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 abusive? It’s not always easy to answer that question — especially if you have been (or are) subjected to abuse by family, co-workers, classmates, faith leaders, or others because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Yet, domestic and dating abuse does occur among people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Perpetrators can inflict a range abuses on their victims, such as physical violence, sexual assault, intimidation, and isolation, as well as emotional, verbal, and financial abuse. However, if you’ve faced discrimination and prejudice in the past, you may feel reluctant or afraid to reach out for help. We understand.

In addition to offering a comprehensive array of services for domestic and dating abuse, the YWCA has staff who specialize in working with LGBTQ+ survivors and addressing the unique challenges that exist for them. We also offer a LGBTQ+ survivor support group, and we partner with local organizations to ensure survivors receive practical and healing supports.

We hear you. We understand. We can help.


Local Resources

Grand Rapids Pride Center: an organization dedicated to empowering the Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ community through supportive services and awareness

A.Y.A. Youth Collective: an organization providing circles of support for youth facing homelessness

The Grand Rapids Red Project: an organization dedicated to improving health, reducing risk, and preventing HIV

GR Trans Foundation: a local nonprofit dedicated to helping the Grand Rapids Trans community transcend barriers and build equity