Formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo County, Stand Strong has been serving the community since 1977, when two women in Morro Bay opened up their home to survivors of domestic violence.

Other volunteers saw and joined them in their effort to provide safety to survivors. In 1979, this volunteer effort became formally incorporated as the Women’s Crisis House. As services expanded for domestic violence survivors, the Women’s Crisis House changed its name to the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County in order to reflect the expansion of these services.

In 2017, the Women’s Shelter Program changed its name to Stand Strong to reflect the organization’s role in the bigger conversation of dismantling domestic violence in San Luis Obispo County – calling on all community members to come together and support one another with dignity, respect and compassion.

Mission Statement:

It takes a community to prevent domestic violence. Stand Strong is working to end domestic violence in San Luis Obispo County through support, education and advocacy, and we invite you to join the movement.

If you have been affected in any way by domestic violence, know this: you are strong, you are courageous, you are believed, and you are not alone.

The Stand Strong Vision:

“A society where intimate partners and family members treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion; where oppression is replaced with equality; where the expression of conflict and anger is non-violent; where children grow up with their esteem intact and are nurtured in such a manner they recognize the value of speaking the truth, welcoming diversity and practicing cooperation. Our vision is a society free from intimate and political wars.”