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History & Mission

Our Mission:

WRAP’s mission is to prevent intimate partner violence, stop the transmission of violence to children, youth, and young adults, and build healthy relationships across the lifespan – from children to seniors – one relationship at a time.

Our Vision:

WRAP believes that we can truly develop safe, stable, nurturing relationships, families, and communities.

Our History:

WRAP was founded in 1975 as a volunteer-led rape crisis hotline. Since its founding, it has expanded to serve survivors of both sexual and domestic violence, as well as supporting children and families through the Relative Caregiver Program. WRAP is the largest agency of its kind in Tennessee in terms of geographic coverage.

  • 1975 - WRAP starts as an rape assistance line in Madison County run by volunteers.

  • 1976 - WRAP is incorporated as a 501c3.

  • 1981 - WRAP hires a part-time Executive Director

  • 1984 - The Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) becomes law! WRAP receives grants that allows expansion to include domestic violence survivor support services and increases the number of counties served. A full-time director and advocates are hired.

  • 2004 - Through a Community Development Block Grant, WRAP purchases a new building at 62 Directors Row in Jackson for operations.

  • 2013 - WRAP ushers in an evidence-based, survivor-centered approach to practice.

  • 2018 - WRAP creates three specializations within survivor support services: Domestic Violence Response, Sexual Assault Response, and Residential Response.

  • 2019 - WRAP partners with the TN Dept. of Children's Services in a pilot project aimed at keeping children safe at home with their non-offending parents, and WRAP partners with Union University's School of Social Work to launch the first Trauma-Informed Care Organizational Transformation Peer Learning Collaborative.

  • 2021 - In its journey to become more trauma-informed, WRAP restructures to create partnerships across practice circles aimed at supporting and empowering.

  • 2023 - WRAP is awarded a contract from the State of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services to be the West Tennessee Provider of the Relative Caregiver Program, further expanding its services to support nurturing relationships and families.

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