The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, formerly the YWCA Battered Women’s Task Force, provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking in Shawnee, Jackson, and Wabaunsee Counties in Kansas. If you are outside our service area and need help, click here for other resources. We offer safety, support and prevention.
COVID-19 Response Update:
Our services are adjusting to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Main office in Topeka: office hours are now 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tuesday’s hours are 10:30 AM to 5 PM. We strongly encourage individuals to please call ahead for an appointment: 785-354-7927, although crisis counseling and advocacy services are available on a limited basis to walk-in clients. You can also text “LOVEIS” to 22522.
The Holton office is open for appointments. Please call: 785-362-2222
The Human Trafficking Day Center has reopened! Case management is still continuing over the phone. We encourage individuals seeking assistance to call our direct office line: 785-354-7927 or after 5:00 PM: 1-888-822-2983.
The Shelter is still operating. Please call our direct office line: 785-354-7927 or after 5:00 PM: 1-888-822-2983.
Toll-free 24-hour helpline: 1-888-822-2983
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you need to talk to someone about domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking abuse, and are not located in Shawnee, Jackson, or Wabaunsee counties, call the following national hotlines:
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can also text “LOVEIS” to 22522.
National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673
National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888
Topeka office location and hours:
225 SW 12th Street, Topeka, KS 66612
Daytime phone: 785-354-7927
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesdays: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Holton location and hours:
125 A West 4 Street, Holton, KS 66436
Daytime phone: 785-362-2222
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesdays: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Internet safety warning: the websites you visit are logged on your computer. If an abusive partner has access to this computer, you may want to use a safer computer. You may click “quick escape” at the top of this page at any time to leave this website. For more information and resources on technology safety for survivors, visit techsafety.org
- 24-hour toll-free helpline: (888) 822-2983
- Emergency, accessible shelter
- Help filing protection orders
- Individual counseling
- Support groups
- Survivor art nights
- Court advocacy
- Training for professionals
- Awareness-raising public events
- Collaborations with partner agencies and community groups to promote change at an institutional and systemic level.