Domestic Violence Services

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

The 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.

The YWCA operates the largest emergency domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. The Weaver Domestic Violence Center recently expanded from 51-beds to 65-beds due to the growing demand for services. Click here to learn more about the 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 services include:

  •       24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline & TEXT Line
  •       Emergency shelter at the Weaver Domestic Violence Center (up to 45 days)
  •       One-on-one case management services
  •       Adult and children’s counseling
  •       Transitional housing
  •       Re-New at the YWCA
  •       Community support groups (English & Spanish)
  •       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 volunteer groups to tackle various projects at Weaver Center.  We also have opportunities for individual volunteers to provide childcare for support groups and work in our Community Market.  Contact Allison Adams via email or phone at 615-983-5144 to learn about how you can plug in.