Domestic Violence Services and Programs

Confidential Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

The YW operates two confidentially located shelters for women and children fleeing abusive homes. Counselors help these women make safety plans, obtain jobs or job training and work toward independence and self-sufficiency. The shelters serve Blount, Jefferson and St. Clair counties.

Call our 24 hour Crisis Line at 205-322-4878 or 1-800-650-6522

Court Advocacy Program

This program links a victim, whether in a shelter or still at home, with a professional advocate who provides guidance through the often-intimidating legal system. Advocates work with judges, prosecutors and police departments, and also refer appropriate batterers to counseling programs offered by other agencies. Court advocates also offer support during the PFA process.

Blount County: 205-322-8303 
St. Clair County: 205-338-8808
Jefferson County: 205-322-9922

Crisis Line 322-4878

The YW maintains a 24-hour crisis line answered by staff and volunteers trained in crisis intervention. Callers are instructed on how to plan for the safety of themselves and their children. If you would like to volunteer for our Crisis Line, please click here.

Domestic Violence Community Outreach

The YW seeks to promote awareness of domestic violence and dating violence and works in cooperation with other urban outreach organizations serving domestic violence victims.  The urban outreach education groups and information sessions at locations throughout the community as well as assisting women finding housing and temporary financial assistance due to domestic violence.  If you are interested in attending one or more of the YW’s domestic violence support group sessions or would like to arrange for a speaker for your school or special interest group, call 205.322.9922 ext. 322.

Healthy Relationships

The YWCA Central Alabama offers the Healthy Relationships Program for area middle schools and high schools in an effort to combat dating violence. Participants are given information on the warning signs of an abusive relationship and on how to end unhealthy dating relationships. 

Support Group for Victims of Domestic Violence

Support group sessions are offered once a week during the day and evenings for women who are victims of domestic violence.   Topics include self-esteem, assertiveness, characteristics of batterers, the cycle of violence and healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. If you are interested in learning more about the YW support group for domestic violence victims, click here to send an email request or call 205 322-9922.

Rural Advocacy and Outreach

The YWCA Domestic Violence Services has offices located in Blount (205-322-8303) and St. Clair (205-338-8808) counties.  These offices offer court advocacy, legal services, outreach and prevention services to victims of domestic violence, and assist isolated rural victims in accessing social services and safe housing.

Children in Crisis

Launched in September of 1994, CIC aids children and teens who have witnessed domestic violence in their homes. Weekly support groups address topics such as how to be safe in an unsafe home, self-esteem and anger management. Children and teens often model the behavior in their homes, thus the YW attempts to interrupt this learned behavior. Advocacy for children and teens is also a component of this program. To learn more send an email inquiry here or call 205-322-9922.

Legal Advocacy for Victims

The YWCA Family Law Center provides comprehensive civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. Staff attorneys provide direct representation and advocacy on issues such as divorce, child custody, housing, public benefits and immigration.  In addition to these services the YWCA's Justice on Wheels program offers legal assistance to domestic violence victims in rural areas.

Supervised Visitation

The YWCA provides supervised visitation and exchange to victims of domestic violence, their children and family members by providing an emotionally and physically safe environment where children may visit with their noncustodial parent. During the visitation, the noncustodial parents visit with their children in the presence of a visitation monitor who is responsible for observing and ensuring the safety of those involved.