Crisis Hotline (716) 433-6716
Crisis Services

Healing wounds and giving hope

One in four girls and one in six boys will become victims of sexual assault before their 18th birthdays. These are more than statistics, they are Niagara County boys and girls, men and women.

Adult Counseling Program

Provides information on the dynamics of domestic violence and abusive relationships; identifies options, develops safety plans, and offers emotional support and guidance.

Advocacy Program

Provides information on the dynamics of domestic violence and abusive relationships; identifies options, develops safety plans, and offers emotional support and guidance.

Community Outreach

Speakers are available through the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier for education and awareness training to community organizations and general audiences.

Confidential Advocates

We provide confidential advocacy for rape and sexual assault victims. From the moment we receive your call on the crisis hotline, a trained advocate is notified and responds within minutes. This advocate will accompany a sexual assault victim to the emergency room for a forensic rape exam, assist them through the criminal investigation process, and be available for crisis counseling on an ongoing basis.

Educational Outreach

Age appropriate curriculum on domestic and dating violence, as well as anger management for grades 3-12, is available for middle school, high school, and university audiences.

Educational Support Group

Age appropriate curriculum on domestic and dating violence, as well as anger management for grades 3-12, is available for middle school, high school, and university audiences.

KidStrong

KidStrong is a support group for children that have been exposed to family violence. The program works with children ages 4 to 12 years old. The group incorporates age appropriate instruction, therapeutic games, role-plays, worksheets, movement, art therapy, small group discussions regarding the weekly topic, feelings, self-esteem activities, safety planning, and a snack.

The goals of the KidStrong program are as follows:

  • To help children learn new ways to cope with separation, violence and low self-esteem in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging.
  • To assist children in building positive social behaviors.
  • To aid children in gaining self-esteem through a support group that understands and values each child’s uniqueness.
  • There are no fees to attend. Children may start the program at any time.

Date: Mondays
Location: Lockport, NY
Please call for location and information

Date: Thursdays
Location:  North Tonawanda, NY
Please call for location and information

Lockport City Court Advocacy

Provides comprehensive assistance to domestic violence victims including counseling, court accompaniment, and referrals to outside agencies. A YWCA Domestic Violence Victim’s advocate is stationed within the Lockport Police Department. To schedule an appointment, contact (716) 439-6630.

Rape and Sexual Assault

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier offers a 24-hour crisis hotline staffed by trained professionals who provide an immediate response to rape and sexual assault victims.

To reach our crisis hotline, please call or text (716) 433-6716.

Safe Dwelling

Provides assistance in securing rights and obtaining services from other agencies.

Transitional Housing

Provides the second stage of housing after Crisis Housing with a supportive program.

Additional Links

www.nyscadv.org
www.OPDV.state.ny.us
www.ncadv.org
www.nyscasa.org
LGBT
http://respectlove.opdv.ny.gov/

Watch Our Progress!

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is on the brink of opening the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community in which they reside.  It is the latest in a series of life-altering programs and projects introduced by the YW over the years, with a goal of improving the lives of women living in WNY.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125 year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  A result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

Building on its recognized history and experience of providing shelter for victims of domestic violence and transitional and permanent housing for women (and their children) without a place to call home, the YWCA is now constructing a 12 apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family valence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

Each resident will have their own (approximately 500 sq. ft.) furnished apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and sitting area.  There will be communal laundry facilities, exercise, and relaxation space. A protected garden green space and patio will provide respite during more user-friendly outdoor months. Equally important are the services available to the residents and also to area low income women who would benefit from them, such as case management, trauma informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.  

The ground floor of the historic, refurbished building will feature a café/coffee shop, providing refreshment for the community and residents at the Tremont apartments.  YW’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities, a model that has proven successful for the YW and its clients, as it also indirectly supports businesses by enhancing the NT shopping experience.  The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating.

The YWCA is currently seeking sponsors to help meet the funding needs for the Café, programs and residences.  Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at Granchelli@ywcanf.org or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.


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