Violence Prevention Program
Domestic Violence • Sexual Assault • Human Trafficking • Stalking
Through case advocacy, support groups, legal advocacy, and emergency shelter, YWCA Greater Lafayette is on a mission to support and empower survivors of violence.
Todos los servicios están disponibles en español.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
YWCA Greater Lafayette is here to empower you to make a new beginning. A first step can be our emergency shelter. We offer a 24/7 safe and confidential shelter with continuous case management to help you with employment, housing, financial resources, childcare, counseling and other services.
If you are in need of emergency shelter, please call us at 765-423-1118 or toll free at 888-345-1118 to speak to an advocate.
As of April 2023 YWCA Greater Lafayette has been officially designated as a Rape Crisis Center by the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking (ICESA-HT). As the only rape crisis center in western central Indiana, YWCA creates an environment in which survivors feel safe and empowered, and reduce the trauma experienced by survivors. Trained advocates help survivors provide compassionate support at any point during a survivor’s healing journey.
The victim-centered, trauma-informed and culturally competent services provided by Rape Crisis Centers include:
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
- Hospital/Medical Advocacy
- Criminal Justice Advocacy
- Community Awareness and Outreach
- Prevention Education
- Professional Counseling/Therapy
- Support Groups
ICESAHT identified Rape Crisis Centers adhere to service standards developed by the coalition. Service standards are important to ensure that every sexual assault and human trafficking survivor receives excellent advocacy and support.
In addition to the Service Standards, ICESAHT works in partnership with the Rape Crisis Centers to ensure that policies, practices and services are in place by following the Rape Crisis Center Standards Checklist.
Please call our Helpline at 765-423-1118 or toll free at 888-345-1118 to speak to an advocate.
You are not alone.
If you are dealing with harassment, stalking or domestic violence, we are here to help you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family through the legal system. Obtaining a protective order is an important first step. The legal system can be complicated and overwhelming, so we are committed to providing services to help you get what you need to stay safe. We can help with protective orders, attending hearings and appointments, Indiana Hope Cards, and more.
How we help
Call our office at 765-423-1118 or visit us in person at 624 N. 6th St. to learn more about:
- Attorney referrals
- Emotional support during proceedings and appointments
- Help with the process of filing a protective order
- Placing calls on your behalf to counselors, attorneys, the prosecutor’s office, and police
You are not alone. Our legal advocate is here to help you fill out and file a civil protective order. Call 765-807-1208 to set up an appointment. YWCA Greater Lafayette DVIPP is here to keep you safe, including helping you to make a safety plan and working with community partners to obtain additional resources.
First Step: Contact Police
Take action and file a police report.
If you find yourself in a situation of control, intimidation, or financial/emotional/physical harm, and the person threatening you is an intimate partner, someone you have dated, or someone you have been related to in some capacity, you must first file a police report to show you have asked for police assistance.
You may be able to get a stalking protective order if the person harassing or threatening you is someone you briefly dated or someone who has bothered you on three or more instances and you have filed police reports. Stalking covers areas such as telephone calls, text messaging, emails and in-person contacts, Facebook messaging, Twitter, and other social media. In certain circumstances, your children also can be covered by the protective order if you can show a clear threat to their safety.
A Protective Order is a Legal Document
Use your words to send a clear message. Keep in mind what is written in your petition becomes a court record and the person you are filing against will receive a copy. Protective orders can be very effective in sending a clear message to someone that the legal system will step in if they continue to harass or threaten.
A protective order can also:
- Help you get your belongings back.
- Establish a temporary parent time visitation schedule.
- Help in working with a landlord on a safety plan.
- Ensure your employer that you have taken all the necessary steps for your safety.
Indiana Hope Card
The Indiana Hope Card Program allows anyone with a valid, long-term (12 months or more) order of protection for domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault to request a card that summarizes an order’s most important details.
This purpose of this card is to provide law enforcement with critical information in the case of a potential violation of the order.
The Hope Card is a laminated card similar in size and shape to a credit card. The program and card are free of charge to petitioners.
A Hope Card is not a substitute for a protective order. It is simply a more durable and portable means of proving pertinent information about an existing protective order.
If you have a protective order that covers you for one year or longer and would like a Hope Card, please contact Norah Ashcraft at 765-807-1208.
