If you need help in a violent or abusive situation, don’t wait.

If you are in need of help, there are options for you – and you don’t have to wait to get help or talk to someone about these options, at no charge.

Depending upon your situation, there may be a number of options available for help. If you or your children are in immediate danger, call 911 and seek assistance from law enforcement. If you are not in immediate danger and are interested in talking to an advocate about the options that are available, you can call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 816-232-1225 or 800-653-1477.

Our hotline is answered 24 hours a day by trained staff and volunteers. Many of our services, including professional counseling and advocacy services, are available to survivors who are not living in our shelter. We can help you create a plan for your safety even if you decide not to leave.

If you are thinking about coming to the YWCA Shelter:

We are located at the corner of 8th and Jules Streets in downtown St. Joseph (304 N. 8th Street). The YWCA Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, so there is always someone available to talk to you. If possible, we encourage you to call ahead so that we can make necessary preparations. You can call our 24-hour hotline at 816-232-1225, or 1-800-653-1477. If you can’t call, just come.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about how we can help you and your children.

If you are thinking about leaving a violent relationship, you may want to keep the following items in a safe place where they will not be found:
  • Change of clothing for you and your children
  • Money
  • Checking and savings account books
  • Birth certificates, social security cards and marriage certificates
  • Medical and other insurance cards and immunization records

If you are in immediate danger and find a chance to leave, don’t worry about these things; just leave!

24-hour hotline:
or 1-800-653-1477
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