When you contact loveisrespect, we are going to do everything we can to help you improve your situation. One of the ways we do that is to refer you to resources that address your different needs. Our peer advocates will attempt to connect you to the most appropriate local, state or national groups available. Below are a few major national organizations that provide support and services.
Remember: no one ever deserves any kind of abuse, and if you feel like you’re in danger you absolutely have the right to call 911. If you don’t have a safe phone to use, this page has tips on reaching out for support. Some places do offer text-to-911 services as well.
Domestic Violence Services
Get support, crisis intervention, safety planning assistance and resource referrals for domestic violence victims and survivors by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Sexual Assault Services
A variety of sexual assault services, including legal services, can be found by contacting Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Child Abuse Services
Please note: although our services are confidential, everyone at loveisrespect is a mandatory reporter of child abuse and elder abuse. If an advocate is given identifying information about abuse of someone under 18 or over 65, or of an adult with a disability, like full names or addresses, we are required to report what we know to Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services.
Resource for legal advocacy, legal representation, court accompaniment, etc. are available at Women’s Law Initiative, Legal Services Corporation and The Legal Aid Society. At WomensLaw.org, you can look up dating violence statutes by state, as well as information about state laws regarding restraining orders. Legal Momentum explains some of the issues that affect workplace rights and equality, including sex discrimination & sexual harassment in the workplace.
National Runaway Safeline and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development can help you find youth shelters, transitional housing, etc. Social Serve is also worth looking into for income-based housing. The Salvation Army, YWCA, Homeless Shelter Directory and Women’s Shelter Directory are all organizations that can assist the homeless in finding safe places to sleep.
Access LGBTQ-friendly resources, services and support by contacting the Northwest Network, GLBT National Help Center and The Trevor Project. Other great resources are The GLBT Talkline at 1-888-843-4564 and GLBT Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-7743. For transgender folks in crisis, The Trans Lifeline is available by phone every day of the week at 877-565-8860.
If you’re having thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help. They’re available 24/7 by phone at 1-800-273-8255 and by chat. For similar crisis intervention, try chatting with I’m Alive, or you can text START to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
If you want information about and/or help with mental health issues (from eating disorders to addiction to self-harm and everything in between), you can call Reach Out at 1-800-448-3000 or check out Half of Us. 1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288) is the S.A.F.E. Alternatives information line.
Your Life Your Voice is another organization that supports teens and young adults experiencing crises like bullying, abuse from family members, depression, gang violence, or other overwhelming situations. They’re available by phone, chat, text and email.
For parents with questions, Parenting.org from BoysTown can be a helpful resource.
The Polaris Project operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.