A committee of the Canton First United Methodist Church felt there was a strong need for an organization to help battered women in Cherokee County. In August 1984, this committee began gathering statistics from the local hospitals, police, judicial system and other social service agencies, as well as visiting other battered women’s shelters in the state. Cherokee Family Violence Center (CFVC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization on July 2, 1985, with by-laws and a working Board of Directors. The Center received its tax-exempt status January 1, 1986 and on April 17, 1986 CFVC “went public” with a conference at Reinhardt College. On June 26, 1987, the 24-hour crisis hotline was installed and the first shelter opened its doors in November 1987. The Center’s first support groups began in January of 1988. In May of that year, the organization moved to a larger shelter. The county donated two small offices in the basement of its old Tag and Tile Building in the Fall of 1988. The agency continued to grow, and in 1994, the administrative offices were moved to the county administrative building. The first major renovation of the shelter was completed in 1996.
CFVC works to end domestic violence by:
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