Family Violence Prevention


Family Violence Prevention Program

Call 1-800-698-1247 ~ 24/7 Toll Free Hotline

Is someone you love crossing the line?

violenceDo they:

  • put you down
  • call you names
  • humiliate you
  • threaten to actually hurt or do something to you
  • hurt your pets
  • destroy the things that are important to you
  • keep you away from family and friends
  • control what you do, who you see and talk to
  • intimidate you by punching walls or throwing things
  • slap, hit, push, hold you down, choke you, pull your hair, confine you, force you to have sex or threaten use of a weapon?

They are not loving you – they are controlling you and abusing you.

If someone you love is crossing the line, tell someone you can trust.

Call toll free 24/7 at: 1-800-698-1247

YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program offers direct supportive services to victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please contact our 24/7 staffed emergency shelter and crisis hotline. YWCA FVPP also offers court advocacy, support groups, safety planning, monitored parent-child visitation/exchange, and children support groups, teen dating violence prevention advocacy, employability programming, batterer’s intervention/prevention programming, and free 911 cell phones. We offer transitional housing and behavior modification for women who use violence (F.O.C.U.S.).


All services are free, however, we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality or safety if you use the Internet or e-mail to contact us. Someone may be able to access or read e-mail to us or you. Please call or write if you need total secrecy.

Emergency Safe Shelter

Established in 1978, Madden House offers a secure 24/7 facility offering safety to women and children. YWCA FVPP also offers a 24 hour staffed crisis hotline. If you are in need of assistance, please call toll free at 1-800-698-1247, or (304) 232-2748

Court Advocacy

Specially trained Domestic Violence Advocates are available to listen, inform, and support. Advocates offer accompaniment and provide guidance through the criminal and civil legal systems. Advocates can help victims identify choices, assess risks, provide Legal Aid referrals and other community resources.
If you need assistance or have questions please contact an advocate in the county where you live:




Monitored Visitation and Exchange

Services are provided to families experiencing domestic violence. Families are court ordered or agency referred. Individual meetings are required with a visitation monitor prior to the onset of a visitation or exchange. For more information contact:

  • Ohio or Marshall County
  • (304) 232-2748
  • 1100 Chapline St.
  • Wheeling, WV. 26003


Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing is offered to women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence and offers free residential living for up to two years. For more information contact:

  • Ohio or Marshall County
  • (304) 232-2748
  • 1100 Chapline Street
  • Wheeling, WV. 26003


Support Group for Women

The YWCA domestic violence support group is a place where victims and survivors can network, get support, and obtain helpful resources which will provide them with tools to move forward to a healthier and happier life. For more information contact (304) 232-2748  Child care is available please contact the above number or

Support Groups for Children who witness domestic violence

Children often suffer the affects of domestic violence in silence. Often children act out in school or while interacting with others. Our child support group provides children with age appropriate learning on the meaning of healthy play and interactions. For more information please call (304) 232-2748 or

Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program

BIPP currently operates in Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, and Marshall Counties. BIPPS work to increase the safety of all domestic violence victims. BIPPS provide educational groups for batterers to stop their abusive behavior. Batterers are taught about the damaging effects of abuse on victims and children. BIPPS also teach batterers to use respectful and non-abusive behaviors with their intimate partners and their children. For more information, call (304) 232-2748

F.O.C.U.S. (Focus on change and understanding self-control)

A women’s program designed to address women’s anger and use of violence. Free childcare is available. For more information, call (304) 232-2748

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Programming

One in three teens report being verbally, emotionally, physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. There is a full time Teen Dating Violence Advocate at John Marshall High School, direct services are offered to any teen residing in Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties.  If you or someone you know is a victim of teen dating violence please contact (304) 232-2748 for more information, or by emailing

Employability Programming

Domestic violence victims have unique barriers to overcome when finding employment. YWCA FVPP Employment Advocate provides domestic violence victims with assistance in finding employment, resume building and more. If you are a victim of domestic violence and would like to speak to our Employment Advocate, please contact (304) 232-2748 or

Community Education and Awareness

Advocates are available to conduct presentations on domestic violence, dating violence, bullying, and elder abuse; to health care providers, schools, youth services organizations, church groups, and other community groups. We will tailor a presentation to fit your needs. Call (304) 232-2748 to schedule a presentation.

The YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program is in great need of Gasoline Gift Card donations. FVPP also takes new and used item donations. Please click here for wish list.

Patricia Flanigan, FVPP Program Director

Cammie Pickens, FVPP Deputy Director

YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program is a proud member of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The WVCADV is a statewide network of community-based domestic violence programs and statewide office working to end personal and institutional violence in the lives of women, children and men.