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 We pledge to keep pets and their owners TOGETHER! 

Tragically, pets aren't immune to domestic violence.  Abusers often threaten, injure or kill their partners' or children's beloved pets as a means of control or revenge.  Victims understand the harm that abusers may inflict upon their pets, so many hesitate to leave violent relationships out of concern for their beloved pets' safety.Additionally, children often experience trauma when separated from pets, which are often the only stable source of emotional attachment in a child's life.

When victims of domestic violence escape abusive homes, they're faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves, their children and their pets.  Sadly, only a small number of shelters house companion animals.  We recognize that pets are a vital part of the family and pledge to keep pets and their owners together.  Click HERE to learn how! 

Thank You  for Making "Inspiring Stories, Transforming Lives" Such a Wonderful Event! 


Domestic violence knows no boundaries - socioeconomic, race, religion, or gender.  That message was driven home by Audrey Mabrey  at "Inspiring Stories, Transforming Lives".  Having survived one of the most heinous cases of domestic violence in the U.S., she shared her story of triumph, forgiveness, and the importance of community.  Read more here!

Interested in Making a Real Difference in the Lives of Women and Children Survivors of Domestic Violence?  Join Our Counseling Team!  

The YWCA is currently recruiting bilingual/bicultural therapy interns and associate social workers to provide trauma-informed bilingual (Spanish) pre-licensed marriage and family counseling services to women and children survivors of domestic violence and victims of crime.We offer group clinical supervision, training, very flexible hours and a positive team-oriented work culture.  Learn more here.

Spread Love This Holiday Season with Our Adopt a Family Program!

Spread joy this holiday season to women and children survivors of domestic violence with our Adopt a Family program! This heartfelt tradition brings smiles and makes our clients feel loved during a time of uncertainty. Anyone can participate in this joyous and gratifying event by sponsoring a family. To learn how to Adopt a Family, click here.

The Spirit of Giving is contagious and we want to encourage you to make a difference in the lives of women and children this holiday season. To sponsor a a family, fill out this form. You can drop off or mail the form to our Salinas office or email it to

 For questions, please contact Chelsea at (831) 422-8602. 

YWCA Monterey County to Host Maria Gitin, Author of This Bright Light of Ours, First in Four-Part Racial Justice Speaker Series

Join us on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Irvine Hall on the MIIS campus, located at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.  Local author Maria Gitin will discuss her experiences as a grassroots activist in rural Alabama during the Voting Rights Summer of 1965. Please save the date for this exciting event! Learn more here.  


K-Mozart Helps Domestic Violence Survivors Connect with YWCA Services Through PSA Donation

K-Mozart 95.1/95.9, the Central Coast's only classical music radio station, has generously donated four weeks of PSA airtime to the YWCA Monterey County. Reaching thousands of Monterey County listeners daily, this greatly appreciated service will allow us to connect with many survivors of domestic violence find the safe, confidential services she needs to keep her and her children safe and free of violence. Thank you so much, K-Mozart, for caring about some of Monterey County's most vulnerable residents - women and children survivors of domestic violence.  Listen to the PSA here.


YWCA Monterey County • 236 Monterey Street • Salinas, CA 93901
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