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Where to Find Help

UPDATED July 24, 2015

Advocates and Shelters

District of Columbia

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Included in this list are programs that can offer help/referrals to victims of abuse throughout the state. (If you find inaccurate contact information, please let us know at WomensLaw@nnedv.org.)

Advocates who work at local domestic violence or sexual assault programs can help victims who are in need of emotional support, help with making a plan to stay safe, accompaniment to court or to the police, and more.  On these pages, you will find contact information for non-profit statewide and local programs where you can find advocates; some of the local programs also provide shelter for domestic violence victims. You can click the “View All” to look through the complete list of organizations. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in court or to give you legal advice about your situation, go to our Finding a Lawyer page instead. 

Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
P.O. Box 14268
Washington, DC 20044
Phone: (202) 464-4477 (M-F, 10am - 6pm) Office
Web: http://www.dvrp.org
Email: info@dvrp.org
Provides services to survivors of domestic violence in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Their mission is to address, prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. Advocates speak Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Asian Women's Self-Help Association (ASHA)
P.O. Box 2084
Rockville, MD 20847
Phone: 888-417-2742 (toll-free, confidential helpline)
Web: http://www.ashaforwomen.org
Email: coordinator@ashaforwomen.org
Provides community based support to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes. Their services include a free and confidential helpline, emergency financial assistance, career counseling and employment advice, community outreach and educating service providers. They also serve DC residents.

Ayuda
6925B Willow Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Phone: (202) 387-4848
Web: http://www.ayuda.com
Offers holistic legal services and social services in a culturally-sensitive environment to low-income immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They can help with family law/domestic violence issues for D.C. residents or if the abuse occurred in D.C. For Maryland residents, they provide consultations only. (They have a separate office in Virginia.) They also help with immigration legal issues. For social services, they provide crisis intervention and comprehensive case management services, assisting clients with emergency and transitional shelter, food, clothing, medical and mental health care for themselves and their children, and individual or group therapy for DC’s immigrant residents who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia
6121 Lincolnia Road, Suite 303
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-658-9500
Phone: 800-828-1200 TTY- DV Helpline
Fax: 703-658-9522
Web: http://www.bhnv.org/
Email: info@bhnv.org
Provides temporary shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children (4-6 months max. stay). They provide case management, counseling, life skills trainings and legal services referrals. They accept undocumented women and serve DC residents.

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 299-1181
Fax: (202) 299-1193
Web: http://www.dccadv.org
Email: info@dccadv.org
DCCADV’s mission is to build a community where domestic violence is replaced with human dignity. They advance their mission through advocacy, community education, public policy, technical assistance and training, resource sharing and research.

D.C. Rape Crisis Center
5321 1st PI NE
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 232-0789
Fax: (202) 296-3586
Web: http://dcrapecrisiscenter.org/
Email: dcrcc@dcrcc.org
State Sexual Assault Coalition for the District of Columbia providing survivor-centered advocacy through therapeutic services, training and technical assistance, community education, public policy initiatives as well as volunteer opportunities.

DAWN - Deaf Abused Women's Network
5321 First Place NE
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: (202) 559-5366 Video Phone
Fax: (202) 742-1730
Web: http://www.deafdawn.org
Email: hotline@deafdawn.org
Provides advocacy, support, and referrals to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the deaf community, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind communities.

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
P.O. Box 91730
West Baptist Presbyterian Church on 400 I St. SW
Washington, DC 20090-1730
Phone: 202-462-3274
Fax: 202-462-3365
Web: http://dashdc.org/
Email: info@dashdc.org
Provides access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives.

Domestic Violence Intake Center, S.E.
United Medical Center
1328 Southern Avenue, S.E. Room 311
Washington, DC 20032
Phone: (202) 561-3000 Office
Web: http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_dvu/intake.jsf
Email: info@dcsafe.org
DVIC provides coordinated services to domestic violence survivors in the District of Columbia and partners with the other agencies to offer help. The Center in the Moultrie Courthouse processes all aspects of a case. The Greater Southeast Intake Center handles initial filings for Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) and motions and provides counseling and social service assistance to victims. The Greater Southeast Center processes Temporary Protection Orders (two week orders) via teleconferencing. The hearing for a the year long Civil Protection Order will take place at the Moultrie Courthouse.

