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WO/MEN'S RESOURCE & RAPE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

End Violence. Change Lives. Give Hope.

aka WRAP   |   Jackson, TN   |  www.wraptn.org

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. WRAP believes that we can truly develop safe, stable, nurturing relationships, families, and communities throughout 20 counties in West Tennessee.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Ms. Mamie L. Hutcherson

Main address

62 Directors Row

Jackson, TN 38305 USA

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Formerly known as

The Jackson Area Rape Assistance Program

EIN

51-0200138

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a leading provider of domestic and sexual violence support in West Tennessee, WRAP is acutely aware of the challenges faced by survivors in our counties. Many survivors only seek help when desperate, after enduring years of abuse and oppression. Rural communities often foster distrust of outsiders, hindering coordinated responses to crime and victim assistance. This leads to reluctance to seek help or involve authorities. Additionally, WRAP administers the Relative Caregiver Program, fostering stable homes for relatives' children, aiming to prevent entry into foster care.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Strong Brains: Tennessee's ACEs Initiative

WRAP is a proud partner of Building Strong Brains: Tennessee's ACE's Initiative. This initiative aims to equip every single Tennessean with knowledge of the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on us as individuals and as a community throughout our lifespan and across generations. WRAP advocates infuse an understanding of the neuroscience of trauma into their work with survivors and their children, providing survivors with information, tools, and resources that build the resilience needed to mitigate the impact of ACEs. WRAP also provides training on the Building Strong Brains Initiative, ACEs, and protective factors to interested student, professional, and community groups.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Adults

Focusing on the three D's of Bystander Intervention (Direct, Delegate, and Distract), WRAP works with colleges and universities in the West Tennessee area to provide information and training to students on safe strategies for intervening to prevent sexual violence.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

WRAP provides education and training to allied professionals, faculty, students, and interested business or community groups on a wide array of topics. Some of the most common are below:

Adverse Childhood Experiences
Building Healthy Relationships
Building Resilience
Bystander Intervention
Faith and Domestic Violence
Parenting/Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Providing Trauma-Informed Services
Men and Sexual Assault
Nurturing Parenting
The Socio-Cultural Underpinnings of Violence against Women and Girls
Understanding and Preventing Domestic/Dating Violence
Understanding and Preventing Sexual Assault
Understanding Trauma

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

WRAP was one of the first community-based non-profit agencies to implement the Community-Based Advocacy Project, an evidence based, survivor-centered approach to working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in 19 West Tennessee counties that focuses on four main outcome areas:

Justice, which involves not only legal justice, offender accountability, and the protection of a victim's rights but also the economic and social justice many women require to achieve freedom from abuse. Without the availability of and equal access to affordable housing, jobs that pay a living wage, affordable transportation, quality childcare, and education and training opportunities, many will remain in their abusive situations.

Autonomy, which involves respecting each survivor's right to self determination and independence. Each survivor makes her own decisions about what she wants to do, how she wants to do it, and when. With respect to survivors of domestic violence in particular, historically, domestic violence service providers and the community have responded to the violence by coaching victims on how to leave and how they should respond to the abusive relationship. Over time, we have learned from survivors that what they need most is support, encouragement, and the resources to achieve their goals. Thus, WRAP simply provides information and education to inform the survivor's decision-making as well as the tools and resources the survivor feel she needs to travel down the path she has chosen for herself. And we're pretty good cheerleaders, too!

Restoration, which involves helping survivors heal from the abuse emotionally and physically so that they can move on with their lives. It’s important to know that the effects of domestic violence can be overwhelming to experience, and even to learn about. It’s common for someone in an abusive relationship to not recall many aspects of their personality before being abused, especially if they have been exposed to violence for an extended period of time. Sometimes, it may seem as if the violence defines their identity. But know the effects of domestic violence are possible to overcome, and it is possible to break the cycle of violence. Recovery from exposure to domestic violence is possible, and although it requires addressing painful realities, it also entails discovering new inner strengths, a process that needs time, space and safety to begin.

