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Supporting Survivors

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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.


Are you interested in becoming a CSE Volunteer Advocate? Find out here how you can participate in an upcoming Volunteer Training session. 


Contact Us

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


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Once you take that first step to get help, I promise you it's better on the other side.
Shannon W.