Domestic Violence Intake Centers, N.W.
Main Office, D.C. Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Room 4550
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-0720
Web: http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_dvu/intake.jsf
DVIC provides coordinated services to domestic violence survivors in the District of Columbia and partners with the other agencies to offer help. The Center in the Moultrie Courthouse processes all aspects of a case. The Greater Southeast Intake Center handles initial filings for Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) and motions and provides counseling and social service assistance to victims. The Greater Southeast Center processes Temporary Protection Orders (two week orders) via teleconferencing. The hearing for a the year long Civil Protection Order will take place at the Moultrie Courthouse.

Fairfax County Women’s Shelter
P.O. Box 139
Herndon, VA 20172
Phone: (703) ) 281-2657
The Fairfax County Women’s Shelter provides counseling, advocacy, and community outreach. They provide services to DC residents.

House of Ruth
5 Thomas Circle, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 667-7001
Fax: (202) 667-7047
Web: http://www.houseofruth.org/
Email: houseofruth@houseofruth.org
They provide housing and services for women who are survivors of domestic violence and her children.

House of Ruth- Domestic Violence Support Center
5 Thomas Circle, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 667-7001
Fax: (202) 667-7047
Web: http://www.houseofruth.org/
Email: houseofruth@houseofruth.org
Free psychotherapy and case management services for survivors of domestic violence.

Jewish Women International
2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036
Hotline: (800) 343-2823
Phone: (202) 857-1300
Web: http://www.jewishwomen.org/
They various anti-violence initiatives that promote the highest form of tzedakah by helping women and children become independent and help themselves

La Clínica del Pueblo
2831 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4607
Phone: (202) 448-2851
Web: http://www.lcdp.org/our-services/community-health-action/womens-comprehensive-health
Email: dmolina@lcdp.org
Counseling and support for battered Hispanic and immigrant women. The Entre Amigas (Among Friends) program addresses Latina women’s roles as breadwinners, partners and mothers and focuses on issues such as reproductive health and domestic violence.

Mary's Center
2333 Ontario Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 420-7078
Phone: (844) 796-2797 (Appointments)
Web: http://www.maryscenter.org
Mary's Center has 3 clinics in DC and 2 in Maryland where they provide abuse screening, case management, and individual and/or group counseling to promote safety and self-sufficiency for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Their staff provides survivors of domestic violence with information on power and control, the effects of abuse on women and children, safety planning, and their rights. (Mary’s Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive medical, mental health, and social services. They accept most insurance plans and also operate on a sliding scale fee.)

My Sister's Place
P.O. Box 29596
Washington, DC 20017
Hotline: (202) 529-5991
Phone: (202) 529-5261 Office
Fax: (202) 529-5984
Web: http://www.mysistersplacedc.org/
Email: info@mysistersplacedc.org
Provides confidential 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and transitional-to-permanent housing, therapeutic children's programming, after-care services, residential and non-residential counseling and case-management, community outreach and education in English and Spanish.

National Center for Children and Families
6301 Greentree Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 365-4480 Office
Fax: (301) 365-2536
Web: http://www.nccf-cares.org/family-services/
Email: HBuckman@NCCF-Cares.org
They have a variety of programs including Betty's House which is a transitional housing program for immigrant women and their American-born children who are survivors of domestic violence. Betty’s House provides a safe, supportive environment that allows these women to work on obtaining legal documentation to provide permanency for their families. They also provide services for DC residents.

Ramona's Way
United Medical Center
1328 Southern Avenue, SE, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20032
Hotline: (202) 257-6790
Web: http://ramonas-way.org/#ramonasway
Email: ramonasway@aol.com
Ramona’s Way provides holistic services for women who abuse substances and who are also survivors of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse through support groups, crisis intervention and counseling.

Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.- N.W.
DC Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 4550
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-0720
Fax: (202) 879-1191
Web: http://www.dcsafe.org/
Email: info@dcsafe.org
Ensures the safety and self-determination for survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, DC area through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform.

Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.- S.E.
United Medical Center
1320 Southern Avenue, S.E., Room 311
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 561-3093
Fax: (202) 561-3093
Web: http://www.dcsafe.org/
Email: info@dcsafe.org
Ensures the safety and self-determination for survivors of domestic violence in the Washington, DC area through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform.

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