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In their Spread Love DC Guide, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence stated “we are all impacted by domestic violence, and it’s the responsibility of everyone in our community to promote safety, respect and accountability.” With an average of nearly 20 people per minute in the United States experiencing physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, we strongly agree.

Sex educators are in a unique position to combat domestic violence. In conversations about pleasure, we must emphasize ongoing consent, communication, boundaries and healthy relationships. When we educate others we must offer information that is sensitive and inclusive of survivors. Every chance we get, we must speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault.

In commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, survivors, service providers, advocates and allies across the nation are participating in activities to raise awareness. Below is a list of resources. Keep in mind that it is by no means comprehensive.

If you cannot find the resources you need here, or you are in crisis, please call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.



4350 E. Camelback Road, Bldg F250

Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Phone: 480-922-8212

National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453


Runs the National Child Abuse Helpline, which can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-422-4453. They talk to people of all ages who have experienced parental abuse. Their website also offers downloadable resources and a directory of their partner organizations.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

PO Box 161810

Austin, Texas 78716

Phone: 512-453-8117

Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224


Runs the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Offers a directory of state coalitions and national, LGBT specific and teen specific organizations for victims and survivors. They also offer other resources such as statistics, downloadable materials and PSAs.

The Network/La Red

PO Box 6011

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Phone: 617-695-0877

Hotline (Voice): 617-742-4911

Hotline (TTY): 617-227-4911


A survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Offers emotional support, information, and safety planning through national 24-hour hotline.

National Network to End Domestic Violence

1400 16th St NW, Suite 330

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-543-5566


Cross-sector collaborations and corporate partnerships allows them to support victims of domestic violence who are escaping abusive relationships. Website offers fact sheets, steps of identifying abuse, safety planning tips and more.

The Recovery Village
633 Umatilla Blvd. Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone: 352-771-2700

The Recovery Village is a network of rehabilitation facilities that offers comprehensive treatment for substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions as well as resources for domestic abuse victims and witnesses.

Metropolitan Area

Ayuda, Inc.: Immigration

6925B Willow Street NW

Washington, DC 20012

D.C./Maryland Office: 202-387-4848

Virginia Office: 703-444-7009


Provides assistance with temporary and civil protection orders, divorce, child custody, child support and social services. Provides legal representation in deportation, political asylum, and naturalization. Provides assistance with self-petition for battered immigrant women. Languages include Spanish, French, and Polish. There is a $15 fee. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Intake Clinic accepts 30 people Monday and Thursday at 9:00AM, first come first serve.

District of Columbia

DC Coalition Against Domestic

5 Thomas Circle, NW

Washington, DC 20005


Email: [email protected]


The federally-recognized statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, organizations and individuals working towards eliminating domestic violence in Washington, D.C. Their resource directory offers a list of emergency and transitional resources for victims of domestic violence. You can access the directory here.


Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

4601 Presidents Dr.Ste. 370

Lanham, Maryland 20706

Phone: 301-429-3601

Statewide Helpline: 1-800-MD-HELPS (1-800-634-3577)

Email: [email protected]


A coalition of victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals working to reduce intimate partner and family violence in Maryland. Operates statewide helpline. Provides education, training, resources, and advocacy. Website lists housing, legal, counseling and advocacy resources for survivors, their family and friends, service providers and abusers. Access their resource directory here.


The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

5008 Monument Avenue, Suite A

Richmond, Virginia 23230

Phone: 804-377-0335

Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 1-800-838-8238 or text 804-793-9999

LGBTQ Partner Abuse & Sexual Assault Helpline: Call 1-866-356-6998 or text 804-793-9999

Email: [email protected]


Advocacy, membership organization. Runs statewide Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline and the LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline.

Offers resources in Spanish and English for survivors, their friends and providers.


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