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Domestic Violence Prevention Center

Our Mission and Services:

Our mission is to provide support for the domestic violence victims and work toward the reduction and elimination of family violence. The Domestic Violence Prevention Center (DVPC), a United Way Partner Agency, helps women recover from abuse, resolve personal conflicts, improve self-esteem and begin new lives. The primary feature of this program is the VSDVAA certified shelter, located in a private, secure and confidential place.

The DVPC offers the following services:

  • A 30 day, 32-bed emergency shelter for women and children in crisis in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • An 8-bed emergency shelter in Altavista, Virginia - Frannie's House 
  • A full service shelter offering free food, housing and clothing to victims
  • Individual caseworkers, child caseworkers, on-site support groups, parenting classes, court advocacy, and transportation
  • A toll free, 24-hour crisis hotline (1-888-528-1041)
  • Confidential and community referrals and information
  • Volunteer training and community education
  • Children's Supervised Visitation Center
  • Serving the Cities of Lynchburg, Bedford and Danville and the Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Nelson and Pittsylvania.

Remember, you are not alone. We can help. If you, or someone you know, is being abused, call (434) 528-1041 or 1-888-528-1041 or for more information you can email us.

 DVPC Children:

Our shelter has an extensive children's program. We provide caseworkers for children and parenting classes. Over 100 children spend at least one night at the DVPC in one year and most stayed thirty days. The shelter provides their meals, access to their schools, and daily fun and educational activities. 

The DVPC shelter received the $10,000 Youth Philanthropy Award from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust in April 2005, 2010, and 2012 which makes the YWCA of Central Virginia the only agency to receive it three times! The award was designed to create awareness in young people of the importance of philanthropy and community service. The children’s program at the Domestic Violence Prevention Center was chosen by a committee of twenty-two high school seniors from eleven area high schools as the most deserving charity.       

The DVPC recently developed a program to raise awareness and combat dating violence called "Meet D.A.V.E.", which stands for Dating and Violence Education. This program provides important information about dating violence, stalking, bullying, cyber-bllying and healthy relationships in a fun and interactive format. Most performances are free and open to the public. Community groups, families and individuals are encouraged to attend. 

For more information contact Jenna Lodge Foster or Toy 

Ayers at 434-528-1041.  Coming soon:  The Daily Drama, an anti-bullying program. 




To support the DVPC shelter and its children through an online donation, please click  here.


Facts About Abuse:

Domestic violence includes physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse -- even the threat of such abuse -- between people in a close relationship.  You may be a victim, or know a victim, and not have any physical injuries. Just remember, you are not alone.

  • Battering is the single, major cause of injury to women, exceeding rapes, muggings and car accidents combined
  • Domestic violence strikes one family in the US every nine seconds
  • Domestic violence occurs in all economic, ethnic, racial and age groups
  • Domestic violence is passed from one generation to the next through socialization.
  • Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to become abusers or battered adults, and 50% of these children are abused themselves.


Here are some stats to give you an idea of just how serious the problem of abuse is in Virginia:

Every 10 days a child dies from abuse or neglect

Every 6 days a child aged 19 and younger is murdered
Every 4 hours a family seeks shelter from a domestic violence program, but is denied for lack of space
Every 5 hours a child witnesses an act of domestic violence
In an average moment, there are 6,374 children in foster care in VA
Every 4 hours a child is served by a DV program
Every 88 minutes a child is abused or neglected
Every 46 minutes a juvenile commits a violent crime
All stats are based on reported incidences in Virginia.  Many more incidences go unreported.

Abuse is a crime. Plan your escape:

If you, or someone you know, is planning to leave an abusive household, here are some important things you can do to help yourself and your family.

If you've been involved in a violent episode, remember to:

  • Save evidence -- such as torn clothing
  • Have a friend or police officer take pictures of your injuries
  • Keep all dental and medical records in an easily accessible location
  • Keep extra copies of important document where you can get to them easily -- with a friend or relative for example

If you've got time to pack, gather the following items for yourself and your children:

  • Clothing
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage/ divorce licenses
  • School records
  • Immunization/ medical records
  • Medicines
  • Insurance documents
  • Social Security cards
  • Identification papers for yourself and your children
  • Food stamps
  • Checkbook, money, or credit cards
  • Child's favorite toys and/or blanket
  • Phone numbers of friends and relatives

For more resources, please visit VSDVAlliance.org.

Remember, you are not alone.


YWCA Central Virginia • 626 Church Street • Lynchburg, VA 24504
ywcacentralvirginia@ywconnect.org • Phone: 434-847-7751 • Fax: 434-528-3449
Copyright 2012