YWCA South Hampton Roads was founded in 1911 and formally incorporated in 1917, and is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the region. During our first 100 years of service to the community, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads served over a quarter of a million women and children in the region. Over the years, our organization has expanded its programs to meet the changing needs of individuals and families living in our communities.
- Coordinated Crisis Response, a program offering a 24/7 hotline that provides violence survivors with access to trained crisis counselors, emergency shelter placement, and victim advocacy.
- Emergency Shelter and Housing Programs for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
- Crisis Counseling, a program that offers comprehensive mental health services to survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
- Victim Advocacy and medical/court accompaniment.
- Out-of-School Time Program, a program providing developmental activities for children ages 3 to 12 years. OTS Programs are available in four elementary schools in Norfolk including Oceanair, Mary Calcott, Ocean View, and Tanners Creek.
- TCC Child Development Center, a program providing high quality, affordable early childcare for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years on each of the four TCC Campus’.
- Emergency shelter to 254 individuals (adults and children)
- 5,684 hours of services to emergency shelter clients
- PERK/Hospital Accompaniment services to 252 clients
- Answered 2,970 domestic violence and 432 sexual violence hotline calls
- Legal advocacy to 963 clients and assisted in gaining protective orders for 298 clients
- Individual counseling sessions to 1,608 clients
- Group counseling sessions to 397 clients
- 3,031 hours if total counseling services
- Housing program services to 126 clients
- Low-cost childcare to 388 children in the South Hampton Roads community
The YWCA of South Hampton Roads addresses one of the darkest secrets of American society - domestic violence. No one wants to talk about it, but it is a frightening reality for women, and even men. If you think it doesn’t happen to anyone that you know, think again. According to the National Center Against Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. That is more than 10 million individuals who suffer from abuse each year! Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The sobering statistics above depict domestic violence in the United States as the epidemic that it truly is. You may be wondering what you can do to end domestic violence. Start here, start now. Please choose to be part of the solution and help end domestic violence in our community!