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gwendolyn turnerGwendolyn Turner

New Shelter Coordinator, effective Nov 1

As an advocate and a true champion in the push to end domestic violence, Gwendolyn Turner, a bold and beautiful survivor is on assignment to lead victims to a place of healing. Her proven methods to equip, educate, empower and encourage continues to touch hearts and impact lives.

Her message of empowerment stems from years of involvement with victims, families and criminal justice professionals.  Her own experience of survival is the platform that she uses to increase awareness.  Having endured over twenty years of physical, emotional, verbal, mental, and sexual abuse, Gwendolyn stands to proclaim that her life’s misery has become her mission and ministry.

Professionally, she has assumed many roles in the field of domestic violence through involvement with the Emotional Fitness Center of Tennessee, the YWCA of Memphis, the Family Safety Center, domestic violence court advocate for the Crime Victims/ Rape Crisis Center and currently employed as a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the District Attorney office while serving as a board member for the Domestic Violence council of Memphis and Shelby County.

Gwendolyn launched a foundation that will implement effective programs and initiatives to support victims of abuse. Her current project is Corinthian Hope House, a resource center and transitional resource for victims and children of domestic abuse.

Because of her commitment to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, Gwen uses her testimony of strength to help others realize that domestic violence is not who you are, but what you have gone through. She is currently enrolled at MCUTS/Union University with a 4.0 grade point average, pursuing a degree in Social Work and Christian Counseling.

Gwen not only advocates against domestic violence in works and deeds, but through works at her church, New Friendship Missionary Church and musically she proclaims victory being a proud founding member of the national recording artists Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith. Her most paramount declaration of faith is being a poster child for the Biblical scripture, Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years……sown in tears….

YWCA Greater Memphis would like to express the appreciation to all those that continue to support and donate to our mission!

YWCA Greater Memphis is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

For over 100 years, we have helped women, girls, and families in West Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. We do this by operating the only 24-hour emergency shelter for those impacted by domestic violence in Shelby County. We also offer job training and financial literacy programs which help break the cycle of poverty. Our programs impact thousands each year.


If you are in danger, need to speak with an advocate, or have general questions about domestic violence, please call the YWCA’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline:


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