COVID-19 updates

Domestic violence: When sheltering at home isn’t safe

Many Americans are staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic. But what does that mean for those who aren’t safe where they live? John Yang talks to Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, in this PBS News Hour special. Learn how abusers may use a social crisis like this to gain further control and why physical distancing puts victims of abuse at even greater risk.

Highlights from March 26 video above

Afterschool Adventure Club is closed. My Friends’ House is temporarily closed as of March 31. We will continue to assess demand each week to determine when to reopen. Please direct childcare questions to Tabitha at 509-525-7034. Protection Order Clinic continues at the Walla Walla County Courthouse with YWCA advocates available to help Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The YWCA Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter and Family Shelter are open. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline/Helpline is available 24/7: 509-529-9922. The YWCA office is now open 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance doors are locked. Please buzz the intercom if you need to enter. Anyone entering will have a temperature check and health screening.

Thank you for your gifts

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Your concern has meant so much. We’ve received amazing donations of food, cleaning supplies and even the elusive toilet paper! For a list of welcome items, go to our shelter wish list. And thank you for calling ahead before bringing donations. To make a financial gift, go to, call the office (509-525-2570) or email Anne-Marie ( Your gifts are an invaluable investment in women and families. You’re keeping the shelter open today and every day, as long as domestic violence exists in our society.