For LGBTQ Survivors

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

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


Is your relationship emotionally or physically abusive? It’s not always easy to answer that question – especially in a community where you can become accustomed to abuse from family, friends, and society.

Domestic abuse occurs among people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. LGBTQ individuals suffer from domestic abuse at the same rate, if not more, than individuals who are heterosexual and non-transgender. LGBTQ survivors of domestic abuse suffer from a range of abuse, including physical violence, intimidation, isolation, emotional and verbal abuse.

We can help – by working with you to sort out your feelings, escape from abuse, and recover from trauma. The YWCA has staff who specialize in working with LGBTQ survivors and also partners with local organizations to best serve LGBTQ survivors. Please call 616.454.9922 for help.

Our staff can connect you with the YWCA resources you need to heal, including:

  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Short-term Crisis Support
  • Group Therapy and Counseling
  • Temporary Shelter and Long-term Housing
  • Assistance Finding Legal, Medical, Housing, and Child Care Services

We hear you. We understand. We can help.