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Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233

If you are not in a safe place to talk, you can text the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Text LOVEIS to 22522.

 

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP): 240-777-1355

VASAP is doing virtual and telephone meetings for survivors and victims of sexual assault. VASAP does not provide crisis services. If you are experiencing an urgent crisis, call the Montgomery County Crisis Center at (240) 777-4000 or call 911. 

 

Montgomery County Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters 

In Montgomery County, Maryland survivors and victims of domestic violence seeking emergency shelter must go through the Montgomery County Crisis Center. Call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000 or walk-in at 1301 Piccard Dr, Rockville, MD 20850.

 

DC Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters

DC’s process for providing shelter is challenging to navigate. Your safest option in a crisis is to seek immediate assistance at a DC police station or emergency room. Most DC shelters require an intake, as well as a referral process. If you are not in an urgent situation and still in the information-gathering phase, the following numbers may prove helpful: 

  • DC Victim Hotline: 844-443-5732
  • DC Shelter Hotline: 202-399-7093
  • House of Ruth: 202-667-7001
  • My Sister’s Place: 202-529-5261
  • Calvary Women’s Services: 202-678-2341

Victim Legal Network of DC
VLNDC is conducting intakes by phone at (202) 629-1788) or online via intake form. VLNDC provides victims of crime with access to legal service organizations that can provide legal help with a variety of issues including family law, Civil Protection Orders, immigration, crime victims’ rights and compensation. 

Network for Victim Recovery of DCNVRDC is conducting legal intakes, providing brief legal advice, and connecting victims to advocates via phone at (202) 742-1727. Clients should leave a voicemail and calls will be returned. 

Sexual assault forensic medical exams (also known as “rape kits”): Advocates are still responding to the hospital for those exams. Sexual assault victims may access these services by calling the DC Victim Hotline 24/7/ at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or access the online chat here

 

Information for Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors about COVID-19, as provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 

Abuse is about power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently, an abuser can use any tool to exert control over their victim, including a national health concern such as COVID-19. In a time where companies may be encouraging that their employees work remotely, and the CDC is encouraging “social distancing,” an abuser may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control.

Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. 
  • Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.

Montgomery County

https://www.mdlab.org/

Online and phone intakes are still being conducted.
Go here for more information on individual office numbers/hours, and for a link to do an online intake.

Lawyers continue to work remotely. Go here to submit a question, or call the helpline: 1-877-88-JCADA(52232)

https://ayuda.com/ayudas-services-covid-19/

Continues to provide services by telephone for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or stalking and for those seeking family law or social services:

Takoma, DC: 202-387-4848
Virginia: 703-444-7009
Maryland: 240-594-0600

Telephonic brief advice and consultations (DC, MD, VA): 571-282-6161

Telephone intake and referrals: (202) 350-4305
For intake hours go here.

Assistance geared to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities (assistance with legal issues, education, housing, health services, etc.)
410-727-6352
1-800-233-7201 (Toll free)

Maryland - Statewide

https://www.mdlab.org/

Online and phone intakes are still being conducted.
Go here for more information on individual office numbers/hours, and for a link to do an online intake.

House of Ruth – List of What is Open/Closed Due to COVID-19

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

List of Domestic Violence Resources

JCADA, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse – Lawyers continue to work remotely. Go here to submit a question, or call the helpline: 1-877-88-JCADA(52232)

AYUDA – Continues to provide services by telephone for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or stalking and for those seeking family law or social services: 

Takoma, DC: 202-387-4848
VA: 703-444-7009
MD: 240-594-0600

Tahirih Justice Center
Telephonic brief advice and consultations (DC, MD, VA) – 571-282-6161

Telephone intake and referrals: (202) 350-4305
For intake hours go here.

Assistance geared to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities (assistance with legal issues, education, housing, health services, etc.)
410-727-6352
1-800-233-7201 (Toll free)

HopeWorks – Howard County’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center

Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc. Domestic Violence Program

Grassroots Crisis Intervention – Multi-service crisis intervention center

Washington, D.C.

Sign up for DC Alerts here.

 

Legal Aid Society of DC: conducting new case intakes online or by phone at 202-628-1161 for issues related to domestic violence, child support, housing, or public benefits.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

Beginning March 16, their Walk-In Clinics have temporarily changed to Call-In Clinics with expanded hours. Monday to Friday 9AM-5PM, (202) 425-7573 (Se habla español). Available to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and to caregivers of at-risk children. Clients can receive brief legal advice regarding Civil Protection Orders, custody, child support, and immigration issues.

Network for Victim Recovery of DCNVRDC is conducting legal intakes, providing brief legal advice, and connecting victims to advocates via phone at (202) 742-1727. Clients should leave a voicemail and calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Sexual assault forensic medical exams (also known as “rape kits”): Advocates are still responding to the hospital for those exams. If you need a forensic medical exam, please call the DC Victim Hotline 24/7/ at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or access the online chat here.

Metro: Limited Service – see WMATA COVID-19 Service Status Updates 

DC Circulator – suspending fares  (DCist.com)

Substance Abuse Recovery Resources

Virtual Support for Acute Mental Health Concerns:

Support Via Text
Crisis Counselors are available for free via TEXT! Text HOME to 741741 to connect directly with a counselor. You do not have to disclose your name to receive assistance.

Support Via Phone
You can reach free support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

DC Acute Mental Health Services:

DC Comprehensive Emergency Psychiatric
Walk-in crisis services, 24/7: 1905 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003
For immediate assistance via phone, contact their offices at (202) 673-9319.

DC Community Response Team: 202-673-6495
This team, provided through the DC Department of Behavioral Health, can either dispatch to the location of the person experiencing a crisis, or offer guidance on appropriate next steps.

 

Montgomery County Acute Mental Health Services:

Montgomery County 24 Hour Crisis Center 240-777-4000
Montgomery County Crisis Center IS remaining open, although their mobile response team is not offering services. You can still reach the center 24 hours a day at 240-777-4000. Additionally, they are offering in-person services at 1301 Piccard Drive in Rockville (no appointment needed).

Montgomery County ACCESS to Behavioral Health and Crisis Service is NOT offering services to new clients at this time. Instead, call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000.

 

Addiction and Recovery Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meetings 

Alcoholics Anonymous Phone Meetings 

Herren Project Online Support Groups 

TherapyTribe Online Groups

 

Podcasts: 

Recovery Audio

Sober Speak

For Parents

Co-Parenting

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Resources for Children During School Closures

Explaining COVID-19 to Kids

Other Resources

Court Information

Maryland - Statewide

Maryland Courts of Appeal

Montgomery County

Washington, D.C.

Local News

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