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YWCA Dayton In the News

How we’re spreading the word for those who need help most

On March 23, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a “stay at home” order for Ohioans that has since been extended to May 1 in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. YWCA Dayton is classified as an essential business during this order, providing critical emergency shelter and transitional housing to women and children fleeing abuse. Our 24/7 Crisis Hotline (937-222-SAFE) remains fully operational as well.

Learn more about the safety precautions we’ve instituted HERE, and peruse the news articles below — and then share with your networks (click HERE to download graphics you can share!). 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and we know that number increases during times of crisis. As Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, summarizes, “the very technique we are using to protect people from the virus can perversely impact victims of domestic violence,” and domestic violence is one disease where washing our hands amounts to indifference.

For media requests, contact:
Audrey Starr, Director of Marketing and Communications
communications@ywcadayton.org or 937-461-5550 x155

YWCA USA is the largest U.S. network of domestic and sexual violence service providers — and across our network we are seeing a significant increase in demand for our services, including crisis care, shelter, and transitional housing. This is what typically happens during national disasters and economic recessions — and it’s happening now.
Alejandra Y. Castillo, YWCA USA CEO

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)