Counseling & Support Group Resources
If you are in need of counseling or support groups:
YWCA Kalamazoo Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counseling & Support Groups
Offers free support to survivors of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault in a one-on-one or group setting. Support Groups are offered in the evenings during the work week in both English and Spanish.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Kalamazoo County
Offers support to community members who desire to stop drinking. For more information on where to find a meeting near you, contact the 24 Hour Meeting Information Line: (269) 349-4410.
Family and Children Services
The Family and Children Services Counseling Center offers support and counseling to children and families. Insurance and managed care reimbursement, including Medicaid HMOs and Medicare, are accepted.
Gryphon Place: 211
Looking for a specific type of counseling but can’t find it here? Contact 211 for answers and information.
The Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center offers a twelve-step program for those who are impacted by addiction. This group is open to the public and is held on Sundays at 6:00pm at The Resource Center.
Find a therapist that fits your needs on Psychology Today.
Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan Inc.
Offers peer-to-peer support groups and recovery skills. View their Community Resources pages to find more information on the services you may be searching for.
Crisis and Hotline Response Resources
If you are a survivor of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault and need assistance:
YWCA Kalamazoo 24-hour Crisis Line: (269) 385-3587
All Police Departments in the Kalamazoo, MI Area: 911
Borgess Emergency and Trauma Center: (269) 226-7000
Bronson Trauma and Emergency Care: (269) 341-7654
Legal & Law Enforcement Information: http://www.courtsystem.org
Is what you need not listed here? Call 211 for answers and information.
Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Safety Plan
Safety planning can save lives. Remember, these are ideas not suggestions or advice. Each victim/survivor knows best what would be most effective in use with her/his assailant. Trusting what a victim/survivor knows and believes will be helpful in determining the best safety plan. Please feel free to call the YWCA of Kalamazoo if you have any questions or need additional information, (269) 385-3587.
View the YWCA Kalamazoo’s Domestic Violence Safety Plan:
- English: Domestic Violence Safety Plan (PDF 108KB)
- Española: Violencia Domestica Plan de Seguridad (PDF 53KB)
Early Warning Signs
Abuse of women and men is a serious problem in the United States and occurs among all classes and races of people. Domestic assault can happen to anyone. One way to protect yourself from becoming a victim is to know and watch for warning signs.
Power and Control Wheel
The Power and Control Wheel is a tool to help understand the overall pattern of abusive behavior in violent relationships. Tactics in this wheel are used by the batterer in order to maintain power and control in a relationship.
View the YWCA USA’s Power and Control Wheel.
For more information about Domestic Violence:
Infant Mortality Resources
Interested in learning more about Cradle Kalamazoo, the multi-agency infant mortality initiative? Visit the Cradle Kalamazoo website to learn more.
Racial Justice Resources
Anti-Racism Trainings deal specifically with racism and Racial Justice issues. Learn more about these issues at the following organizations.
- Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
- Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity (ERACCE)
- Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations
- Society for History and Racial Equity
- Western Michigan Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Sexual Assault Resources
Child Abuse Presentations
“Kids Are Special” Pre-School Education Program (facilitated by KCAN) Presentation: (Ages 3-6) The “Kids Are Special” Program is an age appropriate free program facilitated by Kalamazoo Child Abuse and Neglect Council (KCAN). Kids Are Special is developed for young children to learn short, simple techniques to protect themselves when in unsafe situations. Children learn they have a right to be safe. The “Kids Are Special” Program builds self-esteem and teaches kids to say “NO” to those “tricky” adults who practice bad touch and also other children who may bully them. To learn more about this program for preschoolers, or to find out when the next event will be held, please call the Kalamazoo CAN office at (269) 552-4430.
For more information about Sexual Assault:
- Kalamazoo College – Student Sexual Assault Misconduct Guide
- Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
- Western Michigan University – Sexual Assault Prevention and Education