The Avalon Center was founded in 1984 as Battered Women, Inc. and was the first organization in the community to provide a safe haven for victims of family violence. The organization started as a grassroots movement in the community as people began to realize a need for services for victims of domestic violence.

The Avalon Center has since grown into an important community resource providing comprehensive services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

In 2002 our name changed from Battered Women, Inc. to Avalon Center in order to reflect the broad spectrum of services we now provide.

Since then, the Avalon Center created the Sexual Assault Response Team, developed the Transitional Housing Program, and expanded our long-term advocacy services.


We now service the following 7 counties: Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, and Van Buren.

Mission Statement


The Avalon Center facilitates services that encourage individuals and communities to identify what is most important to them to overcome barriers and be led by their own strengths and abilities, while honoring their own choices.


The Avalon Center works with individuals, organizations, and our community in a collaborative fashion. The Avalon Center values and promotes effective partnerships between staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve.


The Avalon Center fosters an environment of 24 hour availability to individuals, volunteers, staff, and community partners to ensure connection with the means necessary to address their individual needs.


The Avalon Center acknowledges the value and dignity of all individual individuals. We are committed to create an environment that is inclusive of all.

Core Values

The mission of the Avalon Center is to end power-based violence against men, women, children, in the communities we serve with the goal of achieving social justice.