SMART Women's Lunch

Are you successful, motivated and really tired?  If so, then to the H.E.R Shelter you are a SMART Women!!

Join us on September 19th at the Delta Hotel in Chesapeake for our annual SMART Women's Luncheon.  It will be time to relax and rejuvenate will supporting the H.E.R Shelter. Gather your girlfriends, clients or coworkers and be ready to enjoy! You can purchase individual, tickets, tables or make a donation by clicking here

  • We Now Can Accept your Vehicle Donation!!

Thanks to our partnership with Vehicles for Charity, we are able to accept your car, boat, or RV as a donation to the H.E.R Shelter.  Click here for more information.

Help us further our mission!

Thank you for choosing to support the H.E.R. Shelter. While much of our programming is supported through a variety of grants, many innovative projects and simple niceties of life are not.  We work tirelessly to  provide safety, advocacy, leadership, sustainability and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking and homelessness.  Thanks to the support of our community, we are able to provide the best possible services to the women and children who are in our shelters.   The H.E.R Shelter is a registered non-profit agency so your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to make a credit card donation just click on the button below.  If you would like to donate via check, please make it out to H.E.R. Shelter and send it to: PO Box 2187 Portsmouth VA 23702.

We also accept in-kind donations of household goods, clothes , paper products etc .  We do have limited space so please contact Raven to confirm we can accept your donation.

Thank you for supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.  Together we can make a real difference in the lives of others!

Welcome to our New Executive Director!

With great excitement the HER Shelter board of directors confirmed the new acting Executive Director as Olivia Smithberger!
Olivia has worked with HER Shelter since 2010, most recently holding the leadership title of Crisis Services Director, she is best known for her work;
  • As founder of Sweet Haven Baked Goods workforce development program
  • as key leader in opening the RESTORE shelter in 2018
Olivia's enthusiasm and strategy bring a fresh perspective to victim services while preserving our successful current programs to save more lives and build safer, stronger communities!


The H.E.R. Shelter is a private, non-profit agency, certified by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, and the statewide coalition: Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA). We participate in the Coordinated Crisis Response, a 24-hour emergency hotline where a trained advocate can assist individuals in need of information, referrals, or - when appropriate - can provide safe, emergency housing for a woman and her children. The H.E.R Shelter currently operates three shelter facilities in the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia.