In June 1985, Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence was established as Artemis House. Founded by a small group of women, often working without pay, Artemis was to provide services beyond the traditional housing and safety offered by shelters. The founders saw that victims fleeing domestic violence, in addition to needing a safe place, also needed help and guidance through the often confusing and sometimes intimidating legal system. They also need information about domestic violence and how it affects the individual and children in a household. Because many victims of domestic violence are isolated, the agency provides referrals to other community services able to assist victims. By providing this information and support, Artemis empowers victims to make decisions and choices that will lead to safety for themselves and their children. This Dayton Original contiues to guide victims of domestic violence towards hope and healing.