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The YWCA Greater Memphis is the primary provider of domestic violence services in West Tennessee.

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 affects and costs everyone:

  • Last year domestic violence incidents increased 4.7% in Memphis and 2.7% in Shelby County.
  • Almost half of law enforcement calls are related to domestic violence.
  • 70% of inmates were exposed to domestic violence as a child.
  • Domestic violence affects all ages, races, gender and income levels.

We are the only 24 hour, emergency domestic violence shelter in Shelby County.  Through shelter, education and advocacy we are working everyday to reverse this cycle.

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 1-901-725-4277.

We provide the following services to help victims become safe and self-sufficient:

  •       24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline
  •       Emergency shelter
  •       One-on-one case management services
  •       Adult and children’s counseling
  •       Legal referral services
  •       Financial literacy education
  •       Career counseling

We also provide training to help individuals and employers spot the signs of abuse and what to do if you suspect someone is in an abusive situation.

Our advocates visit schools and other organizations to promote healthy relationships help young people build the skills they need and to treat each other with respect.

We partner with leaders and organizations to help men build skills to prevent gender harassment and  mentor young men into healthy masculinity.

Domestic Violence Information