Since its inception in 1977, Gateway Battered Women’s Services has been a leader in the field of domestic violence throughout the community, state and nation. Gateway was the first shelter in the community to establish a comprehensive counseling program for nonresident women and children. Gateway remains a leader in the provision of services to children, both in a residential and nonresidential setting. Gateway was also one of the first shelters in the nation to establish a Court Advocacy Program, designed to organize and coordinate the criminal justice and domestic violence service systems in the City of Aurora.
The overall mission of Gateway is to work toward the elimination of personal and societal violence against all women and children by empowerment through education, support services, and by actually promoting social change within the community.