If you, a friend, a family member or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, or physical or emotional abuse, resources are available:
Contact the police at 911 if you believe you or your loved one is in immediate danger.
Call this 24-hour Philadelphia domestic violence hotline (866) 723-3014 to get help for yourself or someone else. This line is operated by Women Against Abuse.
Take this brief, confidential quiz if you think you might be in an abusive relationship. (There is a quick safety exit button on the quiz).
Women Organized Against Rape
(215) 985-3315 or Call the 24-hour help line: 215-985-3333
Counseling for adults, teens and children affected by sexual violence including sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape/date rape and incest.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization.
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline
1-866-331-9474 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522.
Department of Defense Safe Helpline – Military Sexual Assault
This crisis support service is available to any member of the Department of Defense community affected by sexual assault. You can click, call, or text to get anonymous one-on-one advice, support, and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or find more resources from the VA here.
Whether you are in an abusive relationship, or if you are worried about a friend, resources here can help you get accurate information and the help you need.
No Cost / Low Cost Legal Aid
Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Latina DV Program
(215) 763-8870, North Philadelphia
Limited Family Law and domestic violence legal help available.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled
215-587-3350, Center City
Provides free legal services to low-income individuals with disabilities.
Senior Law Center
Provides statewide free legal advice, counseling and information on civil legal matters to seniors 60 years old and older.
Women Against Abuse
(215) 686-7082, Center City
Free legal advocacy and representation for relationship violence-related legal matters including: Protection from Abuse (PFA) Orders, child custody and child support.
PLA helps clients maintain custody of their children and protect themselves and their children from violence. The Family Law Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance is OPEN during the pandemic.
Family Law Hotline: 215-981-3838 for help Monday – Thursday, 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
The Temple Legal Aid Office provides free legal representation in civil law matters to qualifying, low-income, Philadelphia residents. The Legal Aid Office frequently helps clients with issues related to Family law (child and spousal custody and support, kinship adoption, etc.)
Mazzoni Center’s legal services department, is the only program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that specifically provides direct no-cost or low-cost legal assistance to low-income and lower-income, underserved LGBTQ populations.
The Women’s Law Project provides free information and guidance on many issues including those related to reproductive health, paid leave, domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, and sex and gender discrimination in schools, the workplace, and other institutions.
Women In Transition
(215) 751-1111, Center City
In person and phone counseling in Spanish/English for women affected by domestic violence and/or substance use.
Lutheran Settlement House Bilingual Domestic Violence Program
(215) 426-8610 ext. 1236, Fishtown and Hartranft
Individual/group counseling in Spanish/English for all survivors including men and teens. LSH is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. The Bilingual Domestic Violence Program provides free, quality counseling services for victims and survivors of domestic and dating abuse regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Congreso de Latinos Unidos Latina Domestic Violence Program
(215) 763-8870 ext. 1353, North Philadelphia
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
(215) 496-0707, Center City
Specializes in delivering behavioral health services to children and their families.
(215) 242-2235, Fairmount
Counseling & therapy program for people who have been verbally or physically harmful in a relationship. Services in English and Spanish.
Joseph J. Peters Institute
(215) 665-8670, Center City
Offers individual, group and family therapy programs for individuals who have committed sexual offenses, have sexual behavior problems or have a history of perpetrating interpersonal violence.
Black Women’s Blueprint
Black Women’s Blueprint prevention program has had current and past success in creating a safe space for disclosure, supportive services, children’s services and advocacy, as well as fighting against the culture of silence that accompanies sexual abuse.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (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.
The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community serves as a national, culturally-specific services issue resource center to provide support to and be a voice for the Black Community in response to domestic, sexual and community violence. Ujima was founded in response to a need for an active approach to ending domestic, sexual and community violence in the Black community.
Nationalities Service Center
(215) 893-8400, Center City
Provides safety planning and referrals to service providers
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
(215) 832-0900, Center City
Provides free immigration legal services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence who seek legal status
(215) 467-0690, South Philadelphia
Provides culturally-sensitive and language appropriate case management, safety planning and resource navigation for Asian immigrant and refugee communities in Philadelphia
1546 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
350 E. Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is a comprehensive source of information on domestic violence.