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, see below for national resources. We offer safety, support and prevention.
COVID-19 Response Update:
Our services are adjusting to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. In order to provide the safest environment for our clients, staff, volunteers, and guests, we are disinfecting surfaces regularly, everyone is asked to wear a mask or face shield when possible, and temperatures are taken upon entry.
Please note: our office hours may have changed since your last visit. If you are unable to visit us in person, our free and confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week over the phone: 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, AND Tuesdays: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Please note: on Tuesdays we open at 10:30 am.
Holton location and hours:
125 A West 4 Street, Holton, KS 66436
Daytime phone: 785-362-2222
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, AND Tuesdays: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Please note: on Tuesdays we open at 12:30 pm.
1309 Huntoon Street, Topeka, KS 66604 (between Lincoln and Lane)
Monday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm AND Wednesday & Friday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 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.