The YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter (DVS) offer educational support groups for shelter and community residents.

Topics include:

  • red flags
  • types and characteristics of abuse
  • the cycle of abuse
  • equality
  • power and control
  • understanding family dynamics
  • effects of DV on children
  • setting healthy boundaries
  • self esteem
  • assertiveness
  • changing patterns of negative behavior
  • financial empowerment

DV Economic Empowerment/Individual Development Account (IDA)

Economic Empowerment Support Groups educate participants on issues around finances, financial abuse, how to set financial goals and plan for a greater sense of financial stability and self-sufficiency. The groups cover topics such as seeking employment, access to jobs and employment success, managing money, budgeting, shopping on a “shoe-string” and budgeting, bank accounts, etc.

We collaborate with Glass City Federal Credit Union, coordinating the establishment of IDA accounts. Participants choose a goal and use the IDA account to save money towards meeting that goal. The money survivors put into the account is matched 2:1, i.e. when a participant deposit $25 it’s matched with $50, or $50 it’s matched with $100 etc.

The group is open to any survivor of domestic violence.

DV Support Group for Shelter Residents

  • Thursdays: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Groups meet weekly for 2.0 hours
  • Self and agency referrals accepted

This group is open to shelter residents only.

Community DV Support Group

  • Wednesdays: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Groups meet weekly for 1.5 hours
  • 18 and over
  • Self and agency referrals accepted

This group is open any survivor of domestic violence.

For more information:

Call (419) 241-7386 or toll free at (888) 557-7273 for additional information and a schedule of available sessions