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National Women’s Martial Arts Federation
All of these hotlines are staffed 24-7 (unless noted). All can help you no matter what your concern is, whether it happened recently, a long time ago, or it is happening now. All can refer you to other resources if they don’t have what you need.
Provides individual and group counseling for survivors of sexual violence, along with training, public education, public policy initiatives and a 24-hour hotline.
Shelter and other services for abused women and their children.
Legal services and counseling for people in abusive relationships and victims of any type of crime.
202-742-1720 (not 24 hours)
Helps to prevent sexual assault, advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and works to hold offenders accountable.
Legal services, counseling, shelter, and more for women in abusive relationships.
Offers services and public advocacy for survivors.
Educational programs for teens and parents on healthy relationships, abusive relationships, and your legal rights.
Help for you, a friend, or your teen if you’re a parent.
National teen dating abuse hotline
Text: LOVEIS TO 22522
Resources, referrals, and counseling in dozens of languages. Can refer to local groups anywhere in the country.
Phone and online support and referrals to groups in your area.
Other places to get help + groups we love
Services to survivors in many languages.
Working to end sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking in DC’s Deaf community. Extensive services for survivors.
Working to end violence and its effects on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender-nonconforming and HIV-affected people. 24-hour hotline, referrals to local organizations, and more. (This is the national version of DC AVP above.)
Resources and support for those mistreated by the police.
A national organization based in DC. A great way for men and boys to get involved in stopping gender-based violence.
Empowering the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.
Dedicated to documenting and ending gender-based street harassment worldwide.