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
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.