Domestic Violence Services

Domestic Violence affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Calling the Crisis and Support Helpline is the first step toward safety and healing. Domestic violence feeds off of silence and fear. By calling the Crisis and Support Helpline and sharing your story, you are taking that crucial, albeit frightening step, towards freedom from abuse and control. 

YWCA 24-Hour Crisis and Support Helpline 1-800-334-4628.

One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. Click here for more domestic violence stats.

If you are concerned about abuse and control in your relationship with your intimate partner or have questions about the signs of domestic violence, please call YWCA's confidential 24-Hour Crisis and Support Helpline. Our trained counselors are ready to help 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our services are provided to all, regardless of gender or gender identity. 

YWCA 24-Hour Crisis and Support Helpline 1-800-334-4628.

Click here to learn more about the signs of domestic violence.

Emergency Shelter 

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee operates the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. The Weaver Domestic Violence Center is a 51-bed facility that is able to temporarily house women who are fleeing violent households. The Weaver Center is able to accommodate single women and mothers with children up to 17-years old. The Weaver Center is located in an undisclosed location in Davidson County.

YWCA opened the first domestic violence shelter in Nashville in 1980. Twenty-one years later, due to the rising demand for safe shelter, the YWCA opened the Weaver Center to meet the ever-growing needs of women and children in our community.

Last year, more than 450 women and children spent over 16,000 bed-nights at our shelter.

In 2015, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children chose YWCA's shelter to become a "Club Mac Bright Space."  We are grateful for the generosity of Carol and Jack McElwain’s family and friends. To see the transformation,click here. 

Transitional Housing

YWCA's Transitional Housing Program is another step to ensuring victims of domestic violence in Nashville and Middle Tennessee move from safety to self-sufficiency. The Transitional Housing Program provides ongoing support, including utility and rental payments, to many of the women who have moved out of the shelter and into the community. We work with our clients to find safe and secure homes in Davidson County. The Transitional Housing Program provides the assistance to create a manageable budget and financial stability, as well as emotional support.

Support Groups

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee offers support groups to survivors of domestic violence in both English and Spanish. If you would like to join one of our support groups, please contact the 24-hour Crisis and Support Helpline for times and locations. The number is 1-800-334-4628.


Domestic Violence Tri-Fold Brochure (English) (Spanish)
Domestic Violence Info Card (English) (Spanish)
Domestic Violence Tear-Off Flier
Domestic Violence Biz Card (English & Spanish)