Vision and Mission
About Compass Center
Photo credit - Anna Creissen
Compass Center for Women and Families is a nonprofit that helps people navigate their journeys toward self-sufficiency, safety, and health. We empower individuals and promote equal access to opportunity regardless of gender or economic status. Our services include domestic violence crisis and prevention programs, assistance with legal resources, career and financial education, support groups, mental health access, housing assistance, and youth health programs. We serve more than 6,500 people a year in Orange and surrounding counties.
We are the state-designated domestic violence service agency for Orange County, North Carolina.
Compass Center was born when two strong agencies with successful track records serving women and families in the community — The Women’s Center and the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County — merged.
Founded in 1979, The Women's Center helped women in transition. The organization partnered with women and girls to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence to become self-sufficient through financial literacy education, career exploration and preparedness, legal information, adolescent empowerment programs, and connections to community resources.
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (FVPC) opened in 2000 in response to Orange County’s need for a county-specific agency to work with victims of domestic violence, their friends and families. FVPC’s mission was to prevent and end domestic violence through direct services and community education.
As Compass Center, we provide a unique array of aligned prevention, crisis, and long-term self-sufficiency services under one umbrella. We believe that this model allows our community to more easily access services that address the interconnected nature of gender equity and economic justice.