Places that Help: California
Included in this list are shelters and local programs that provide support, counseling, safety planning, and other services to victims of abuse. If you cannot get help from the organization nearest you, you might want to try calling one in a neighboring county. (Have a suggestion or correction? Contact us!)
Please note that we list the organizations by the county where the office is located – however, many offices serve multiple counties. 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.
A Safe Place
Office: (510) 986-8600
Provides services for victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis and referral line, an emergency shelter program (up to 8 weeks stay), an interim motel program (if the space in the shelter is full), and other supportive services.
Alameda County District Attorney's Victim–Witness Assistance Division
1225 Fallon Street, Room 900
Oakland, CA 94612
The Victim–Witness Assistance Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office provides a variety of services for crime victims, witnesses, and their families as they work through the emotional trauma of their victimization. Information is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Farsi.
Bay Area Women Against Rape
(510) 845-7273 English and Spanish 24-hour Hotline
For persons in Alameda County who are dealing with the trauma of a sexual assault, we offer the services they need the most, experienced counseling and advocacy 24-hours per day. For the survivor we have a listener who will not judge, criticize, or be easily shocked. In-person counseling, accompaniment, advocacy, and support during the medical and judicial processes complete our response to the needs of the sexual assault survivor.
Building Futures with Women and Children
(866) A-WAY-OUT (292-9688)
Services include emergency shelters, case management, assistance with housing and employment and follow-up care.
DeafHope provides crisis intervention services including peer counseling about DVSV, support groups, systems advocacy and referral to DVSV legal services and shelter. As we are often in court or in the field, DeafHope services are available by appointment. A member of our team is in the office every Tuesday from 10-12p for drop in services.
Family Violence Law Center
Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) offers complete services to residents of Alameda County, California, who are experiencing domestic violence. Services include: crisis support, transportation, emergency shelter, and legal and police advocacy. The legal team can provide assistance to file a restraining order, a child custody/visitation order, and child support order. FVLC provides free attorney representation for some cases. FVLC offers child counseling, help you keep your future address confidential, and may be able to connect clients to financial assistance to help them get back on their feet. All of FVLC's services are available free of charge.
Provides a culturally-sensitive domestic violence helpline and advocacy, support, information, and referral services for South Asian women in the Bay Area, Northern California, and Central California.
Shelter Against Violent Environments/S.A.V.E.
Services include: 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, advocacy programs, medical outreach, counseling, support groups, children’s program, teen dating violence program, community education and workplace violence education.
Tri-Valley Haven for Women
Hotline: (925) 449-5842 or (800) 884-8119
(925) 449-5845 ext 2718 D.V. group
Services include: 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, support group, counseling and other advocacy programs.
Alpine County District Attorney - Victim / Witness Assistance Program
17300 Hwy 89
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 248)
Markleeville, CA 96120
(530) 694-2971 Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00
The Alpine County's Victim / Witness Assistance Program offers a wide variety of assistance to victims and witnesses of crime. Trained advocates can provide support through the court process and will keep you informed about the status of a criminal case. Advocates may also assist victims with submitting requests for restitution, filing claims for Victims of Crime compensation, and much more.
Amador County District Attorney's Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Hours: M-F 8-5, some services available online. The Victim/Witness Assistance program offers the following assistance: orientation to the criminal justice system, case status/disposition, victim impact statements, court escorts, crisis intervention, restitution assistance, victim compensation claims.
(209) 223-2600 or (800) 675-3392
Provides domestic violence and sexual assault support services including: 24-hour crisis line, advocacy, support groups, prevention and education, safe house, counseling, youth programs and referrals.
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