In June of 1978, three visionary Rapid City, SD women met to discuss the need for assistance to victims of domestic violence. This group identified as its primary purpose the desire to assist women and children in crisis situations by providing temporary emergency shelter, food, and/or supportive services, and to educate the community on the issues of battering. The organization received non-profit incorporation status from the State of South Dakota in November of 1978 under the name of Women and Violence, Inc. (WAVI). Throughout its history, the agency has remained committed to responding to the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization has undergone several name changes and extensive growth in size and program offering. Program services have grown to include a specialized Sexual Assault Program, and a Children's Program. The agency has been operating as Working against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) since 1996, and moved into its current facility in 2004, where we continue to offer the most complete, secure and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the region.