Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

YWCA of Northwest Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): OH

Grantee Agency: YWCA of Northwest Ohio

Subgrantee Agency: YWCA of Northwest Ohio

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2014/23498

About the Program:

For more than 37 years, the YWCA emergency domestic violence shelter in Lucas County, Ohio, has provided refuge for women who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Every month, the shelter sees about 30 walk-ins, answers about 80-85 crisis calls, and completes about 12 to 15 face-to-face assessments, which includes everything from immediate medical care to safety planning. Most of the time, clients come into the shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs, so some services provided by staff are simply basic needs. Staff provides food, clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and other basic necessities.

Other services offered at the shelter include assisting with the application process for benefits from agencies, such as Jobs and Family Services to Social Security. Additionally, the shelter provides children’s assessments and programming, education, community awareness, court advocacy and assistance with protection orders, transportation, support groups, and a safe space for endangered pets.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance supports the domestic violence shelter through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Since 2014, the shelter has received $23,000 annually from JAG.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

For Nora, a 34-year-old single mother of two, the staff at the shelter not only helped her to find safe housing, but ultimately helped her to break free from domestic violence.

Nora, whose name was changed for this story to protect her identity, was in an abusive relationship with a man who was not her children’s father. With no place to go and no family or friends to support her locally, Nora came to the shelter.

When she arrived at the shelter, children’s services temporarily removed her two children from her custody. But while working with staff at the shelter, she gained a local support system and an ally in regaining custody of her children, which she ultimately did.

Nora met regularly with her case manager, a child advocate, and a housing specialist. Later, she was connected with Lutheran Social Services for housing and was able to gain the necessary documents for permanent housing.

According to staff at the shelter, Nora’s determination and strength made a significant difference in helping her with accomplishing her goals and breaking free from domestic violence. Without the funding from JAG and her housing assistance, this process would have been much more difficult, if not impossible for her to achieve.

See our feature story on the YWCA of Northwest Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter to learn more.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Jan Bruggeman
DVS Director


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