If you need assistance in Spanish, please contact our Hispanic Advocate, Nohemí Lugo, at 765-423-7015.
Si necesita asistencia en español por favor hable con nuestra asesora hispana, Nohemí Lugo, al 765-423-7015.
Violence Prevention Education is a key pillar of YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program. In order to break the cycle of violence we must educate the community on what healthy relationships look like, how to identify the warning signs of intimate partner violence and child abuse, how to provide support and to victims and survivors, and what to do if you suspect someone is experiencing domestic violence. As a community, we can work together to build safe neighborhoods, homes and schools.
Trainings and presentations are available for your workplace, classrooms or community groups. View the available topics and online resources below. To schedule a presentation or training, or if you would like more information about a violence prevention topic not listed here, please contact Ericka Lee to discuss the possibility of designing a unique presentation tailored specifically for your group.
Violence Prevention Topics
Domestic Violence and Society
The primary audience for this presentation is college or graduate student groups who would like to take an in-depth look at the dynamics of intimate partner abuse, how society fails victims through victim-blaming, and how “the system” sometimes fails the victims it is meant to protect.
Intimate Partner Violence: Healthcare Provider Training
The exact format for this hands-on training will vary based upon the needs of each unique audience. The type of trainings available range from brief discussions about YWCA services, to annual or semi-annual presentations, to on-going consultation in implementing an office/system-wide protocol for intimate partner violence assessment. The types of training include:
Brief discussions: This training is ideal for healthcare providers and staff who work in a setting with an established intimate partner violence protocol and who already have both a strong understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence. We discuss the services offered by YWCA Greater Lafayette for men and women who are experiencing intimate partner abuse.
Annual / semi-annual training: This training is ideal for students in medical programs or for current providers looking for continuing education on intimate partner violence. Participants in this hands-on, active training will come away with a better understanding of the dynamics and health consequences of abuse and the reasons why a patient might stay in an abusive relationship. We also examine how to assess, document, and intervene in cases of intimate partner violence in a compassionate, culturally-sensitive way.
On-going consultation: For healthcare offices or systems desiring to implement a new protocol or evaluate an existing protocol for intimate partner violence assessment and intervention, we offer on-going guidance through the process of:
- Choosing the appropriate assessment tool
- Training staff in proper assessment documentation
- Educating staff about community resources for abused patients
- Evaluating protocol efficacy and staff compliance.
Teen Dating Violence
This presentation is interactive and specifically tailored to a teen audience. We look at video clips, songs currently popular on the radio, and music videos to gain a better understanding of what healthy versus unhealthy relationships look like. Topics discussed include:
- The common forms of dating abuse
- The importance of consent
- The factors that influence someone’s decision to stay or leave an abusive relationship
- How to safely end an abusive relationship
The primary audience for this presentation is community groups, workplaces, and religious organizations. We discuss the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence and focus on concrete steps to help a friend or family member who is being abused. Much of this presentation focuses on understanding the reasons why victims may not appear to want help, and how to remain a loving supporter of the victim throughout this difficult journey.
You can help stop the spread of human trafficking by recognizing the signs that someone is being trafficked and alerting authorities. YWCA Greater Lafayette is equipped to deal with the unique situations of victims of human trafficking. For more information, call us at 765-423-1118.
People may be vulnerable to trafficking if they:
- Have an unstable living situation
- Have previously experienced other forms of violence such as sexual abuse or domestic violence
- Have run away or are involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare system
- Are undocumented immigrants
- Are facing poverty or economic need
- Have a caregiver or family member who has a substance use issue
- Are addicted to drugs or alcohol
Traffickers can be aquaintances, strangers, romantic partners, or family members. Victims are often lured in by promises of jobs, good wages, or romantic relationships.
Be aware of these types of situations:
- A would-be employer refuses to give workers a signed contract or asks them to sign a contract in a language they can’t read.
- A would-be employer collects fees from a potential worker for the “opportunity” to work in a particular job.
- A friend, family member, co-worker, or student is newly showered with gifts or money or otherwise becomes involved in an overwhelming, fast-moving, and asymmetric (e.g., large difference in age or financial status) romantic relationship.
- A friend, family member, or student is a frequent runaway and may be staying with someone who is not their parent or guardian.
- A family member, friend, co-worker, or student is developing a relationship that seems too close with someone they know solely on social media.
