Domestic Violence

YWCA Crisis and Information Line: (615) 242-1199 or toll free 1-800-334-4628.

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.

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 the YWCA's confidential Crisis and Information Line. Our trained counselors are ready to help 24-hours a day, seven days a week. 

YWCA Crisis and Information Line: (615) 242-1199 or toll free 1-800-334-4628.

Calling the Crisis and Information Line is the first step toward safety and healing. Domestic violence feeds off of silence and fear. By calling the Crisis and Information Line and sharing your story, you are taking that crucial, albeit frightening step, towards freedom from abuse and control. Click here to learn more about the signs of domestic violence.

Weaver Domestic Violence Center

The YWCA of 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 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.

Transitional Housing

The 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 successfully completed the YWCA’s shelter program. We work with our clients to find safe and secure homes in the community of their choice. The Transitional Housing Program provides the assistance to create a manageable budget and financial stability, as well as emotional support.

Support Groups

The YWCA of 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 Information Hotline for times and locations. The number is 1-800-334-4628 or 615-242-1199.