Domestic Violence Services

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Fulfilling our mission of empowering women, YWCA is the primary provider of domestic violence services in the region.

YWCA empowers domestic violence survivors to take control of their lives, while offering them safety and the resources to ensure their self-sufficiency. Domestic violence is any pattern of behaviors that attempts to control and intimidate a partner or family member through fear, manipulation, isolation, financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or verbal abuse. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It cuts across all ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. For additional information on the crisis of DV, visit this section of our website.

YWCA is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state of Tennessee. YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center is a 65-bed emergency shelter in an undisclosed location in Nashville. A state-of-the-art pet shelter opened on the grounds of the Weaver Center in early 2021. Learn more about this life-saving project – Abbie’s Safe Home – here.

Click here to learn more about Weaver Center from this news article by Landon Woodroof.

If you are in danger, need to speak with an advocate, have general questions about domestic violence or a specific situation you would like to talk through, please call the YWCA’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline at 1-800-334-4628 or TEXT 615-983-5170.

Our life-saving and life-changing trauma-informed services include:

  •       24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline & TEXT Line
  •       Emergency shelter at Weaver Domestic Violence Center 
  •       Pet Shelter
  •       One-on-one case management services
  •       Adult and children’s counseling
  •      Strengthening Families Program (TANF grant)
  •      Support to residents with accessing Nashville/Davidson County’s Coordinated Entry System. Click here to download information. 
  •       Re-New at the YWCA
  •       Community education & outreach
  •       Financial literacy education
  •       Career counseling
The YWCA was there for me when I had nowhere to turn. I was running away and hiding from my husband. I had been sleeping on church floors with my children when I found the YWCA. They took us in and saved our lives. The most important thing was the therapy for the children. They are healthy and thriving today. I’m so grateful for everything they did for us. They make miracles every day.
Elia T., Domestic Violence Survivor

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How You Can Help

Every dollar helps.
Running the largest domestic violence shelter in Tennessee in addition to providing comprehensive resources for survivors costs several million dollars per year. With your support, we continue to provide the highest quality services to our community and can reach more individuals in crisis. Donate now.

Interested in volunteering?
We rely on small groups of volunteers to tackle various projects at Weaver Center.  We also have opportunities for individual volunteers to work in our community market – The She Shed.  Contact Allison Adams via email to learn about how you can plug in.