YWCA Pierce County opened the first domestic violence shelter in our state in 1976. Since that time, we continue to offer safe and confidential temporary housing to survivors and their children fleeing an immediately dangerous situation due to domestic violence. Shelter is up to 90 days and includes basic needs, support services, and 24-hour advocacy.

Our emergency safe shelter is made up of individual apartment units where each family can heal in beautiful, welcoming spaces that offer privacy within our secure facility. With private kitchens and bathrooms in each unit, there is space for parents and their children to heal and thrive. All survivors are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, religion or sexual orientation.


YWCA is the only shelter in Pierce County, and one of very few across the country, that allows families to bring their pets to shelter with them. We help families meet all the needs of their furry family members including: food, veterinarian care, grooming and pet deposits for families as they move into new homes, and more.

Between 25% and 45% of domestic violence victims don’t leave their abusers out of fear for their pet’s lives
(American Humane Association)

*Please note that all programs and services require an intake call or phone screening.
Please call our 24-Hour Hotline 253-383-2593 to speak with an advocate regarding shelter services, safety planning or referrals to community resources.
You can also email our Crisis Line at crisis@ywcapiercecounty.org.

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