The YWCA’s Pathways Program offers shelter, crisis counseling and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including the 24-hour crisis hotline; safe shelter for women, men and children fleeing abusive situations; walk-in peer counseling; weekly support groups; in-house short-term therapy; referrals to community resources; and legal, personal and medical advocacy.

To find out more about your options, call the 24-hour crisis line: (406) 542-1944 or (800) 483-7858.

Walk-In Counseling

Walk-in peer counseling at the YWCA Main Office (1130 W. Broadway) is available for women and men dealing with issues of domestic and/or sexual violence Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Safe Shelter

Safe and confidential shelter is available for women and children in crisis from domestic and/or sexual violence. To access the shelter, call the crisis line. If you are considering leaving an abusive situation or if you are simply questioning if your relationship is abusive, call the YWCA crisis line at (406) 542-1944. YWCA staff and volunteer advocates can help you decide if our safe and confidential shelter is right for you and your family. The shelter is a seven-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a community kitchen, living room, and back yard playground for the kids.

To volunteer at the shelter, contact Maria at mnewbold@ywcaofmissoula.org.

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Support Groups

Each Tuesday evening, YWCA Missoula offers weekly open support groups for female survivors of domestic violence and their children. Groups take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and all new and returning participants are invited to join us for a free meal beforehand at 5:30.

New Beginnings Support Group
An orientation group for new members designed to provide a safe space to explore options for support groups as well as other resources that may be useful. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. for this group.

Living in Peace Support Group
Structured support group with different themes each week, with an emphasis on forward movement through the journey of healing from interpersonal violence.

Domestic Violence Talking Circle
The Domestic Violence Talking Circle acknowledges the power of the circle to represent unity and healing for all women. The group draws from teachings from indigenous elders, Medicine Wheel teachings, prayer and smudge, and an acknowledgment of the impacts of inter-generational trauma on the whole person–emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Individual healing and identity is the goal of this group with the support of the circle to help empower women to continue in their healing process and individual growth. Native and non-Native participants are welcome to attend.

Circle of Healing Group
This group is designed for children of all ages who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. Therapeutic play and other age appropriate activities are offered in a safe and supportive environment.

Sexual Assault Support Groups
Closed groups for sexual assault survivors and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are also offered from time to time. For more information about any of our groups, contact Patty at (406) 543-6691 or pmurphy@ywcaofmissoula.org.

Children's Program

YWCA Children’s Program

To stop domestic violence and break the cycle, we have to start with our children. Volunteer and staff children’s advocates are available at the emergency shelter seven days a week. Therapeutic play and parent education are two ways children’s advocates help change lives and stop the cycle of abuse. Age-appropriate support groups for children from birth to age 18 meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the YWCA. The curriculum includes therapeutic art activities, non-competitive games; feelings based activities, education about domestic violence, safety planning, healthy conflict management, and a healthy snack. The goals of our children’s program are to increase self-esteem, stop the cycle of violence, teach healthy ways to express feelings and resolve conflicts and give children the tools to form healthy relationships.

Supervised Visitation

Planet Kids

YWCA Missoula’s Planet Kids Supervised Visitation & Exchange Center offers a safe, child-friendly environment where court-ordered and voluntary visits between children and their non-residential parents can occur. Learn more about the Planet Kids program

Additional Resources

Are you questioning if your relationship is abusive? Are you wondering if what happened to you was sexual assault? Perhaps you are considering filing for an order of protection and want to know what the process is like. The YWCA can help you.

Information and referrals are available by calling the 24-hr YWCA Crisis Line at (406) 542-1944 or (800) 483-7858, or you can browse our collection of additional resources.

Local Services

YWCA Pathways Program
Pathways offers shelter, support groups, and 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
(406) 542-1944 or (800) 483-7858

Crime Victim Advocates
Criminal Justice Assistance & Orders of Protection: (406) 258-3830

First Step at St. Patrick Hospital
Serves children, families, adults who are victims of sexual violence. Investigation services, assessment, medical treatment, education, and prevention services available.
(406) 329-5776

SAFE- Ravalli County 
SAFE offers resources, support and emergency shelter to families fleeing domestic violence situations. Ravalli County Twenty-Four Hour Crisis Hotline
(406) 363-4600

SSTEP
Serves the people in the Seeley-Swan Valley who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. Services include transport to safe shelter, support and education.
(406) 677-3177

SARC
University of Montana Student Advocacy Resource Center offers support and resources for students dealing with sexual and domestic violence.
(406) 243-6559