about the ywca of greater flint
March 4, 2011
For over 100 years, the YWCA of Greater Flint has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership, and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history. The YWCA of Greater Flint is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
The YWCA is committed to creating a more just society by providing services targeted to those who have been historically left out of the loop of power and advantage – women, children, and people of color. Today, the YWCA is hard at work reaching out to families who are seeking solutions to abusive situations through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services program and partnering with those individuals and organizations who are committed to dismantling systems of racism and sexism in Genesee County.
All services provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are offered free of charge and are confidential.
domestic violence and sexual assault services
At the core of the YWCA of Greater Flint’s programming lies the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) program. Designed to provide survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with the support needed to achieve safety and self-sufficiency, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services seeks to empower survivors to achieve self-directed goals. The YWCA provides a vast amount of services to assist those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
crisis line and emergency response
The DVSAS program operates a 24-hour crisis line. The Crisis Line provides trained staff and volunteers who are able to answer questions, provide information and referrals, assist survivors in accessing other YWCA services, and begin the intake process for SafeHouse emergency shelter for those requiring safe shelter.
Emergency Response services are available for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, with specially trained staff and volunteers available to meet with survivors at local hospitals and police stations. Advocates are available on-call 24 hours a day to provide emotional support to survivors during medical examinations, explain evidence collection and criminal justice processes, and provide referrals as needed.
safehouse emergency shelter
The YWCA SafeHouse provides safe, temporary shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their minor children. SafeHouse is located in a secure site, with easy access to public transportation and community resources.
In addition to emergency housing, clothing, and food, services available while at SafeHouse includes: legal advocacy, on-site child care, emergency response and crisis intervention, crisis counseling and support groups, referrals to community resources, personal advocacy, children’s counseling and activities.
crisis counseling and support groups
Crisis counseling and support groups are designed to provide survivors with the tools to empower themselves to increase their safety and lead lives free from violence.
Crisis counseling for individuals, with counselors trained to provide crisis intervention and supportive services is available. Counselors may assist with safety planning, provide assistance in accessing community resources, engage in the development of survival strategies, and offer other support based on the needs of the survivor. Counseling services are also available for non-offending family and friends of survivors, in an effort to assist these individuals.
Many survivors have found that they were helped the most by learning that they are not alone in their experiences. The YWCA offers on-going support groups for survivors of domestic violence an sexual assault, where they can address their feelings and learn from and with others who have gone through similar situations.
Survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault may become involved in the criminal justice system, or with the family law court in divorce or custody matters, child protection proceedings, or personal protection order cases. The legal system can be difficult to understand and can feel threatening and unfriendly at times. The DVSAS program offers Legal Advocacy to help survivors navigate the legal system. While the YWCA Legal Advocates are not attorneys and cannot represent survivors in court or provide legal advice, they are available to provide the following services:
- Information about the criminal justice system
- Assistance with applying for Crime Victims Compensation
- Assistance with preparing, filing, serving, and maintaining personal protection orders
- Do-it-yourself divorce workshops for survivors
- Referrals to attorneys for direct legal representation
- Advocacy and communication on behalf of survivors
- Accompaniment and support at court
- Emergency 911 cell phones
- Connection with interpreter services
fee-based services for perpetrators of violence
domestic violence intervention program
When someone engages in a pattern of force, threats, and other abusive tactics against a current or former intimate partner in order to control them, they are a perpetrator of domestic violence, sometimes referred to as an abuser or batterer. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is designed to help batterers learn alternative methods of communication in relationships. Participants are most often court-ordered to attend, although some enroll and participate voluntarily. The DVIP is a 26-week course, with separate sessions available for men and women.
anger control education
Anger Control Education (ACE) is a 15-session program designed for people who have used violence or are at risk of using violence in incidences against non-intimate acquaintances or strangers (bar fights, road rage, etc). This program provides participants with the opportunity to learn how to identify when they are becoming angry, and to develop skills to resolve anger and conflict nonviolently.
Participants in DVIP or ACE pay a fee at the time of the intake assessment and at each weekly session. There is a sliding scale for those who demonstrate a substantial financial need. For more information about these fee-based programs for perpetrators of violence, call 810-238-7621 ext. 309.
YWCA of Greater Flint
310 E. Third Street
Flint, MI 48502