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Becky's House® Domestic Violence Program

For women, men, 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 30-60 day refuge for women, men, and children in need of immediate protection from domestic violence. The emergency shelter offers a safe, confidential, temporary home where victims can begin to heal, recover, and rebuild their lives.

Becky’s House Transitional Housing comprises three 12-18 month transitional living communities for victims of domestic violence. The program provides survivors with the resources they need to break the cycle of violence, gain self-worth, secure employment, and permanent housing.

Becky’s House Transitions is a one-year transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence. 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
Case management is a critical component of each survivor's process within our program. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and their family to design an individualized plan to achieve their goals.

Individual and group therapy sessions cover topics such as the cycle of domestic violence, self-esteem and assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and techniques to manage anger and stress.

Legal Assistance
YWCA provides free legal services on family law matters, including restraining orders, divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues, to our residential clients and survivors of domestic violence throughout San Diego County.

Employment Development
Building economic security is a core component of the Becky’s House program. Staffed by professional career counselors, our Career Center offers assistance with resume writing and job search, as well as intership placement to gain valuable experience and hands-on skills. 

Financial Literacy
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’s Services
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.

A Distinctive Program

Our Becky’s House domestic violence program has the largest number of emergency and transitional housing beds in the county for survivors of domestic violence. 

YWCA operates the only domestic violence shelter in San Diego County 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 to enhance healing and facilitate 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.

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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.