The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County offers a variety of programming to meet the social, emotional, educational and recreational needs of members of the greater Annapolis area. These programs are innovative, engaging and follow best practices in their respective fields. Over the course of almost 90 years, the YWCA has evolved to respond to the changing desires of the community and is proud to offer the following compliment of services.

Domestic Violence

Hotline: (410) 222-6800

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is best known for our services in support of individuals who are victims of domestic violence. This includes women, men and even children. The services provided range from actual refuge at the domestic violence safe house and 24-hour hotline to courses to rehabilitate offenders. In addition, counseling, support groups and legal services provide the cornerstone of the YWCA’s influence on enabling victims to leave their abusers.

Hotline:

(410) 222-6800. A safe and secure connection to a trained advocate to assist with the social, emotional, residential and resource needs of individuals who are victims of domestic violence. This includes options of entering the safe-house, legal representation for securing a protective order, and other resources to enable an individual to immediately and permanently leave their abuser and feel protected.

Safe House:

Arden House provides safe shelter in an undisclosed location to individuals and their children who are victims of abuse. The home can accommodate up to 21 individuals and provides private accommodations for each family. Community rooms include the kitchen, family room, lending library and children’s play area. Basic food items, hygiene supplies, bedding, bus tokens and local phone service is available to all residents. Individuals looking to enter the safe house are to complete an intake through the Domestic Violence Hotline by calling (410) 222-6800. Click here to learn how you can support the Arden House.

Counseling:

Adult and child counseling services are available through the out-patient counseling center at the YWCA. Services focus on breaking the cycle of violence by providing an explanation of the control that perpetuates abuse occurring in the home, defining characteristics of individuals that abuse, the correlation between domestic violence and substance abuse, emotional abuse, safety planning and the effects of domestic violence on children and pregnancy. Individual, couples and family counseling is available as well as group support services. Services are provided on a fee-schedule. Referral to additional support services are made available as part of the intake process. The intake office can be reached at (410) 626-7800.

Legal Services:

The YWCA provides legal services to victims of domestic violence on a fee-scale basis including pro-bono services for those unable to provide payment. These services are focused on obtaining peace and protective orders for victims seeking respite from their abuser(s). These services are available by contacting the Legal Services Department at the YWCA or speaking with an advocate (no appointment required) at Annapolis District Court, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and Glen Burnie District Court. A YWCA office is located within each of these court houses.

Abuser Intervention Program:

Individuals who have exhibited domestic violence are encouraged to complete a 28-week series that focuses on taking accountability for one’s actions as well as developing alternative options for coping with the issues that led to the violence in the home. The group is led by both a male and female facilitator with an emphasis on the male and female perspectives toward the relationship. A portion of individuals in the course are mandated to attend through the court system and others have realized the need to take action prior to court involvement. The cost per session is $30.00 and no more than 4 sessions can be missed over the course of the 28 weeks in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Women’s Alternatives to Violence:

The Women’s Alternative to Violence is a support and educational program for women who have been abusive toward others including their significant other. This group meets weekly and provides the foundation for taking responsibility for one’s decisions while also gaining an understanding for the root of the behavior. Many women also determine that individual counseling through the out-patient counseling center is necessary to address some of the underlying issues leading to the abuse. Ultimately, women are provided with alternative methods for effectively relating to their families and significant others.

Support Groups:

Individuals who are victims of domestic violence are encouraged to participate in these safe groups which are facilitated by counselors trained specifically in the area of domestic violence. Groups focus on the underlying causes of domestic violence, reasons for staying, concerns about the unknown, breaking the cycle of violence and building positive family relationships. These groups also provide a forum for individuals to form bonds with other victims and an understanding that, unfortunately, domestic violence occurs far too frequently.

Sexual Assault

Hotline: (410) 222-7273

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County provides a 24-hour hotline as well as hospital accompaniment for victims of sexual assault. Such services are the initial response to women and children in crisis. By acting as a support person without judgment, the YWCA advocates provide kind assistance and referral information during a time when individuals need understanding and clarity the most.

Hotline:

(410) 222-7273. The 24-hour hotline provides a safe and secure connection to a trained advocate who can assist with the emotional and resource needs of individuals who are victims of sexual assault. This may include arranging for counseling, referrals for legal assistance, accompaniment to the hospital for an exam, or simply a committed individual who understands and will listen without judgment.

Hospital Accompaniment:

The YWCA maintains a relationship with Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and is contacted in the event that a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence would like advocacy, including being present during the Sexual Assault Forensics Exam (SAFE). Highly trained advocates are available through the YWCA to assist victims through the process and provide clothing, referral and other resources necessary to assist in recovery.

Counseling:

Adult and child counseling services are available through the out-patient counseling center at the YWCA. Services focus on feelings surrounding victimization, safety planning, long-term effects, health concerns, potential connection with the perpetrator, building healthy relationships, trusting again and feeling in control. Individual, couples and family counseling is available as well as group support services. Services are provided on a fee-schedule with the first 6 sessions being free. Referral to additional support services are made available as part of the intake process. The intake office can be reached at (410) 626-7800.

Support Groups:

Individuals who are victims of sexual assault are encouraged to participate in these safe groups which are facilitated by counselors trained specifically in the area of sexual assault. Groups focus on regaining trust, safety planning, health concerns, family relationships, and other issues as raised by the group. The group also provides a safe forum for women and/or children to come together and build relationships with one another as a support system.

Community Education

Hallmark

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is proud to support the National YWCA initiative to promote economic empowerment and racial justice through programming specifically aimed at these topics. Through the identification of private foundation funding and long standing partnerships, the YWCA offers services to ensure educational, professional and financial success.

Financial Literacy Courses:

Developed in response to the mission of the YWCA to further economic empowerment, the Financial Literacy course is offered through use of the YWCA computer lab and financial software called Ever-Fi. Ever-Fi provides the leading media platform to teach students the core concepts of financial literacy. The curriculum is delivered using the latest technology, including rich-media, high definition video, diagrams and avatars, thus providing an exciting and engaging experience for students. Topics include savings and budgeting, understanding a credit score, understanding credit cards and managing debt, how banks and the Federal Reserve work, taxes and insurance, renting vs owning, managing higher education loans, investing, and consumer fraud and protection. Participants are able to try out what they have learned in a safe, virtual world before going out on their own. As an extension of this program, there is a 4-week compliment in the area of job search essentials including establishing a career path road map, resume writing, using web-based resources to post resumes and identify opportunities, and establishing a job prospect listing. The combination of the two components provide participants with an effective toolbox to achieve financial independence.

Stand Against Racism:

The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life – across the country – to raise awareness that racism still exists.

The methodology of the Stand Against Racism is to bring together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with us, we maximize the outreach of this mission, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.

Through our annual event, which takes place the last Friday of each April, and our Community Cohesion program, the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism addresses the root causes of racism and encourages conversations across diverse communities in the USA.