*Note - If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.
Help is available for those who are experiencing Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence.
Click through the different tabs to find resources and emergency hotlines by county in Southwest Michigan.
"S.A.F.E. Place exists to provide safety to, empower and advocate for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking and their families. S.A.F.E. Place stresses early intervention, strengthening families, and providing a continuum of care through community resources and referrals. S.A.F.E. Place provides programs designed to increase the safety and well being of domestic violence survivors and their children. All our programs are offered at no cost: Emergency Shelter, Counseling (Adult & Children), Legal Advocacy, PPO Assistance, Resources & Advocacy, 24/hour crisis line" -- From the Website.
24-Hour Hotline: 888-664-9832
Cass, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties
DASAS is an organization that is dedicated to putting an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in Southwest Michigan. DASAS has been in existence for over twenty five years serving victims and their families in Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Our philosophy clearly states our commitment to the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Domestic violence and sexual assault services will promote the empowerment of survivors by providing information, resources and advocacy. DASAS will treat survivors with dignity and respect, and will value their right to self-determination. DASAS is committed to improving community systems' response to domestic violence and sexual assault by focusing on enhanced protection, empowerment, and support for survivors and their children, and on increased accountability for abusers. DASAS will lead prevention efforts by providing accurate information on domestic violence and sexual assault issues to the community, and to youth through school-based initiatives.
DASAS serves residents of Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, and targets its programs and services to the needs of those communities.
24-Hour Hotline: 800-828-2023
Call 517-543-0748 to ask for more information or to ask how you can help.
24/7 Crisis Line - 1-800-899-9997
"YWCA Kalamazoo is your ally who is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. The longest-serving YWCA association in Michigan, YWCA Kalamazoo provides individuals and families with victim-focused counseling and advocacy services as well as shelter for survivors of violence, transitional housing, and legal services. Our variety of family programs are designed to improve the lives of the most vulnerable population. We lead the way for system change in our communities" -- from the Website.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 269-385-3587
"[T]he YWCA West Central Michigan transforms lives through public policy that translates our mission into law, and expert, on-the-ground programming that represents our community’s most comprehensive response to domestic and dating abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and child sexual abuse" -- From the Website.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 616-454-9922
Safehaven Ministries offer Emergency Shelter, a 24/7 Hotline, Case Management, Children's Programming, Prevention and Education, Support Groups, and Safety Planning.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 616-452-6664
It Happens Here, too: Expert Voices on Domestic Violence in Our Communities
Join us for a panel discussion about domestic violence in our community and the resources available. Boxed lunches will be provided.
Healthy Relationships with the YWCA (Title IX Initiative)
Join us for a conversation about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what we can do as individuals and a community to help combat domestic violence.
Lived Experience Talk
Join us for a lived experience talk with Mollie Peterson, herself a survivor of domestic violence.
Visit from Dr. Mays Imad
Trauma Expert Dr. Mays Imad of the Gardner Institute will visit campus on Nov. 5 for sessions with students and staff. Imad serves as a professor of Genetics, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Pima Community College as well as the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center.
Imad received her undergraduate training in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, focusing on Philosophy of Science and Consciousness. She earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Clinical Neuroscience from Wayne State University in Detroit, and then completed an NIH-IRACDA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.
Her current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities which are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, and self-realization.
Breakfast with Dr. Mays Imad
Students are invited to join Dr. Mays Imad for breakfast and coffee.
Dr. Mays Imad Presents- “Trauma-Informed Education: How Trauma Impact Learning and What We Can do to Help”
All are invited to join us this talk. Boxed lunches will be included with registration. A Watch party link will be available for those not able to attend.
Faculty Workshop with Dr. Mays Imad
Faculty are invited to join Dr. May Imad for a workshop. Snacks will be available.
State and National Resources
"MCEDSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state’s survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic and sexual violence in Michigan" -- From the Website.
PDF that shares research on the links between various forms of violence.
"The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance. These efforts include campaigns that address the victimization of women throughout their lifespan.
The voices, leadership and expertise of survivors who have been abused are critical and necessary components of these campaigns. To change belief systems and practices that support violence and abuse the DVAP recognizes that women and other marginalized people are disproportionately affected, and the participation of the entire community in building social intolerance towards domestic violence is crucial" -- Summary from Website.
"The Domestic Violence Awareness Project offers a variety of free materials to support your awareness and prevention efforts. This page features guides, manuals, webinar recordings, brochures, information sheets, and other materials produced by NRCDV that are available for free download" -- From the Website.
"Our mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates" -- from the Website.
Statistics about domestic violence in the State of Michigan.
"For over 25 years NRCDV has worked to strengthen the capacity of programs responding to domestic violence victims and their families by promoting effective public policy, institutional response and research, and engagement in prevention" -- From the Website.
"For over 2 decades, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has operated VAWnet, an online network focused on violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence. VAWnet.org has long been identified as an unparalleled, comprehensive, go-to source of information and resources for anti-violence advocates, human service professionals, educators, faith leaders, and others interested in ending domestic and sexual violence" -- From the Website.
"Our Wednesday Workshop Podcast is led by our Advocates, and each episode shares strategies to heal and move beyond the trauma inflicted by domestic and sexual violence.
While initially geared towards survivors, these sessions share helpful insights for service providers and community members, and all are invited to listen" -- Summary from Website
"I’m Mickie Zada and I lived in abuse…for 34 years…from age 19 until I was 53..I believe we create our realities, and I chose to stay in a damaging relationship for so long because I thought it was my Calling. I was wrong. I changed me. I am now an enthusiastic participant in Life" -- Summary from Apple Podcasts.
"The Survivor’s Guide to Life is an on-going series of discussions between Dr. Peter Bernstein - a coach and mentor with nearly 50 years of experience working with emotional trauma and its impacts and podcast host, Jenny Stevenson - a seasoned coach and mentor who has worked with Dr. Bernstein for more than a decade. Each podcast will cover real-world examples of the various traumas, difficulties and struggles of life, and how developing an attitude of resilience can do more than merely help one cope - resilience can result in personal growth, an attitude of hope and ever-increasing joy in life" -- Summary from Stitcher.com
"[T]he podcast that shines a light on the issues around domestic abuse" -- Summary from Apple Podcasts.
"Podcast for professionals working to end the violence against women and children. International experts share their expertise, findings, visions, struggles and solutions. We share tips in how we fight the existence of partner abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse and improve services for survivors, social services and the family court system" -- Summary from Apple Podcasts.
"This podcast is my own personal journey as a Domestic Violence survivor and advocate and along the way as I found my own voice I’m able to give other survivors and victims of Domestic Violence a platform to tell there stories of resilience and survival. I’m a voice for the voiceless. Let’s keep the conversation open about Domestic violence and how we can help those who are silenced speak up" -- Summary from Apple Podcasts.