For women and children escaping domestic violence, Becky’s House offers a safe haven for victims to improve their economic status, achieve self-sufficiency and ultimately transform their lives. The program encompasses a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, an emergency shelter and four transitional housing communities along with supportive services including counseling, legal, financial, housing, and employment resources.
Becky’s House 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 619.234.3164
The Vi McKinney Becky’s House Shelter is a 30-day refuge for women and children in need of immediate protection from domestic violence. The emergency shelter offers a safe, confidential, temporary home where women and children can begin to heal, recover, and rebuild their lives.
Becky’s House Transitional Housing comprises three, 18-month transitional living communities for victims of domestic violence. The program provides women with the resources they need to break the cycle of violence, gain self-worth, and secure employment and permanent housing.
Becky’s House Transitions is a one-year transitional housing program for families who are survivors of domestic violence. The YWCA partners with landlords to place a qualified client as a tenant, lease the apartment for one year, and work closely with the family to live independently. The program includes life skills training, unit inspections and periodic communications with the landlord to ensure a successful tenancy. Ultimately, families “transition in place” by assuming the lease upon completion of our program.
Case management is a critical component of the YWCA’s strategy to assist women and families in recovering from the trauma of domestic violence. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and their family to design an individualized plan to achieve their goals.
Intensive group therapy sessions cover the cycle of domestic violence, self-esteem and assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and techniques to manage anger and stress. Individual counseling, as needed, is also provided.
The YWCA legal team provides support services free of charge, including temporary restraining orders, legal separation and divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault to Becky’s House clients and underserved women in the community.
Building economic security is a core component of the Becky’s House Program. Staffed by an Employment Development Manager and a Career Counselor, the YWCA Career Center offers assistance with resume writing and job search, as well as intership placement to gain valuable experience and hands-on skills.
Abusers often use financial resources as a method of control, including limiting access to money, prohibiting employment, destroying credit, and other tactics. The Becky’s House Program helps survivors of domestic violence gain critical financial knowledge, skills and resources.
Children who witness domestic violence act similarly to children who have been physically abused, exhibiting symptoms such as depression, anger, low self esteem, confusion, withdrawal from personal contact with others, and guilt and shame. Enrichment activites offer a variety of therapeutic, social and educational programs to address the specific needs of children, including weekly reading groups and tutoring sessions, as well as visits to libraries, museums, parks, and community events. Proven to be an effective method healing, visual and creative arts opportunities are designed to encourage self expression through music, art, creative writing, and performance projects.
The YWCA’s Becky’s House has the largest number of emergency shelter and transitional housing beds in the county, with 47 and 138 respectively, for women and children escaping domestic violence.
The YWCA operates the only domestic violence shelter that accepts clients at all hours of the day and night, 365 days a year.
Professional staff incorporate knowledge of trauma in all aspects of service delivery, enhancing healing and facilitating recovery.
All children in our shelter and transitional housing programs receive specialized services to overcome the trauma they have experienced. Family members are never separated by gender or age.
The YWCA of San Diego County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, HIV/AIDS status, family care status, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation or any other basis protected by State or Federal laws. When necessary, YWCA also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled clients.