Domestic Violence Shelter

The YWCA NENY’s Domestic Violence Shelter offers services 24-hour each day/ 365 days a year.

24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline Number:(518)374-3386
Important Computer Saftey Notice for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence: 
Computer use can be monitored. It is impossible to completely clear the “footprints” showing where each patron has been. If you are in danger, exit our website immediately and return to our site from a safer computer (a computer in a safe location where someone abusive does not have direct or remote access).    You can call the YWCA at (518) 374-3386 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233). If you are in immediate danger call 911.

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Domestic Violence Component

The Domestic Violence Program offers safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, groups, casemanagement, children’s services and post-shelter services to women who are victims of domestic violence.

The following are basic criteria for determining eligibility for women using Domestic Violence services:

  • Women who are recently beaten or physically abused by a husband, parent or adult child, if that abuser is living with her or has controlled access to her home or apartment.
  • Women who have been abused in the past and danger of this happening again seems likely, similar patterns or direct threats.
  • Women whose abuser is threatening her with a weapon.
  • Women who have been severely emotionally abused.
  • Children who are sexually/physically abused, if accompanied non-abusive female parent

Women coming into our domestic violence service via shelter, counseling advocacy or support groups must be able to care physically for themselves and not need supervision in the care of their children.

Our Domestic Violence shelter is wheelchair accessible. The YWCA building is not wheelchair accessible, however, it is negotiable if a client uses a walker or cane.

We do not accept women or children of severe emotional impairment, which would impact on group living or negatively affect group counseling. Appropriate services to meet their needs would be made through referral.

The Mary Kay Foundation helps support our shelter. The Mary Kay Foundation, along with the YWCA of NorthEastern NY, strive to make a difference in the lives of women & children who face despair on a regular basis. To find out more about the Mary Kay Foundation, please click here.


Client Advocates

Comprehensive Women’s and Children’s services available at:

  • Schenectady County Office of Children & Family Services
  • Schenectady Police Station
  • Rotterdam Police Station/ Town Court
  • Niskayuna Police Department/ Town Court
  • Glenville/Scotia Police Department/ Town Court

ywcahomeSupport Groups

Groups are available for women (16 years and older) who are abused or have been abused. (There is no fee for the groups) Sessions are held at the YWCA  NENY.

Empowerment Groups.

Open to the public, topics include but are not limited to: Loneliness, Healthy Relationships, Assertiveness, Coping with Visitation, Self-Esteem Building and Goal Setting.

Sign up for this 8 week session. Class meets for one hour each week.

Date to be determined. For information and registration call 374-3394, ext 142


Confidential and supportive counseling: women (16 years and older) who are abused and their children (5 years and up). Flexible hours available. Call 374-3394, ext 142.

 Young Families ProgramProvides education and referral to pregnant and/or parenting incarcerated young women about issues related to pregnancy and parenting; support young mother’s efforts to establish and maintain positive involvment with their children’s lives and learning, the lives of siblings they parent, and with the family members and caregivers who care for the children while the women are incarcerated. The program works with mothers to increase their knowledge of and access to community resources.

YWCA Economic Solutions (YES)

YES is designed to assist women who are victims of domestic violence manage their personal finances, identify their interests and skills, and find employment. As a part of the program, women will be assisted with financial planning, time management, and goal setting. Preparation for job interviews and providing professional clothing  will help job seekers make a positive first impression.

For more information contact Andrea at ext 131!

Available Services

Goal setting

Time and stress management

Computer use assistance

Information about continuing education or training

Job search tips and techniques

Help with employment applications, resumes, and cover letters

Job interview preparation

Access to professional clothing in the Soroptimist Closet

Financial planning and budget assistance

Referrals to community agencies