Safety, which involves assisting survivors with orders of protection and safety planning, among other things. We all deserve lives free of physical and sexual abuse as well as of threats, intimidation, stalking, financial abuse, controlling behaviors, and isolation. Having a safe place to live is one of our most important and fundamental needs. At WRAP, we work with the victims who come to us for help feel safer so that they can focus their efforts on becoming a survivor who is able to build self-esteem and fulfill potential in other areas.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

WRAP is committed to partnering with our communities so as to maximize local resources, increase victim access to those resources, enhance a victim’s safety and experience with the civil/criminal justice system, increase offender accountability, and strengthen community support. Below are ways in which WRAP is coordinating our response with the communities we serve:

Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and Advocate Initiated Response Program (AIR)
Domestic Violence Response Teams
Family Justice Centers: WRAP advocates are co-located at two family justice centers: The Safe Hope Center in Jackson, TN and 1 Safe Place in Brownsville, TN.
Jackson-Madison County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Vulnerable Adult Protection and Investigation Teams (VAPIT)
West Tennessee Homelessness Continuum of Care (CoC)

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

WRAP’s skilled advocates offer psycho-educational counseling to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. For adult counseling services, WRAP offers individual and group interventions that include education about intimate partner violence and its impact on survivors, raising self-esteem and mood, problem-solving skills for independent living, and mind-body activities to reduce hyper-alertness. WRAP also has licensed clinicians who may be consulted if an individual feels therapy would be helpful. These clinicians are skilled in working with victims of trauma and utilize such therapeutic approaches to working with victims of trauma as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR),

For children, interventions include groups, individual counseling or therapy, and dyadic counseling/therapy with their nonoffending parent. WRAP believes that an essential component of intervention with all children is the priority of supporting and strengthening the relationship between the nonoffending parent and the child. For most children, a strong relationship with a parent is the key factor in helping the child heal from the effects of domestic violence. The choice of intervention depends on the child's age, the nature and severity of the traumatic reaction, the circumstances of the family, and the availability of other supports.In either a group or an individual format, counseling can provide children and their caregivers with important information about domestic violence and common childhood reactions, which can help normalize their experience and decrease their sense of isolation.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

WRAP maintains a 24/7 crisis response system managed by skilled advocates who provide information and referral, crisis counseling, safe home assessments, and hospital accompaniment. WRAP also partners with local law enforcement to ensure immediate advocacy response to high danger situations.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

The immediate need of a survivor fleeing domestic violence is safety. Some survivors may be able to safely stay in their own home with some additional financial support through rental assistance while others may require a stay in a WRAP Safe Home before re-entering their own independent housing. WRAP uses short- and long-term rental assistance to help survivors regain permanent housing. Having an affordable place to call home is crucial for survivors of domestic violence to both reduce their risk of homelessness as well as the possibility of future violence. Research indicates that families that receive housing assistance are far less likely to experience interpersonal violence than those that do not. Beyond addressing their immediate safety and housing needs, survivors of domestic violence require supportive services that can help them heal from the trauma of abuse and improve their economic security and well-being. Participation in WRAP's Housing Program ensures that survivors receive the supportive services they need.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

WRAP has two safe homes: WRAP House Jackson and WRAP House Union City. WRAP Houses are temporary but warm and welcoming safe havens for those victims whose physical safety is at immediate risk. Because many victims of abuse arrive with only the clothes on their backs, WRAP Houses provide clothing, personal items, food,, and supportive services that may be needed by those who come. WRAP House locations are confidential and well-monitored to provide residents with an enhanced sense of safety and security.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

The Nurturing Parent Program is an evidence-based, trauma-informed program that is a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. In integrating the Nurturing Parenting Program into advocates’ work with survivors with children, WRAP aims to mitigate the effects of emotional and psychological trauma on children who have witnessed violence against their caregiver by coaching and mentoring their caregiver. The primary goal of this work is to strengthen the positive bond between caretaker and child by equipping caregivers with nurturing parenting strategies.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Parents, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Safe House Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the total number of bed nights for safe housing either in our two residential safe homes or in emergency hotels.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes grants received from foundations, corporations and state-funded programs.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Education and Awareness Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Crisis Response Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Relates to number of clients served who identify as a survivor of domestic and/or sexual violence.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To realize successful outcomes, victims and relative caregivers need to feel valued by their communities and understand what resources and services are available to them. They need to understand the socio-cultural underpinnings of domestic and sexual violence; they need knowledge and skill in building safer, healthier relationships and families; and they need to feel empowered to make decisions and take actions aimed at improving their sense of well-being and the overall quality of their lives and the lives of their families. Finally, victims and relative caregivers need to feel connected to and supported by the communities in which they live and work. Thus, WRAP is guided in our work by three key goals: 1) help create communities that value all members and that promote individual and community well-being; 2) enhance knowledge, safety, and self efficacy of survivors and relative caregivers; and 3) increase social support and community connections for survivors and relative caregivers.

