WAVI’s History:
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 domestic
violence. 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).
Program services have grown to include a specialized Sexual Assault 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.