The YWCA of Central Virginia was established in 1912. Our largest program is the YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center (DVPC), which provides safe refuge for women and children escaping violent homes through our two Shelters. The Phyllis Wheatley shelter has been housing the DVPC since 1978 and Frannie's House opened in 2010 in Altavista. Every year, the DVPC houses approximately 250 women and children (and men), and served over 10,000 individuals (women, men and children). Services include:
Emergency Shelters and Food
24-hour staff on-site & 24-hour hotline
Support groups open to the public
Case management and court advocacy for victims
Community education and awareness through presentations and brochures
Children’s Supervised Visitation Center at the Town Center.
Advocate located in Danville serving City and Pittsylvania County.
The Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP) exists to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are provided the opportunity and means with which to recover from physical and psychological trauma. SARP is dedicated to providing free crisis intervention, support, advocacy, and information to survivors of sexual assault and abuse as well as to family members and friends. SARP is also dedicated to raising public awareness of sexual assault and personal safety. Services are offered 24 hours per day, seven days a week to residents of Lynchburg and Danville, and the Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Halifax and Pittsylvania. The YWCA took over this program from Crisis Line in January 2012.