Women’s Advocates’ mission is to eliminate violence in the lives of women, children and families.


Women’s Advocates is a safe place where victims/survivors of all backgrounds and cultures can escape domestic violence and begin to heal. We offer shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, personal needs items, counseling, support, advocacy, referrals, crisis phone, and other basic services to women and their children daily. Today, Women’s Advocates provides shelter and services to an average of 50 women and children daily, helps dozens of callers to the crisis line daily, and educates students and professionals about domestic abuse prevention and services.


Women’s Advocates, Inc. was one of the first shelters in the nation for women and children escaping domestic violence.  In 1972, a phone crisis line for women seeking divorce or safety was created by volunteers in Saint Paul.  Soon after, these women opened the first official shelter for domestic violence victims in a Victorian home on Grand Avenue.  Women’s Advocates has since grown to three connected houses with 24/7 staff providing basic needs, advocacy, counseling, and resources.  Women’s Advocates has been a national leader for other safety efforts by generating awareness, funding, and programs for abuse survivors and their families.  Read more

Core Values

At Women’s Advocates, our core values are defined as inviolable commitments to the people we serve. These values infuse all practices and activities within our organization.  Each member of staff models these values daily throughout the organization to guide our work and ensure we are providing the best possible services to our residents and the community.  It’s not just what we do that matters at Women’s Advocates, it’s also how we do it.  Our core values include:  BELONGING, COLLABORATION, COMPASSION, DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING, DIGNITY AND RESPECT, EXCELLENCE, and SAFETY.


Women’s Advocates is implementing a three-year plan that will enhance programming, develop scattered-site transitional housing blended with aftercare services, increase community engagement and public policy efforts, diversify fund development, and embrace Continuous Quality Improvement at every level of service and operation.  Read more


Women’s Advocates is supported by talented and engaged community leadership from the public and private sectors. See the board


Over 30 experienced staff members make up Women’s Advocates’ workforce. Contact our staff


Consider a rewarding and enriching career at Women’s Advocates! See opportunities

Financials and Governance Documents

Women’s Advocates can provide its Audited Financial Statements, 990 IRS forms, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, or its Conflict of Interest Policy upon request. See more


Crisis line 651-227-8284
Front desk 651-227-9966

Emergency Exit

588 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Admin: 651-227-9966

Crisis Line: 651-227-8284