YWCA Pathways Program
The YWCA Pathways Program offers 24-hour response to those who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Services include crisis counseling through the 24-hour crisis line and/or in-person peer counseling; safe shelter; support groups; in-house licensed therapist; referrals to community resources; and legal, personal and medical advocacy.
The emotional aftermath following rape or assault can feel overwhelming. It may be difficult to figure out what next steps to take and how to navigate the medical and legal systems. The YWCA Pathways Program is committed to providing a safe place to think through the first steps of the healing process and to find support. Survivors of sexual and domestic violence will be offered emotional support, information and referrals to aid healing.
24-hour crisis line
- Staffed by advocates who offer emotional support, information and referrals, and in-person peer counseling.
- Advocates are available to provide in-person support at the YWCA office, 1130 W. Broadway.
- Walk-in hours: Monday–Thursday noon – 4 p.m.; Friday noon – 5 p.m.; or by appointment.
Support navigating social, legal, medical and criminal justice systems
- Advocates provide support and information as needed to help navigate social, legal, medical and criminal justice systems.
First Step Resource Center Response
- Advocates are available to respond to First Step 24/7.
- Advocates provide emotional support and referrals.
- 60-day program.
- Available for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence or in danger due to a sexual assault or stalking. (Lodging also available for male survivors in an off-site location.)
- Service area:
- Missoula County
- Southern Lake County
- Mineral County
- Parts of Ravalli County
- Granite County
- Outside of our service area, we may be able to offer short-term shelter (2 weeks) if space allows.
- Children’s advocates available to provide services specifically for children and support for mothers.
- Weekly, open support groups for female survivors of domestic violence.
- Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway.
- Closed sexual assault support groups.
- 8- to 10-week group sessions offered twice/year.
- Closed support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Offered once/year.
- Facilitated by a licensed clinical psychologist.
LONG-TERM ADVOCACY AS NEEDED
Advocates provide ongoing support to help navigate social, legal, medical and criminal justice systems.