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Domestic Violence

The YWCA Dayton operates Montgomery County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. In addition, we co-sponsor and staff the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline. Our confidential services are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, free of charge to victims, their friends and family members, and other professionals.

You have a right to be safe. If you need us, we’re here.

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline          937-222-SAFE
Domestic Violence Hotline TTY               937-461-7910
Emergency Police/Fire                           911
Montgomery County Sheriff                     937-225-4357
Dayton Police Department                      937-333-2677
Ohio Domestic Violence Hotline              800-934-9840
National Domestic Violence Hotline         800-799-SAFE

Shelter services are available for pregnant or parenting teen girls, ages 18-19, who need a safe place for themselves and their children.

Services Provided

Our shelter provides a full range of services to help women on the road to self-sufficiency. These services include crisis intervention, case management, individual advocacy, individual and group counseling, support and educational groups, goal planning, referrals, children’s programs and basic material needs.


The HomeShare program provides transitional/supportive housing and social services to homeless women and their children while they gain training and education toward self-sufficiency. The HomeShare program is much more than temporary shelter. Those accepted into the program must be willing to work hard toward goals and accomplishments that will improve their ability to gain living wage employment. These goals may include attending college or training and/or apprenticeship programs.

Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

The SRO program provides permanent housing and social services to single women while they gain employment and build toward self-sufficiency. Permanent housing is provided depending on a woman’s need and eligibility for rental subsidy.

All of the above programs are designed for women ready for the next steps of their transition toward a safe, secure future and living wage income. It is a bridge over the complex barriers of poverty, lack of training, and isolation. It’s women helping other women aided by professional staff and volunteer mentors.

The YWCA Dayton Shelter and Housing Network

Shelter and housing for women has been integral to the YWCA Dayton mission since its founding in 1870.

Operating Montgomery County’s only Domestic Violence Shelter since 1977, the YWCA Dayton is known for emergency response to women and children in need of safety. It serves over 400 women and children annually and several hundred more are receiving post-shelter follow-up services from our HouseKeys Program.

Times change; resources and public policy shift. It is more difficult for women in transition to find affordable permanent housing, especially when they are still working to develop skills needed to earn a living wage. Skills development takes time. To achieve our mission and promote lasting change for our clients, the YWCA Dayton is now developing scattered site homes where women are working to achieve a new, violence free life; can live peacefully and economically while completing their educational goals or job training.

For more information on any of these programs, please call us at (937)461-5550.

YWCA Dayton • 141 West 3rd Street • Dayton, OH 45402
 • Phone: 937-461-5550 • Fax: 937-222-0610
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