Places that Help: Federal
Updated: November 14, 2019
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Department of Defense ("DoD") Safe Helpline
The Department of Defense (“DoD”) Safe Helpline offers crisis support service for members of the DoD (military) community affected by sexual assault. It provides live, one-on-one advice, support, and information to the worldwide DoD community over the phone or through a live-chat feature online. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 – providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.
Legal Momentum takes a select number of cases per year, including cases regarding Title IX and also provides referrals to victims. Victims must fill out a legal assistance form found here. Legal Momentum also provides information about immigration and support to lawyers representing battered women in immigration cases.
MaleSurvivor provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of Hope, Healing, & Support. Services include: online discussion forums for male survivors and their partners, online therapist directory, professionally facilitated healing retreats and workshops for survivors, and training for professional across disciplines.
Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center
Parents for Megan’s Law, Inc. is a national community and victim’s rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, policy and legislative support services. They are a certified Rape Crisis Center and staff the National Megan’s Law Hotline and the National Sex Offender Registration Tips Program.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in both English and Spanish (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. You can find their live chat by clicking here.
Take Back the Night Foundation
The Take Back the Night Foundation offers free legal assistance to survivors of rape and sexual assault. To request legal assistance, please click here.
VictimConnect Resource Center (a program of NCVC)
Phone or text: 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)
The VictimConnect Resource Center is a place for victims of all crime to learn about their rights and options, confidentially and compassionately. VictimConnect can be accessed anywhere in the United States through a traditional telephone-based helpline and innovative text and online chat services Monday through Friday. Services are available in English and Spanish and interpreters for more than 200 languages can be accessed. Victim assistance specialists help people who reach out find appropriate national, local, or online resources. Additionally, victimconnect.org has information regarding types of crime, crime statistics, and maintains a searchable online directory for crime victim service providers. VictimConnect is a program of The National Center for Victims of Crime. Contact VictimConnect by chat here.
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