About Us


The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. The Center works for social change through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. It helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.

Committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked, the Center values accessibility, cultural diversity and the empowerment of all people.


The DC Rape Crisis Center was founded in 1972. One of the first in the nation, it served as a model for those that followed. In 2012 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary and two years later continue to develop approaches to eradicating sexual violence and supporting survivors.

Core Services and Programs:

Helping Community Members in the Aftermath of Sexual Violence – We offer individual therapy, support groups, classes, and more.

Being There, 24/7 – Trained advocates provide a supportive, listening ear to survivors 24 hours a day through our crisis hotline.

Educating the Community – We advance risk-reduction through girls clubs in middle and high schools, presentations in elementary schools, programs in the community, training of professionals, newsletters, and more.

Community and Systems Change – We work with our allies in the criminal justice, advocacy, health, and related systems to continually improve laws, policies, and practices to best serve survivors of sexual violence and to advance prevention moving forward.

Board of Directors

Rebecca Woods – President
Lisa Brown Morton –Vice President
Joyce Bader – Secretary
Cristal Brun-Treasurer
Jim Barratt
Madia Logan
Sherelle Hessell-Gordon, ex officio


Sherelle Hessell-Gordon, Executive Director
Melinda Coles, Director of Community Education
Georgiana Mora, LICSW, Clinical Director
Joana Tasi, LGSW, Trauma Therapist
Indira Henard, Director of Advocacy
Simpdy Merelan, Crisis Services Manager
Denise Taylor, Hotline Advocate
Amanda Lindamood, Community Outreach to Teens
Shaumia Craig, Office Coordinator

For information on Volunteering:
Simpdy Merelan

For information on Support Groups or Intake:
Indira Henard

Contact Us:

DC Rape Crisis Center
5321 First Place NE
Washington, DC 20011

Business: 202-232-0789
TTY: 202-328-1371
Fax: 202-723-0480
Hotline: 202-333-7273
Email: dcrcc@dcrcc.org