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 is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Please view the activities happening in our community on our Events page.

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.

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.

Victim Care Kits

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, we are starting to collect items to go into victim care kits that will be handed out to sexual assault victims in the ER.  Any of the following items can be dropped off at the YWCA or at The Griffey School for the Arts.

Basic hygiene items (they can be purchased from the travel toiletry section)
-hair brush/comb
-lotion or body spray
-hair ties
-please note, they have plenty of soap bars on hand
-non-perishable snacks/chocolate (granola bar, crackers, etc.)
-Sweatpants, sports bras and socks of all sizes are needed.
-Something personal like a handwritten note, a card, a quote, a journal and pen, crayons/adult coloring pages…

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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