CVAN’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children and to actively work to end domestic violence in our community.
In 1982, CVAN was created as the place and the voice for battered women and their children in Cabarrus County, NC. One of the first priorities was to start a 24-hour hotline.
Women said they needed a place to go. By a very hot August day in 1984, we opened our Shelter. A 100-year-old two story home in downtown Concord. Over 300 people – churches, businesses, individuals, groups – all came together to renovate the old house into a home.
Throughout the years, we built an array of services based on the needs of the women.
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3/2/82 first meeting of 11
9/10/82 CVAN incorporates as first place in Cabarrus County for battered women and their children
10/1/82 First donation ($15!) received toward first annual budget of $4927. 2015 budget is $737,000
1/14/83 Belinda Deatherage started work as first staff. Now, CVAN has 16 staff members including the store
3/1/83 24-hour hot line took first call, our first month we received 12 calls. Since then 37,206 calls have been answered
7/28/83 First support group met, 2 women gathered
8/23/84 The first CVAN Shelter opened
1/1/90 NC law changed, battered women can seek Orders of Protection without an attorney. CVAN began weekly Court Program
11/15/92 The second Shelter opened
3/18/94 First "Men For Change" campaign. In 2014, 815 men take a stand
9/19/96 First Teen Dating Curriculum presented at Mt. Pleasant High School
9/26/04 CVAN's Cool Used Stuff, our Store, had Grand Opening
2007 CVAN celebrated our 25th Year with an extensive Renovation Campaign
2009 Partnered with CCM to open Transitional Homes
9/10/11 CVAN's Cool Used Stuff Thrift Store relocated and expanded
8/18/12 First Women 4 Women Luncheon raises $33,561 and is matched by Shoe Show, Inc.
2014 provided safety, shelter & support to 24,548 women & children