Domestic Violence Shelter

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Domestic Violence Shelter

Crisis Line (419) 241-7386 or (888) 341-7386

The YWCA of Northwest Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter provides a safe haven and comprehensive support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence. As a vital resource in the community, the shelter offers a secure environment where survivors can find refuge from abusive situations. Beyond just providing a physical space, the YWCA’s shelter is committed to addressing the emotional, psychological, and practical needs of survivors. With a compassionate and dedicated team, we offer counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and empowerment programs, empowering survivors to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of violence. Through its unwavering commitment to fostering healing, resilience, and independence, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter stands as a beacon of hope and strength for those seeking to escape domestic violence and find a path towards a brighter future.

The YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter is the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Lucas County and is a 17 room, 46-bed facility providing services for survivors of domestic violence.

We are committed to helping you every step of your journey to a life free from abuse. Our knowledgeable and trauma informed staff with be there to support you from your first contact with us until you reach your independent living goals.

Services offered include:

24/7 Crisis Hotline
24/7 Intakes
Court Advocacy
Safety Planning
Emotional Support
Domestic Violence Support Groups
Safe Space for Endangered Pets
Community Outreach
Community Education
Children’s Activities and Advocacy
Economic Empowerment Groups
Linkage to Community Resources
Assistance with Independent Housing
Domestic Violence ‘Step-Down Housing’ for domestic violence survivors exiting our 60-day emergency Domestic Violence Shelter.

Our extensive training program is available for medical professionals, salon professionals, teachers, college students, church and other groups. Call 888-341-7386 for more information.

DVS Step-Down House

In February 2018, in an effort to manage our increased numbers of survivors served by our Emergency DVS, the YWCA opened the DVS Step-Down House.

The DV Step-Down house provides temporary housing to bridge the gap from our emergency shelter to permanent housing.  We offer safe and clean shelter, support, life skills, education and training. The overall objective is to provide survivors with the structure, modeling, and support needed to develop the skills necessary to increase self-sufficiency skills, and maximize and maintain permanent housing once obtained.


If you or your group would like to do something about domestic violence, there are many ways in which you can make a difference:

Contributions  – The Shelter welcomes both monetary and in-kind donations. To see our wish listclick here.

Daily Needs – These range from laundry detergent to educational toys for the children’s area. 

Volunteering – The Shelter has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups

Community Education – Learn more about domestic violence by scheduling a Shelter speaker for your school, group, or religious organization

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