The aims and purposes of HCCC are summarized as follows:
· To provide a safe, temporary place in a homelike, supportive environment to enable a victim of battering or sexual assault to examine available choices for her/himself and any children the victim may have.
· To educate the community, its agencies and citizens on the needs an experiences of women, men and children victims of battering and sexual assault and the problems of family violence and sexual assault in general.
· To pursue long range goals to strengthen the family unit and to prevent and reduce the occurrence of violence and sexual assault within the family.
· To provide counseling and other non-resident services for any victim of family violence and sexual assault.
Hill Country Crisis Council History
The Hill Country Crisis Council, Inc. (HCCC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in April 1984 to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. HCCC originally operated as a fledgling volunteer organization with a 24-hour hotline staffed by willing people who also transported clients to the nearest shelter in Marble Falls, Texas.
In 1986 a director was hired to develop the program. It was during this initial stage that several accomplishments were realized including enlistment of a Board of Directors, securing government contracts for operating funds, and purchasing facilities, which serve as the current shelter and counseling office.
Over the next several years it became necessary to expand the HCCC staff to add a volunteer coordinator, an outreach counselor, a counselor for adults and a counselor for children. Services were expanded to add a group for incest survivors, a program for batterers, and a school-based anti-victimization program. The service area was expanded from Kerr County to include Gillespie, Kendall and Bandera counties. In 1990, the existing facilities were renovated and in 1994, an additional building was purchased which serves as the current administrative office.
In 1994, a complete analysis of all the programs resulted in streamlining their costs. By restructuring staff, a more cost-effective delivery of services was obtained without a reduction in quality or quantity of those services. A School/Family Advocate was added to the staff. The public education effort was increased with emphasis on presentations in the local schools. Expanded services were delivered to the outlying counties rather than having clients travel to Kerrville to receive those services.
The philosophy of the Hill Country Crisis Council remains constant now and in the future: Physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse of one human being by another is unacceptable. The Hill Country Crisis Council believes that all abuse diminishes or prohibits the full expression of life and growth that is every person's right.