Domestic Violence/Rape and Sexual Assault

Computer Safety

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Domestic Violence

The YWCA of Niagara has a 24 hour helpline that is answered by trained staff providing an immediate response to victims of domestic violence.  To reach our helpline, please reach out and call us at (716) 433.6716.  If you would rather TEXT us please send your text to (716) 870-9726.

Alternatives to Domestic Violence provides the following services: 

Domestic Violence Brochure

Adult Counseling Program

Provides information on the dynamics of domestic violence and abusive relationships, identifies options, develops safety plans, and offers emotional support.

Lockport City Court Advocacy 

To provide comprehensive assistance to domestic violence victims, including counseling, court accompaniment and referrals to outside agencies, a YWCA Domestic Violence Victim’s advocate is stationed within the Lockport Police Department.  To schedule an appointment with the advocate, contact 716-439-6630.

Educational Support Group

Helps women understand the dynamics of domestic violence in an emotionally supportive environment. Childcare is available.

Safe Dwelling

A residential program that provides temporary, safe shelter to female victims of domestic violence and their children.  For more information and pictures of our safe space, please follow this link.

Transitional Housing

A supportive program that provides the second stage of housing after the crisis shelter.

Community Outreach

Speakers are available for education and awareness training to community organizations and general audiences.

Advocacy Program

Provides assistance in securing rights and obtaining services from other agencies.

Children’s Counseling Group

An 18-week therapeutic program that addresses the effects of family abuse on children.

Educational Outreach

Age appropriate curriculum on domestic and dating violence, as well as anger management for grades 3 through 12.

Rape and Sexual Assault

Crisis Hotline 

The YWCA of Niagara offers a 24 hour crisis hotline that is answered by trained staff providing an immediate response to rape and sexual assault victims. To reach our crisis hotline, please call (716) 433-6716. If you would rather TEXT us please send your text to (716) 870-9726.

Rape Crisis Brochure

Confidential Advocates 

The YWCA provides confidential advocacy for rape and sexual assault victims. From the moment a call is received on the crisis hotline, a trained advocate is notified and will respond to the victim within minutes of the call. An advocate will accompany a sexual assault victim to the emergency room for a forensic rape exam, assist them through the criminal investigation process and be available for crisis counseling on an ongoing basis.

Community Outreach 

Speakers are available for education and awareness training to community organizations and general audiences.

Educational Outreach 

Age appropriate curriculum on rape and sexual assault prevention is available for middle school, high school and university audiences.

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