The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We embody this mission by providing help and hope to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in central Oklahoma.
YWCA Oklahoma City provides healing and hope to domestic and sexual violence clients and their children. We could not provide these services without the generous support of donors, volunteers and our community partners. One-time or monthly donations can be made on our secure website at ywcaokc.org. If you are interested in future donations through planned giving, we can help you there as well. Donations also can be mailed to YWCA Oklahoma City, 2460 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. YWCA’s resale shop "Our Sisters' Closet" provides clothing and household goods for the women, children and men in our emergency shelter. Donations of gently-used household or clothing items are greatly appreciated. YWCA hosts four special events every year: Purple Sash Gala, Women Who Care Share Luncheon, Engaging Men Breakfast and the 2 Minute 5k Run to raise awareness about sexual assault. To attend or receive information about event sponsorship opportunities please contact Sami Grega at (405) 951-3333. Volunteers provide a wide range of essential skilled services and overall support for YWCA. More than 400 people volunteered at YWCA in FY16 providing more than 35,000 hours of service to our client and programs. We could always use more help. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please call (405) 951-3388.
YWCA proudly opened the new Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter in 2015. This state-of-the-art building provides safety, care and clinical services to women and children as they rebuild their lives and work toward regaining their freedom from violence. The 27,000 square-foot shelter has 35 rooms, therapeutic facilities for adults and children, modern food service facilities and family rooms that provide full-service care to between 75 and 95 people every day. With the opening of the new emergency shelter, we were able to significantly increase the number of people we were able to help, saving lives and reducing domestic violence crimes in our community. YWCA OKC has a history of successful outcomes for programs that serve victims of crime. This is evidenced by certification with commendation from the Office of the Attorney General and our certification through CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). We are frequently asked to share our expertise with intersecting agencies such as DHS, law enforcement, medical facilities, hospitals, which in turn creates systemic change for victims. Our community outreach events continue to grow in attendance and raise money for those in need. Our events include, 2 Minute 5k, Our annual Purple Sash Gala, the Engaging Men breakfast, and our Women Who Care Share Luncheon. We also were able to provide information to 135,926 individuals through outreach events, media, trainings and special events as we educate our community about domestic violence and how they can donate, volunteer or seek services if they are in need. Our goals for the future include increasing grant funding and development efforts to meet the financial needs incurred with the opening of the new shelter. We also have new website, mobile app and texting technology in development now to increase our ability to communicate with domestic and sexual violence victims and provide easy access to those wishing to donate or volunteer.
The women, children and men we serve often come to us with just the clothes on their backs. We provide food, clothing, shelter, programs and services at no charge to the client. These needs, and all operational costs have increased threefold with the opening of our new emergency shelter because we are offering emergency services to a significantly larger number of people. We rely on the support of governmental grants, organizational grants as well as donations of our community to continue operating. Because of the downturn in the energy industry, one of the largest industries in Oklahoma, the local economy has also seen a sustained slump. This significantly impacts local philanthropy on corporate and individual levels causing our organization to see a significant reduction in donations. To adjust to this financial reality, YWCA has worked to increase event attendance; targeted donation drives in new areas; and increase donor and community engagement to attract a larger pool of support. Without the constant support of the community and grants received through monetary donations we would not be able to continue providing the life saving services that are desperately needed.
Protecting Oklahoma City families and reducing violence in our community are more than just a vision for our organization, These themes are woven through the work we do 24-hours a day. By serving domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims, we break the cycle that perpetrates violence, and empower new beginnings for women, children and men.
YWCA employees are uniquely qualified to provide the services domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims need. As we continue the daily pursuit to deliver this care and fulfill our ever-relevant mission, ‘eliminating racism, empowering women’, we know we are saving lives.
Because of the enduring support of our community partners, and the hard work of our board and staff, we are reaching new heights and meeting the needs of our community.
Janet L. Peery
YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Services programs provide residential services, together with a wide array of wrap-around, multiculturally competent and trauma-informed supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Supportive services include crisis intervention, safety planning, case management/advocacy, educational and support groups and individual trauma counseling. Programs include emergency domestic violence shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, trauma counseling, education and support groups, court advocacy and community outreach. Programs are certified by the Office of the Attorney General.
YWCA Oklahoma City Sexual Assault Services programs include: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) which provides forensic examinations following a sexual assault; sexual assault advocacy program; sexual assault support groups; and the sexual assault trauma counseling program. All programs are certified by the Office of the Attorney General.
YWCA Oklahoma City non-crisis services include: the economic empowerment program, which provides job skills training, financial literacy job search assistance and prevention education program, which provides dating violence/rape prevention education in local schools.
Domestic violence and sexual assault are epidemics plaguing the United States and our local community. These crimes impact public safety, intrude on the right to feel safe, and bring a long list of negative effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) women are disproportionately affected by the crimes of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking. Findings are that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
Oklahomans know this violence all too well. The CDC cites the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner is greater for Oklahoma women than in any other state. Regarding sexual violence, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) found that 25% of Oklahoma women experience rape in their lifetime and 48% of Oklahoma women have experienced other sexual violence. Sadly, the Violence Policy Center ranks Oklahoma 4th in the nation for women killed by men in single offender, single incident homicides. According to the 2015 Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (DVFRB) report, Oklahoma experienced the tragic and unnecessary loss of 93 women, men and children to domestic violence, 15 of whom lived in Oklahoma County.
Adults and children who experience the trauma of domestic violence and/or sexual assault suffer negative physical and psychological consequences. This can include repeating the cycle of violence as a victim or perpetrator; pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; drug or substance abuse problems/addictions to cope; inability to focus; and unaddressed trauma symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. Research shows that without appropriate domestic violence and sexual assault services, adults and children will continue to live in fear. This creates the unfortunate opportunity for future generations to be exposed to the cycle of violence.
L. Peery serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the YWCA Oklahoma City,
where she has provided leadership for the past nineteen years. She is a
Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional (CDSVRP), and has
been instrumental in establishing the YWCA as a leading provider of domestic
violence and sexual assault services in Oklahoma.
her tenure, “Jan” established the YWCA SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
program, paving the way for the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) for
Oklahoma County. She helped establish the YWCA’s Dating Violence Prevention
Education Program, Domestic Violence Education for Incarcerated Women, and the
Oklahoma County Task Force for the Prevention of Family Violence.
is a founding member of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, and currently serves on
the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, OCU
Meinders School of Business, the Governor’s State Advisory Group on Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of
Commerce, Legislative Co-Chair for the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault, member of the Board of Directors for Mount Saint
Mary High School and Co-Chair for the Jim Thorpe Patient Advisory Council. She
has served on the Board for the Homeless Alliance and various regional and
national committees. She is a proud member of LOKC Class XXIV and Rotary Club
ability to work collaboratively with the District Attorney’s Office, the
Department of Corrections, medical and forensic agencies and local and state
law enforcement agencies, helping to establish programs and services vital to
the community and to the safety of women and children, has earned her numerous awards
Of all her accomplishments, Jan is most proud of
her family: Husband, Greg; their four
children, Mark, Chad (deceased), Jill and Samantha; and their eight
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