Lay the foundation for a coordinated community response to domestic and/or sexual violence in each of the counties served.
Identify resources and services in at least the county seats and/or major cities of each of the counties served.
Launch at least one public awareness campaign each year in each county served aimed at getting information about WRAP's mission and services available to victims of domestic and sexual assault.
Provide a consistent, competent advocacy presence in each of the counties served.
Provide trauma-informed, evidence-based, culturally-sensitive, survivor-directed domestic and sexual violence community advocacy, outreach, and shelter services for survivors in each of the counties served.
Increase social support and community connections for survivors and relative caregivers in every county served.
Increase survivor and relative caregiver access to formal and informal community resources and opportunities in every county served.

Founded by a small group of volunteers in 1975 as a Rape Crisis line for women in Madison County, Tennessee, WRAP has grown over the last 49 years into a dual domestic violence/sexual assault and relative caregiver program with 3 administrative staff and 39 program staff serving 20 counties in West Tennessee, including Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Tipton, and Weakley. Over the years, WRAP has received grants from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) to fund its advocacy, outreach, and shelter services. WRAP currently has five Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, and a Department of Childrens Services grant.

WRAP is committed to a survivor-centered, empowerment-focused practice model that embraces a more holistic, trauma-informed approach to the provision of services, and WRAP is implementing an evidence-based approach to service provision that is grounded in self-determination, intensive and time-framed, and focused on supporting survivors and relative caregivers in achieving their goals related to justice, autonomy, restoration, and/or safety. Services provided include a 24-7 crisis line, offered in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, shelter, court accompaniment, hospital accompaniment, counseling, case management, support groups, therapy, transportation, resource linkage, emergency financial assistance, rental assistance, transitional housing, and rapid rehousing. WRAP also partners with law enforcement and other community-based agencies in each of the counties we serve to ensure those with whom we work have access to the formal and informal supports needed to sustain safe, stable, nurturing relationships and families.

In 2022, more than 40% of all crimes against persons in West Tennessee were crimes of domestic and/or sexual violence. From July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, WRAP spent over 18,000 hours handling 2,340 hotline calls and serving 1,800 unique victims across 19 counties.
The Relative Caregiver program was awarded to WRAP in January 2023.
More than 90% of the victims were women and girls. Results of our work with these survivors are shown below:
92% of victims had an enhanced sense of safety/security
98% of victims were more knowledgeable of available services and community resources
88% of victims were more knowledgeable about the criminal justice system
97% of victims were satisfied with services received.
95% of victims were able to safety plan
90% of victims achieved goals
90% of victims were able to access a support system to help them address victimization
75% of victims stated they were experiencing fewer severe crime-related symptoms

As we are looking forward to 24-25 fiscal year, we are considering ways in which we can continue to strengthen the quality of our practice and deepen our knowledge base around what's most effective in our outreach to and our work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as families caring for the children of relatives. We will also be looking at ways in which we can more effectively advocate within rural West Tennessee for a shift in socio-cultural norms that promote ending violence against women and girls (and thus against men and boys) and meaningfully support safe, stable, nurturing relationships, families, and communities for ALL.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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WO/MEN'S RESOURCE & RAPE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Danielle Jones

Jackson Police Department

Term: 2016 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mrs. Thomas Tharpe

Henry Police Department

Term: 2021 - 2024

Charley Deal

University of Tennessee Martin Foundation

Beth Anderson

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital

Davida Barker

Resource Federal Credit Union

John Bozeman

Staff Management

Zach Coleman

Tailored Networks

Jennifer Gilley

David Greer

C&C Equipment Rental

Lara Jackson

Andrea Bond Johnson

Golden Circle Insurance Agency

Sandra Manuel-King

Shelby Mathis

Ambre Scott

Lisa Tyler

Bethel University

Paige Keith

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.