Domestic and Dating Abuse


If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.

YWCA 24-Hour Confidential Helpline
616.454.YWCA (616.454.9922)


Emergency Shelter (No Cost)

Call 616.454.YWCA (616.454.9922) 24-hours

The YWCA provides confidential, short-term emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their dependent children who are fleeing situations of domestic abuse. Temporary shelter for pets can be arranged too.

Advocacy Resource Services

Crisis Help (No Cost)

  • Help in developing a plan that will allow you to live more safely whether you are still with your partner or living separately.
  • Guidance in developing safe exit strategies for those who have the opportunity to leave their relationship.
  • Paralegal services and help navigating the legal/court system
  • Help in locating medical, housing and child care services.

Short Term Counseling (No Cost)

Individual sessions of short-term advocacy and supportive counseling are provided for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Trained advocates provide a sensitive environment where survivors can safely begin their recovery.

Support Groups (No Cost)
Facilitator-led support groups are available for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Drop-in attendance is allowed.

Available groups include:

  • Survivors of Domestic Assault and Abuse *now available online*
  • Spanish Speaking Survivors of Domestic Assault and Abuse
  • Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse *now available online*
  • Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Faith Leaders
  • LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse *now available online*


Call 616.459.4652 (Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm; Fridays 8:00 am-12:00 pm)

Individual Therapy
As part of their ongoing healing, survivors are helped to evaluate and establish goals which aid them in moving beyond their victimization. Advocacy is also provided through support, education, and referral. Children who have witnessed violence often benefit from this recovery process as well.

Men Choosing Alternatives to Violence (MCAV)
(confirmed ongoing participation is required)
A facilitator-led group is available for men seeking to stop controlling/abusive behavior in their intimate partner relationships.

Safe Connections – supervised Parenting Time and Custody Exchanges

Call 616.426.3757

To help parents and children develop positive, healthy relationships, the YWCA provides supervised parenting time and custody exchanges for families where there is a concern for safety due to domestic or dating abuse, sexual assault, stalking, child sexual abuse, mental illness, or substance abuse. Click here for more information and program hours.

Long-Term Housing and Supportive Services

Call 616.459.4652 (Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm; Fridays 8:00 am-12:00 pm)

To strengthen a domestic abuse survivor’s ability to maintain a safe, independent life apart from their abusive partner, the YWCA provides transitional housing, as well as help in finding employment, advocacy, child care, and referrals for legal assistance. In combination, these services support survivors in locating permanent, safe housing.