Sexual Assault services
If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.
YWCA 24-Hour Confidential Crisis Line
For all other YWCA Sexual Assault Services
Call 616.459.4652 (business hours only)
Crisis Help (no cost)
Trained Volunteer Advocates are available 24-hours a day to help victims and survivors of sexual assault. They provide:
- Crisis intervention by phone through the 24-hour confidential crisis hotline for survivors dealing with the aftermath of an assault.
- Sensitive, supportive care for victims of sexual assault in immediate crisis. Crisis services are also provided to friends or family who accompany victims seeking medical care.
- General referral information for area medical, legal, and counseling services.
Short-Term Respite (no cost)
One to three days shelter is provided at the YWCA emergency shelter for victims in immediate crisis who are unable to return safely to their homes.
Short-Term Counseling (no cost)
Individual sessions of crisis counseling are provided for sexual assault survivors. Trained advocates provide a sensitive environment where survivors can safely begin their recovery.
As part of their ongoing healing, survivors are helped to evaluate and establish goals which aid them in moving beyond their assaults. Advocacy is also provided through support, education and referral.
Support Groups (no cost)
A facilitator-led support group is available to adult women who were sexually abused as children or sexually assaulted as adults. Drop-in attendance is permitted.
As needed, facilitator-led therapy groups are available to adolescents and adult women who were sexually assaulted. Confirmed, ongoing participation is required.
Nurse Examiner Program(no cost)
As part of our community’s response to sexual assault, the YWCA provides comprehensive, timely, and sensitive medical-forensic examinations.
With patient consent, evidence is collected and documented by specially trained, professional nurse examiners in a supportive private environment. Volunteer advocates who can offer emotional support and information are part of this response as well.
Medical-forensic examinations are performed at YWCA on a 24-hour, on-call basis for children and adults, both females and males. To arrange for an examination, contact the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program within 120 hours of the incident. The Nurse Examiner Program can also provide referrals for follow-up medical care and counseling.