Victim Services as a core program of the YWCA is about compassion, help and hope. Some who reach out for help are victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence or emotional abuse. Many have children who are also victims. Many others have become homeless, which is often connected to living in an environment of abuse, and they need help transitioning to a new start.


April 6th is Start by Believing Day in St. Joseph, Mo., a day set aside by Mayor Bill Falkner in an official Proclamation to increase awareness and healing toward victims of sexual violence. Please view and share the Proclamation today.


December 19th – 21st: YWCA Christmas Store: a special store for women and children living at the YWCA Shelter. Are you looking for ways to give back this Christmas season? Help with our Christmas Store by volunteering and/or donating items. Our families staying in shelter get their Christmas from the YWCA donations; they are not adopted through other agencies.

Volunteering: Volunteers set up a Christmas store on December 18th and our mothers shop and wrap for their kids from the 19th-21st. Volunteers are needed December 18th from 1-4 to set up the store. Volunteers are needed December 19-21st 9-2 to be shopping/wrapping assistants for the store.

Donation items: Gifts need to be unwrapped and new. The children can be 0-18 years old and living with mom. If possible, have items delivered by December 17th. If you have questions, please call 232-4481.

Pajamas (adult and children sizes)
Shampoo and conditioner
Curling iron/straightener
Shower gel (men/women)
Deodorant (men/women)
Alarm clocks
Lip balm
Bus Passes
Perfume, lotions, etc.
Flash lights
Children’s toys (new and unwrapped)
Night lights
Hot wheels
Pay-as-you-go phones and phone cards
Gifts for teen children (girls and boys)
Movie passes/gift cards
Winter clothes


Victim Services consists of the Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children, Rape Crisis program, professional counseling for victims, and the Bliss Manor Housing Program. If you are a victim in need of immediate assistance, call our 24-hour hotline at 816-232-1225 or 1-800-653-1477.

Many victims come to our shelter after accessing our 24-hour crisis hotline, staffed by trained Shelter employees. Once the victim begins staying at the Shelter, we provide case management and personal advocacy, court advocacy, specialized children’s programs, support groups, life-skills groups, referrals to other services, and individual therapy – all at no charge. Victims who choose not to stay at the Shelter, or have moved from the Shelter into other housing, are also welcome to access our support groups and individual therapy services at no charge.

View the Victim Services Brochure to better understand how we can help.

Want to know more about how we help women? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Did you know?

1. 225 women and 188 children were sheltered for an average of 46 people per day (102% occupancy).
2. 134 support and education group sessions were held for adults and 132 for children.
3. 2,054 hours of case management were provided.
4. 78% of women improved their safety strategies knowledge.
5. 1,354 professional counseling sessions were provided to 217 individuals.
6. 56 sexual assault victims were assisted through 519 hours of advocacy.

“I am grateful there are places and people available for those in need.
~ YWCA Client
“I was very comfortable here. I did not have to look over my shoulder and be afraid of being attacked.”
~ YWCA Client
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