Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center


In 1980, Friends of Yates received a grant from the Governor’s Committee on Criminal Administration and also from United Way to open the first and only battered women’s shelter in Wyandotte County.  Within 24 hours of its opening, the shelter had reached capacity. 


Friends of Yates, Inc. is a participant of the collaboration of shelters known as the Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition (MFVC), which represents six domestic violence programs in the Greater Metropolitan Area. 


The Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center is dedicated to providing a safe, warm and caring environment to victims of domestic violence.  Our supportive services promote and empower domestic violence victims in establishing “violence free” lives. 


 The goal of the Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center is to build a coalition among service providers that will promote effective communication and ensure quality comprehensive services to victims; while supporting and affirming ideas that empower victims of domestic violence.  Our center offers an opportunity for victims to take full advantage of regaining their lives without the threat of violence or feeling as if they are unsafe and alone.  We provide for many victims a sense of serenity and peace for what seems to be the first time.


Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center is unlike any other program.  Our caring staff will embrace you and your children as you work to recover.


Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center offers:

Safety and supportive services to women and their dependent children

  • Individual and group counseling

  • Strength based case management

  • Substance abuse counseling

  • Housing and job assistance

  • What you should know about Domestic Violence

  •  * At least one in every three women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life.

    * Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

    * On average, more than three women are murdered by their intimate partner in the United States every day.

    * 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

    * Injuries from domestic violence exceed the number of injuries from rape, robbery and automobile accidents combined.

    * As many as 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year.

    * One in five high school girls are physically or sexually abused by their dating partner.

  • Download the Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center Brochure