Domestic Violence Resources / Posted 12 months ago / 520 views
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The YWCA Children’s Program believes that it is of vital importance to provide traumatized children with sustained support in order to minimize the impact of trauma on development. This includes fostering relationships and maximizing each child’s potential to thrive. The program is focused on early intervention with the goal of decreasing the likelihood that they enter into domestic violence relationships as adults.
The Children’s Program provides basic family support services, including respite care, resource referrals, tangible needs; family activities; curriculum-based art and recreation activities, including groups for infants and toddlers, a preschool activity group, and programming for school-aged children; and therapeutic intervention provided by a licensed therapist.
YWCA’s resource center offers drop-in, on-site crisis intervention and referral services for community members experiencing domestic violence. Call-in clients and clients without an appointment receive assistance with referrals to programs at the YWCA, community resources and tangible needs like toiletries and Orca cards.
Call our Community Advocate at 253-272-4181 ext. 222.
Monday- Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Looking for immediate resources?
YWCA Pierce County opened the first domestic violence shelter in our state in 1976. Since that time, we continue to offer safe and confidential temporary housing to survivors and their children fleeing an immediately dangerous situation due to domestic violence. Shelter is up to 90 days and includes basic needs, support services, and 24-hour advocacy.
Our emergency safe shelter is made up of individual apartment units where each family can heal in beautiful, welcoming spaces that offer privacy within our secure facility. With private kitchens and bathrooms in each unit, there is space for parents and their children to heal and thrive. All survivors are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, religion or sexual orientation.
PETS ARE FAMILY TOO
YWCA is the only shelter in Pierce County, and one of very few across the country, that allows families to bring their pets to shelter with them. We help families meet all the needs of their furry family members including: food, veterinarian care, grooming and pet deposits for families as they move into new homes, and more.
Between 25% and 45% of domestic violence victims don’t leave their abusers out of fear for their pet’s lives
(American Humane Association)
The YWCA Housing Program is a housing program with supportive services intended to promote healing, and achieve economic and personal self-sufficiency. Leaving an abusive relationship means sudden homelessness for many domestic violence survivors and their children, which takes time to overcome.
In partnership with the Pierce County Housing Authority, YWCA offers long-term affordable housing and time to rebuild self-sufficiency. The YWCA housing program provides a wide range of flexible and individualized services that reflect the differences and specific needs of survivors and their dependent children, with a focus on self-determination and supporting each person to choose the course of action is best for their family. Participants set specific goals to meet individual family needs while benefiting from ongoing support and connection to resources that build long-term self-sufficiency. The housing program offers services such as safety planning, advocacy, case management, and referrals for counseling, employment, child care, legal assistance, support groups, and more.
If you are in need of emergency shelter please contact the YWCA’s 24-hour hotline at 253-383-2593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information or questions regarding housing please contact:
Housing Program Manager
Our support groups are weekly facilitated psycho-educational groups for survivors of domestic violence. They offer healing, education, and peer support. Developing a positive support network is a key step in the healing process. Participants explore relationship dynamics, dealing with grief and loss, establishing healthy relationships, and rebuilding self-esteem. Insights Support Groups are offered to shelter residents and community members after an intake process evaluating their needs. Group activities include therapeutic activities such as art, meditation, and other healing components. Groups sessions are confidential; participants may be just beginning to realize their current relationship is controlling or abusive, or they may be out of the abusive relationship for a long period of time, but are just now ready to address the impact of that abuse. Those interested in learning more about the group are encouraged to call with questions or to get additional information.
*Please note that all programs and services require an intake.
To schedule an intake: Call our Community Advocate at 253-272-4181 ext. 222
Mondays-11:00 am to 12:30 pm. NOTE: There is not programming for children for this group.
Wednesdays-5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
NOTE: Programming for children is available for this group; parenting participants who plan to bring children should arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to their first session to complete the children’s program paperwork.
YWCA Legal Service Line: (253) 365-6352 *
Our team of legal advocates and attorneys provide free civil legal advocacy, representation, and referral to survivors of domestic violence with civil legal issues in Pierce County. This combination of services increases victims’ chances of permanently and safely ending their domestic violence relationship and establishing lives free of violence.