- A family member, friend, or student lives with a parent or guardian and shows signs of abuse.
- A family member, friend, or co-worker is offered a job opportunity that seems too good to be true.
- A family member, friend, or co-worker is recruited for an opportunity that requires them to move far away, but their recruiter or prospective employer avoids answering their questions or is reluctant to provide detailed information about the job.
Labor trafficking often includes situations where anyone – men, women, and children – are forced to work to get out of debt or forced to work under threats of violence or disclosing immigration status. Control of victims can include physical or emotional isolation.
Be aware of possible labor trafficking if someone:
- Feels pressured by their employer to stay in a job or situation they want to leave
- Owes money to an employer or recruiter or are not being paid what they were promised or are owed
- Does not have control of their passport or other identity documents
- Is living and working in isolated conditions, largely cut off from interaction with others or support systems
- Appears to be monitored by another person when talking or interacting with others
- Is being threatened by their boss with deportation or other harm
- Is working in dangerous conditions without proper safety gear, training, adequate breaks, or other protections
- Is living in dangerous, overcrowded, or inhumane conditions provided by an employer
Sex trafficking occurs when individuals are made to perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Any child under 18 who is involved in commercial sex is legally a victim of trafficking, regardless of whether there is a third party involved.
Someone may be experiencing sex trafficking if they:
- Want to stop participating in commercial sex but feel scared or unable to leave the situation.
- Disclose that they were reluctant to engage in commercial sex but that someone pressured them into it.
- Live where they work or are transported by guards between home and workplace.
- Are children who live with or are dependent on a family member with a substance use problem or who is abusive.
- Have a “pimp” or “manager” in the commercial sex industry.
- Work in an industry where it may be common to be pressured into performing sex acts for money, such as a strip club or illicit massage business.
- Have a controlling parent, guardian, romantic partner, or “sponsor” who will not allow them to meet or speak with anyone alone or who monitors their movements, spending, or communications.
More information can be found at The National Human Trafficking Hotline or the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking (ICESAHT)
Empowerment Services team members are dedicated to empowering all individuals through:
- Employment assistance through career exploration, resume writing and interview coaching
- Soft skill and digital skill training
- Providing interview and employment clothing and accessories
- Community resource referrals
- Case management services
- Continued follow up with clients
Empowerment Services believes all people deserve to feel safe, be self-sufficient and gain opportunity and support needed to break the cycle of poverty. If you live in Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, White and Warren counties and are struggling to afford or gain access to adequate educational or vocational services, we can help. Schedule an appointment with a member of the Empowerment Services team, email Brenda Renaldo.
STRIVE Workforce Development
STRIVE is a free professional development program for individuals who struggle to secure or retain living-wage employment. You will define your career goals and gain the confidence to seek higher-paying jobs, negotiate higher wages, pursue continuing education or earn professional certification.
Each program cohort consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction, hands-on training and individual meetings with certified advisors to develop the professional habits and skills needed to succeed.
STRIVE is for anyone seeking a free education and skill development opportunity to increase professional, interpersonal and technological skills for working in a digital world. Whether unemployed, underemployed or employed and in need of a boost, STRIVE will help you get where you want to go.
- Must live in Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Warren or White Counties.
- Must be 18+ years old.
- Must have basic English literacy and math skills.
- Must show desire and ability to complete the full program.
Registration is open for Tuesday & Thursday classes.
Morning 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Empowerment Services Program team members can provide educational presentations for your school, group, church or other women’s and service organizations. For questions, please email Brenda Renaldo, Director, Empowerment Services , or call (765) 742-0075.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success Greater Lafayette empowers all women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, development tools and a network of support to help them thrive in work and in life. Our 1400 square foot clothing boutique serves as the starting point to each woman’s journey of achieving self-sufficiency. Three programs exist to support our mission: Suiting, Career Development and Professional Women’s Group.
At Dress for Success Greater Lafayette, we offer all women:
Suiting provides all women with clothing for a job interview or new job whether unemployed, underemployed or pursuing a new career path.
- Personal consultation with boutique manager
- Customized boutique shopping experience complete with outfit, accessories and interview or new job material
- Additional clothing and support through all stages of employment
Career Development equips all women with free tools and classes that strengthen their job search and professional development.
