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

Call 616.454.YWCA (616.454.9922) 24-hours
(no cost)
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.

Safe Living (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.

Counseling

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

Individual Counseling
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.

Batterer’s Intervention
(confirmed ongoing participation is required)
A facilitator-led group is available for men seeking to stop abusive behavior.

Support Groups (no cost)
A facilitator-led support group is available for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Drop-in attendance is allowed.

Supervised Parenting Time and Safe Child Exchange

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

Through the YWCA Safe Connections Program, we provide supervised parenting time and safe child exchange for families where there is a concern for safety due to domestic or dating abuse, sexual assault, stalking, or child sexual abuse, mental illness, or substance abuse.

Long-Term Housing and Supportive Services

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

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.