YWCA Pierce County’s Legal program is able to help individuals experiencing domestic violence with a wide variety of related legal issues including:
• Divorce/Legal Separation
• Child Custody/Parenting Plans
• Child Support
• Spousal Maintenance
• Address Confidentiality Program
• Protection Orders
Unfortunately, we cannot assist with the following types of legal issues:
• Third Party Custody
• Dependency/CPS cases
• Tax Issues
• Criminal Defense
• Small Claims Court
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am interested in services, how do I start?
What does it mean to work with a legal advocate?
Legal Advocates can:
• Help you understand your legal options
• Help you determine your next legal step
• Provide documents relevant to the legal action you decide to take
• Assist you in understanding how to navigate the legal system
• Provide limited court support
• Help you obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to represent yourself
Legal Advocates cannot:
• Give legal advice
• Do your paperwork for you
• Speak for you in court
Can you provide me a free attorney?
Is there a charge for any of your services?
Do I need an appointment?
What should I bring to my appointment?
• Financial documentation (paystubs, tax returns, DSHS award letters)
• Information about property and debts
• Documentation of domestic violence if available (photos, police reports, medical records, statements) – please note we understand that there is not always documentation of DV
• Documentation of concerns you may have for the other parent (for family law cases)
What if my case is not in Pierce County – can you still help me?
Pierce County Court Facilitator 253-798-3627
Washington State Law Help (information only, no direct services)
Tacoma Community House 253-383-3951
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Phone: 206-587-4009/ Toll Free: 800-445-5771
Washington Court Forms (print off pattern court forms for your case)
*You must complete an intake prior to receiving any services, including filing a protection order. Please call YWCA Pierce County’s Legal line at (253) 365-6352 between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday to complete an intake and schedule an appointment.
Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner. Dating violence and sexual assault disproportionately affect teens and young adults, and abusers can be male or female. Hundreds of thousands of young people are experiencing dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking every year.
One out of three teenagers reported being in an abusive or unhealthy relationship and dating violence has shown to have long-term consequences for teens in abusive relationships. Some feelings of jealousy can be normal and healthy in a relationship but irrational jealousy, constant put-downs, monitoring of social media and technology and physical abuse are all signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Everyone deserves a healthy relationship and healthy love. YWCA Pierce County is here to help teens and young adults understand these behaviors and create a plan to ensure their safety in a relationship.
Talk to YWCA’s Youth Advocate
253.272.4181 ext. 269
Teen Domestic Violence Prevention Resources
YWCA Services available for teen clients*
*Please note that all YWCA resources and programs are available for any clients, the following resources are highlighted as they are more generally geared towards resources needed by our teen clients.
Community Advocate Resource Center
Community advocate support is available by phone or in person without an appointment 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday-Friday as advocates are available.
Advocates discuss options specific to each person’s situation through safety planning, resource information and referrals.
This is the only service that does not require an initial phone call or intake interview.
Our legal team of legal advocates and an attorney provide free legal assistance for various legal circumstances, including but not limited to; protection orders, civil legal counsel and criminal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence throughout greater Pierce County.
YWCA Children’s Program directly addresses the multiple impacts that experiencing or witnessing domestic violence have on children and teens.
Services include respite care, individual or parent/child therapy, therapeutic and skill-building groups, and connection to other community resources.
Understanding the root causes of domestic violence and the components of healthy relationships is the goal of our education program.
We provide information on Teen Dating Violence Prevention to local schools and community groups, as well as basic information on domestic violence and the power and control that fuels abusive relationships.
Wondering if your relationship is healthy? Take this quiz to learn more.
Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 562-6025
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 or 800-787-3224
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: (866) 331-9474 or (866) 331-8453
Protection Order Notification: (877) 242-4055
(Washington) Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification: (877) 846-3492
Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County: (800) 756-7273 or (253) 474-7273
If you aren’t ready to reach out and speak to someone, but are starting to think about leaving, consult this sample safety plan. Developing a plan to escape a violent relationship increases your chances of doing so safely.