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YWCA Domestic Violence Services

When you get to a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a moment longer, never give up then - for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
                             -Harriet Beecher Stowe

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that can include willful intimidation, battery, and physical or sexual assault perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Anyone can be abused, regardless of age, gender, ethnic group, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, income level, job skills, or level of formal education. Batterers may be spouses, ex-spouses, partners, or casual dates. Domestic violence varies in intensity from one person to the next, and occurs when one person in a relationship attempts to gain power, domination and control over another using abusive tactics.

Violence is often cyclical and repeated across generations. Therefore, any approach to ending the epidemic of abuse in our society requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses both prevention and intervention. To learn more about the broad spectrum of services developed by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati as part of a coordinated community response to violence, click here.  

Domestic Violence Shelter and Crisis Hotline

The YWCA provides safe protective shelter, crisis line assistance, and necessary supportive services for battered women and their children to move them toward self-sufficiency, independence and freedom from abuse.

YWCA hotline advocates can provide: peer counseling and moral support, assistance with creating a safety plan and determining if shelter is appropriate for you, and information about restraining orders.

Hamilton County - YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter

YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline:
Local (513) 872-9259
TOLL-FREE (888) 872-9259

24 Hour Hotline Assistance
TTY Accessible

Shelter Living Room Area

  • Only domestic violence shelter in Hamilton County
  • Shelters up to 72 women and children
  • Case management, advocacy and referral
  • 24 hour crisis hotline including TTY services and an International Language Line
  • Services for immigrant women
  • Employment Resource Program
  • Children's Program 
  • Pet protection services 
  • Shelter Bedroom

    Children's Play Area

    Battered Women's Shelter Dining Area

    Eastern Area - YWCA House of Peace Shelter

    YWCA Eastern Area Domestic Violence Hotline:
    Toll Free (800) 540-4764
    Local (513) 753-7281
    24 Hour Hotline Assistance
    TTY Accessible

    • Only domestic violence shelter in Clermont County, also serves Adams and Brown Counties
    • Case management, advocacy, and referral
    • Shelters up to 16 women and children
    • 24 hour crisis hotline including TTY services and an International Language Line 
    • Children's Program
    • Community outreach
    • Sexual assault services for Adams and Brown counties
    • Pet protection services
    • Aftercare services

    My Family Tree  

    Drawing by child shelter resident 



    Transitional Housing

    Additionally, the YWCA offers short and long-term housing and support for women and their children who have moved beyond an emergency phase and are making the transition to independent living. Transitional housing and services are available for clients leaving the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and the YWCA House of Peace.

    Hamilton County:

    • 29 furnished and unfurnished apartments for women and children for 6-24 months
    • Advocacy and case management
    • Employment Resource Program
    • Support and aftercare services
    • Children's Program

    Clermont County:

    • Apartments for women and children for one year
    • Advocacy, Case Management and Court Advocacy
    • Support and Aftercare Services
    • Support with child development, healthy discipline and creating a healthy home 

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     Get Help Now

    Hamilton County Hotline:
    Local: 513-872-9259
    Toll-free: 1-888-872-9259

    Hotline for Brown, Clermont, & Adams Counties:
    Local: 513-753-7281
    Toll-free: 1-800-540-4764 

     If you are in immediate danger from your abuser, call 911.

      Always Remember

     Abuse is never your fault. You have a right to feel safe in your relationship, and you deserve to live your life free from abuse. The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati can help.

    Abuse Hurts Everyone

     Learn more about the dynamics of domestic violence and how it affects different populations, including warning signs of abuse and how you can help, by clicking here.

    Did You Know

    -85% of domestic violence victims are women.

    -One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 

    -From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

    Internet Safety

    Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear all website footprints. If you are at a computer that your abuser cannot access directly or remotely, click here for more information about internet and computer safety.   

     Get the Facts

     Read the YWCA Fact Sheet to learn more about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the YWCA's position on anti-violence policy and legislation. 

     Julie Martin 

    YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
     website@ywcacin.org • Phone: 513-241-7090 • Fax: 513-241-7231
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