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Sexual Assault Services

YWCA Dayton is accredited as the only Rape Crisis Center in Montgomery and Preble counties and operates our region’s longest-running 24-hour, year-round crisis hotline. All services are free and confidential.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, our 24/7 crisis and domestic violence hotline is always available:

937-222-SAFE (7233)

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

Counseling with professional therapists, who have experience supporting survivors of sexual assault, is available in both Montgomery and Preble counties. Services include:

  • Emotional Support & Counseling
  • Information & Referral
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Support Groups

Trained crisis support staff from YWCA Dayton hold several different community support groups for anyone affected by sexual violence: survivors, family, friends, and/or loved ones. Groups are free and confidential and facilitated by trained, trauma-informed, confidential advocates.

Benefits of open support groups include:

  • Realizing you are not alone
  • Expressing your feelings
  • Learning helpful information
  • Improved social skills
  • Gaining hope
  • Reducing stress
  • Increased self-understanding
  • Helping others
  • Affordability

SOAR (Survivors Overcoming Abuse and Rape) Together

Join us at the Greater Dayton LGBT Center (24 N. Jefferson St. #200; Dayton, OH 45402) on the first Monday of each month, 6-7 p.m., for this community support group for anyone identifying as LGBTQIA affected by sexual violence: survivors, family, friends, and/or loved ones.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group

Join us at Family Services/Womanline (2211 Arbor Blvd.; Moraine, OH 45439) on the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:45 p.m., for this community support group for survivors of sexual assault.

YWCA Dayton promotes social change and the elimination of sexual violence through prevention education, inclusive programming, and community collaboration. Topics include:

  • Red flags of sexual assault
  • Bystander intervention
  • Accomplices and allies trainings
  • Community education workshops
  • Identifying and responding to sexual assault
  • Advocating for systemic change


YWCA Dayton’s sexual assault services are certified by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV). We are the first and only certified Rape Crisis Center in Montgomery and Preble counties. To earn this designation, OAESV reviews our agency’s work every four years according to the Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Criminal justice/legal advocacy
  • Community awareness/outreach
  • Accessibility
  • Cultural competency
  • Ethics and accountability
  • Staff/volunteer training
  • Systems coordination/collaboration
  • Prevention education
  • Professional counseling/therapy
  • Support groups

Additionally, YWCA Dayton is a local affiliate of the Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline and is a certified National Sexual Assault Hotline affiliate of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

In partnership with our community, YWCA Dayton commits to building relationships based on mutual professional respect and inclusion to best serve survivors in the Miami Valley. Some of our community partners include:

  • Preble County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Women Helping Women
  • Dayton International Peace Museum
  • Greater Dayton LGBT Center
  • Abolition Ohio
  • Eaton Police Department
  • Preble County Sheriff
  • Preble County Samaritan Behavioral Health









"Thanks to YWCA Dayton, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am working hard on healing myself again. I can see my future. I am not that little girl anymore. I am strong! I am courageous! I am brave."



Caitlin brings nearly a decade of sexual assault advocacy experience to YWCA Dayton, where she serves as our sexual assault program manager. You can find her working one-on-one with clients or leading a bystander intervention training.

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)