Who We Are


To take the best care of people of all identities who have been impacted by power-based personal violence and to measurably reduce the number of people who have been hurt by it.


To shift the cultural norms to create a society where violence isn’t tolerated.

Our promise is to meet people where they are and inspire a path forward.

Our Story

Our organization was founded in 1976 with the intention to provide services to survivors of power-based personal violence in the Northern Kentucky, Buffalo Trace, and Greater Cincinnati areas.

Throughout the years our organization has used several names to present our services to our communities. The Rape Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky and Women’s Crisis Center were names that served us well. However, the growing normalization of violence prevention programs in our culture helped bring discussions of power-based personal violence to the forefront. This illuminated a much more pervasive problem and showed the need to present ourselves in new light to the communities we serve and reach out more effectively to the survivors of all identities who live there.

In 2021 we added a new chapter to a 45-year story. Our name was revealed to us by the philosophies that drive our center and the services we provide. Our identity shines in everything we do.

preventION – interventION – compassION – collaboratION
inclusION – protectION – transformatION

Statement of Inclusion

The Ion Center recognizes the intersecting identities of each individual who comes to us for services. When we support someone who has been impacted by power-based personal violence, it is part of our agency’s fabric to remember the additional traumas they may have experienced due to racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia or xenophobia. These traumas stack, compound, and can weave themselves together before even considering the generational trauma that exists in individuals belonging to groups who have been historically oppressed.

The Ion Center’s services are offered with regard and reverence for these identities and for the different traumas that one’s identities may carry.

We provide our services to anyone regardless of primary language or ability. 

Read more about our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism here.

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