YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment


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225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS  66612 (m)
Phone: Topeka (785) 354-7927
Phone: Holton (785) 362-2222
Phone: Alma (785) 765-3333
Toll Free: (888) 822-2983

Ulrike Schlingensiepen, LMLP, Program Director

Mission Statement: The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment is committed to providing a high quality, comprehensive response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  We pledge to offer support, advocacy, public education, and awareness in our community.

Hours:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Counselors on call 24 hours a day


  • Crisis intervention: Emergency shelter, information and referrals, counselors available 24 hours a day.
  • Court advocacy:  Support and information about what to expect in the courtroom, assistance in obtaining Protection from Abuse orders and Protection for Stalking orders.
  • Support Services:  Individual counseling and support groups for women, men, and children; support and information during criminal and civil court cases; advocacy through the Orientation Assessment Referral Safety (OARS) program for victims of violence on public assistance; rural outreach services for victims in outlying counties.
  • Prevention: Educational presentations for schools, businesses, and other organizations; in-service training for professionals/awareness-raising events.
  • Family Peace Initiative that is a psycho-educational 27 week program for batterers, to hold them accountable for their violence and to teach them patterns of non-violence.

Eligibility: Any victim of abuse from a spouse or partner, any person who is a batterer, or any victim of sexual assault or abuse who is 16 years old or older. Shelter is available for female victims and their children.

How to Apply: Contact the Center

Fees: None

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, County Social Services Funds, Victims of Crime Act, Stop Violence Against Women Act, Protection from Abuse/Federal Family Violence Prevention, Crime Victim Assistance Fund, State General Fund, Emergency Shelter Grant, City of Topeka – General Fund, private donations and the YWCA.