Resources for Victim-Survivors living in Washington, D.C.

Ayuda: Ayuda's mission is to protect the rights of low-income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area. We are the region's leading provider of multilingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants in the areas of immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.

DC/MD Office: 6925 B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012 +1 (202) 387-4848

VA OFFICE: 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 100 Falls Church, VA 22043 +1 (703) 444-7009

Courtney's House: Courtney's House was founded in 2008 by Tina Frundt. A survivor of domestic sex trafficking herself, Tina is relentless in her fight to protect children from sexual exploitation and the devastation that comes from it. Courtney's House is dedicated to the recovery and healing of underage victims of domestic sex trafficking.

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH): The mission of the District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (DASH) is to ensure access to safe and sustainable refuge for victims of domestic violence through the development and management of safe housing and related services, while increasing the capacity of other community-based organizations to expand housing for victims throughout the District of Columbia. (202) 462-3274

DC Rape Crisis Center

Crisis Hotline: +1 (202) 333-RAPE (7273)

Phone: +1 (202) 232-0789

Counseling Intake Phone Number: (202) 470-1188

Email:  dcrcc@dcrcc.org

5321 First Place NE

Washington, DC 20011

TTY: 202-328-1371

***The DC Rape Crisis Center offers free individual counseling, support groups for women, LGBTQI+ individuals, individuals abused as children, and male survivors***

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Open Monday-Friday 9 AM- 5 PM

Phone:  (202) 299-1181

Email: info@dccadv.org

DC Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit: The Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit investigates sexual assaults involving victims ages 18 and older. (Sexual assaults involving juvenile victims are investigated by the Youth Investigations Branch.) 

Phone: +1 (202) 727-3700

HIPS: HIPS believes that those engaged in sex work, sex trade, and drug use should be able to live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression. We will achieve this through engaging sex workers, drug users and our communities in challenging structural barriers to health, safety, and prosperity. 

24-Hour HOTLINE: HIPS offers a 24/7 hotline to provide emotional support, schedule supplies deliveries, and get connected to health and supportive services. +1 (800) 676-4477

Mil MujeresMil Mujeres is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 to provide legal services and community education and empowerment to low-income hispanic immigrants and their families in the United States. +1(202)-808-3311

2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 4100, Washington, DC 20009

Safe Shores-The DC Children’s Advocacy Center is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia.

429 O Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-645-3200

E-mail: team@safeshores.org

The nearest Metro stop is Mt. Vernon Sq. 7th St-Convention Center on the Green/Yellow Line.

DC Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit: The Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit investigates sexual assaults involving victims ages 18 and older. (Sexual assaults involving juvenile victims are investigated by the Youth Investigations Branch.) 

Phone: +1 (202) 727-3700

DC Metropolitan Police Department, Youth Investigations Branch, Youth and Family Services Division (YFSD), is responsible for the following:

  • Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Investigating Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation (including child pornography and child prostitution)
  • Investigating Juvenile Missing Persons (under the age of 18 years) & Parental Kidnapping
  • Investigating Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS)
  • Juvenile Processing Center (process juvenile arrestees)
  • Absconder Unit (locate youth in abscondence)
  • Investigating Internet Crimes against Children Unit

5002 Hayes Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 576-6768

Reporting Child Abuse in the District: If you know or suspect that a child is being or has been abused, we encourage you to report it. CFSA Child Protective Services (CPS) takes reports of known or suspected child abuse in the District 24 hours a day at 202-671-SAFE (7233).

D.C. Metropolitan Police, Domestic Violence Unit
Police Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3156, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 727-7137
Fax: (202) 727-6491

If you have been assaulted in the District*

  1. Following assault find a safe place
    1. Call someone you trust
    2. Call the DC Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at 202.333.7273
  2. If you want to report or think you MIGHT want to report, preserve evidence:
    1. Do not shower, brush your teeth or move anything the offender may have touched.
    2. Put the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag
    3. Save your first urine in a clean container if you feel you may have been drugged.

3.  Seek Medical Attention

  1. If the assault occurred in the DC area and within the last 4 days (96 hours), call the DC Rape Crisis Center crisis hotline (202-333-7273) for more information about the DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program which includes a medical evidentiary exam, emergency contraception, pregnancy and STI testing. You can also call the DC SANE Call Center (1-800-641-4028) directly to reach the on-call sexual assault examiner, who will accompany you to MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department. Transportation will be provided if needed. You also have the option to go directly to Washington Hospital Center, located at 110 Irving Street NW. 
  2. The DCFNE (DC Forensic Nurse Examiner) program is where you can receive free, confidential treatment for any needs related to the assault
  3. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILE A REPORT WITH THE POLICE IN ORDER TO HAVE A FORENSIC EXAM. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE ALL PARTS OF THE FORENSIC EXAM

4. Finding resources

  1. Call the DC Rape Crisis Center at 202.333.7273 to find out what your resources are including referrals to legal services, crime victims’ compensation, and housing.
  2. You have the right to decide whether you want to report to the police. If the assault occurred in DC and you are interested in directly making a report to law enforcement, contact the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Sexual Assault Unit 202.727.3700. There are advocates and resources to support you in making this decision.
  3. If you reside in the DC area and would like advocacy and legal assistance, contact the Network for Victim Recovery (NVRDC) at 202-742-1727.
  4. If you are interested in counseling services within the District, contact the DC Rape Crisis Center Intake Coordinator at 202-232-0789.

*This information has been taken from the DC Rape Crisis Center Website, Counseling Section, No Straight Path-Tools for Survivors and the FAQs sections

Washington D.C. Crisis Referral Guide from the DC Rape Crisis Center (2014-2015)

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