Who We Are

My Sister’s Place (MSP) shelters, supports and empowers survivors of domestic violence and their children, while providing leadership and education to build a supportive community.

For over 45 years, MSP has been an innovator in changing lives by providing DC’s first hotline and one of the first domestic violence shelters. MSP also offered the first Batterer Intervention group. As one of DC’s oldest domestic violence shelters, we have served as a cornerstone of the District’s response to this pressing public health issue since 1979, and our impact on DC’s community continues to grow.

MSP is unique in offering a full continuum of care from emergency shelter through transitional-to-permanent housing. Our experienced team of case managers and residential counselors provides clinical counseling, case management, and comprehensive services to empower survivors to recover and thrive. MSP also provides training, case consultation, and advocacy to engage communities to prevent violence and abuse.

Our goal is to end the cycle of domestic violence, and empower everyone to build healthy lives and relationships.

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My Sister’s Place Value Statements

Demonstrate Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence

We strive to maintain the highest expectations of ourselves and are accountable to each other – colleagues, survivors, community, and ourselves. Our ambitions are guided by our community, best practices, evaluation and feedback and are performed with high standards and integrity.

Support Wellness and Self-care

We believe in order to live fully and holistically, we must prioritize time for healing, wellness, and growth. Thriving through adversity, challenges, and change requires tools and strategies for coping and resiliency. We encourage self-awareness, self-advocacy, and life balance through dedication to self-care.

Provide Person-centered and Trauma-informed services

We seek to empower the survivors we serve to honor their experiences, prioritize their needs, and restore self-agency. We recognize that each person has unique experiences and requires an individualized approach that is informed by survivor strength, experience, and choice. It is accessible, comprehensive, and survivor-led.

Foster an Environment of Trust, Transparency and Respect

We value open communication, collaboration, and collegiality that nurtures a trustful and respectful environment. We celebrate our differences and strengths utilizing them to be a creative, supportive and solution-minded team and community.

Deliver Services Intentionally and Passionately

We define our vision and goals to meet the dynamic needs of the community we serve. It requires we cultivate passion for achieving our mission and act with purpose to support the wishes of survivors. We advocate for what is just and are committed to providing quality service.