Founded in 1977, The Center began with nine charter members. By 1979, The Center evolved into a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation serving both Beaverhead and Madison Counties. The framework of The Center includes a governing board, staff, volunteers and an advisory board. It is a membership organization with a widespread involvement (both male and female) and is funded through dues, donations, endowments, grants and other fund-raising activities. Originally founded to serve women victims of domestic violence, The Center now offers services to all women, men, children, and elders in Beaverhead and Madison Counties. The Center acts as a liaison between victims of violent crimes and other agencies such as law enforcement, medical providers, social service providers, religious leaders, and counselors.