- Free WiFi, computer and printer access
- Resume, cover letter and interviewing skill development and review
- Classes designed to build soft skills and digital skills
- Career counseling and community resource referral
Professional Women’s Group offers continued support to all employed women to propel them toward a sustainable career.
- Continued support in Suiting and Career Development
- Career readiness and professional development workshops
- Networking events with peers, community partners and employers
Email or call 765-423-7019 to speak with a team member today.
If you’re unable to connect with one of our referring partner agencies, we encourage you to complete a self-referral form so we can help you begin your empowerment journey.
Dress for Success Greater Lafayette values ALL women. We serve women from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, including women from many racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as women of all abilities and strengths, women that are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, were formerly incarcerated, are non-English speakers and from the LGBTQIA+ community. We meet women where they are, and we want our clients to see themselves represented in every aspect of who we are – staffing, volunteers, board members and all affiliate organizations. Currently we serve all women who are referred to us by partner agencies in Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, White and Warren counties.
Banzai Financial Wellness
YWCA Lafayette has partnered with Purdue Federal CU and Banzai to bring you clear, in-depth lessons that help you dive into the financial topics you care most about. Topics include:
- Borrowing and Credit
- Building Credit
- and many more!
These fun and free courses use real-life scenarios to demonstrate the power of good financial planning. Courses are available for kids, teens, and adults.
We are excited to announce that in-person support groups will resume the first week in October!
We offer resources for families who are experiencing abuse and wanting to break the cycle of violence. We offer support groups for children, families and adults – with childcare available during many of the classes.
Parenting the Love & Logic Way
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This class is designed for parents, foster or adoptive families and others serving children and teens who have experienced trauma. You will learn how to stay calm when your kids do upsetting things; help your kids learn from mistakes so they don’t repeat them; set enforceable limits; and avoid enabling and start empowering. It will help you gain powerful insights into how trauma affects the brain and the science behind healthy attachment.
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This educational workshop works with survivors of domestic and sexual violence who want to learn about the cycle of violence, power and control, and who want to develop some techniques to help with survivorship. Topics include self-talk, red flags, communications styles, financial empowerment, and more.
Miércoles 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Lafayette
(segundo y cuarto Miércoles del mes)
Jueves 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Frankfort
(segundo jueves de cada mes)
Para ayuda en español pregunte por Nohemí Lugo, 765-423-7015.
Si estás pasando por momentos difíciles o estás en la plenitud de tu vida, no tienes que afrontarlos sola. Este grupo de apoyo te brinda la oportunidad de compartir tus experiencias, sentimientos y estrategias de sobrevivencia. El arte curativo es parte del grupo.
Enriquecimiento de la Familia/Grupo para Padres Le da a las mujeres y hombres nuevas herramientas para disciplinar a sus hijos, aumentar la auto estima de los niños y mejorar la comunicación entre la familia. Este grupo se reúne dos horas por semana. La clase dura siete semanas. Necesita registrarse antes del comienzo de la clase. GRATIS.
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (starting January 6)
This healing art group is a safe space for survivors of trauma. Every healing art workshop is a Window of Time during which participants are invited to express themselves creatively and authentically. Simultaneous workshops for adults and kids allow survivors of all ages to participate. Expressions is facilitated by staff trained in the A Window Between Worlds model, and is not offered as art therapy.
Healing Forward Sexual Assault Support Group
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This sexual assault support group focuses on healing and coping skills. We will use the books Life After Trauma and Healing From Sexual Trauma Workbook. There will be a mix of open table group discussion and lessons from the books, choosing one topic each week to focus on while also allotting time for group members to openly share about what is going on in their lives. Topics include but are not limited to: reclaiming safety, self worth, focus, control, creating boundaries, cultivating self-compassion, confidence, and resilience. The Sexual Assault Support Group meets at Healthy Communities of Clinton County, 1234 Rossville Ave. Suite A, Frankfort.
Help is just a phone call away. Our program offers free cell phones programmed to dial 911. These phones can provide quick access to police protection if you are dealing with harassment, stalking or domestic violence. They can also provide first responder help for victims with health problems.
Please call the Domestic Violence Program office at 765-423-1118 or visit us at 605 N. 6th Street in Lafayette to learn more about receiving one of these phones.
*Please note that these phones cannot text and cannot call any number other than 911.
We are always accepting donations of unwanted cell phones for the 911 Cell Phone Program.