computer skills and facilitate higher educational attainment for high school students.
    • El Paso Coalition for the Homeless- a group of all agencies that work with the homel

  • History:
  • Incorporated in 1977, the Center Against Family Violence (CAFV) initially started as a phone Hotline that referred women and their children who were victims of domestic violence to "safe houses" that offered shelter. In 1983, an unused convent became “The Shelter for Battered Women” and began to house victims at one location. Two years later it moved to a larger facility at an intentionally nondescript and undisclosed location which it still occupies today and now operates under the name Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

    CAFV not only meets the immediate challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault but also has grown as a place where families can function as a healthy family unit. To this end, CAFV addresses family needs in times of emergency and works to rebuild families by providing the needed guidance and resources to put them back on the road to a healthy recovery at its non-residential facility known as the Family Resource Center.

    In 2011, CAFV was selected as one of three pilot sites in Texas to participate in Project Connect, a national initiative to increase access to health-care by survivors of domestic violence. As a result of this initiative, CAFV opened a small on-site health clinic, staffed by the University Of Texas El Paso School Of Nursing, which provides well-baby checks, physical screenings and developmental checks to children residing in the shelter.

    In the fall of 2012, CAFV was awarded a grant from ProLiteracy (Syracuse, New York) to initiate GED classes for unique populations in traditionally non-literacy programs. This was a unique opportunity to put an infrastructure in place to promote GED acquisition for our clients within a safe environment, as a component of a comprehensive array of advocacy services. This infrastructure is now in place, classes started in January, 2013. The ProLiteracy grant ends in May, 2013, but our commitment to education does not. We are hopeful The Lawrence Foundation will find merit in this project to assist with its continuation.

  • Year established:1977
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:16
  • Staff size:62


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:74-1945924

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:741945924
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:580 GILES RD
  • Organization City:EL PASO
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:79915-2729
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1978
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):408, 569
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Community service organization, Referral service (social agencies)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$3,785,819
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,625,157
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,905,157
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 3:01:55 am

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