YWCA Northwest Ohio

Am I a Victim?

Are You Being Abused? Crisis Line 419-241-7386

Does your partner

  • Keep track of your time, where you go, and who you're with?
  • Prevent you from seeing family and friends?
  • Prevent you from getting a job?
  • Harass you at work?
  • Threaten you or your pets or belongings?
  • Force you to have sex or do sexual acts you're uncomfortable with?
  • Put you down or call you names?
  • Hit, shove, choke or kick you or throw objects at you?
  • For characteristics of abusers/abused, click here

If It's Happening to You

  • Get somewhere safe.
  • Call the police.
  • Get medical attention if needed.
  • Call the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter crisis line at 419-241-7386 for support, referrals or information on coming to the Shelter.
  • Get legal advice or advocacy.
  • File criminal charges at Municipal Court and request a Temporary Restraining Order, or
  • File for a Civil Protection Order at Family Court.
  • Get support from a counselor or support group. Click here for a schedule of YWCA support groups.
  • Call the Battered Women's Shelter crisis line for more information about any of these steps.

If It's Happening to Someone You Know

  • Listen, support, and don't judge her. Even if you may not agree with the decisions your friend is making, she may be doing the best she can to stay alive.
  • Tell her it's not her fault, that no one deserves to be abused, and that she's not alone.
  • Give her the number of the Shelter crisis line and let her know about support groups.
  • Call the crisis line for more information about how you can help.
  • For a detailed definition of Domestic Violence, click

YWCA Battered Women's Shelter Crisis Line 419-241-7386