Resources for Victim-Survivors 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

Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010, +1 (202) 476-4100

The Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center is the only medical center in the District of Columbia with a team of health professionals dedicated to victims of child abuse and their families, and one of the few hospitals in the country using a team approach to assessing and treating these victims.

The Center's team of medical professionals provides comprehensive examinations (conducted by pediatricians and nurses who specialize in forensic issues), treatment of sexually transmitted diseases or injuries, and trauma counseling for child victims of all forms of maltreatment (provided by psychologists and clinical social workers who specialize in childhood trauma and abuse). 

The Center's other services include:

  • Advocacy for victims and families

  • Psychological testing

  • Juvenile offender counseling services

  • Educational, psychological, developmental, and parent-child relationship assessments

  • Individual and family therapy for victimized children (age 4-22 years for non-offending mental health services)

  • Parenting education/therapy classes

  • Case management

  • Referral services for victims and their families

Mental health services are provided by clinical social workers and psychologists who are child victimization specialists. Our psychologist also can provide educational, psychological, developmental, psychosexual, and parent-child relationship assessments.

The Center staff also provides consultation to colleagues inside and outside the hospital. Medical services are available by appointment or on an emergency basis, and forensic medical examinations for recent sexual abuse/assault are available after normal business hours.

Transportation: Shuttles from Union Station, Brookland and Columbia Heights Metro Stations, and the H1, H2, H3, and H4 buses.

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.

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV): DCCADV is the federally-recognized statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, organizations, and individuals organized to ensure the elimination of domestic violence in the District of Columbia.

5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Open Monday-Friday 9 AM- 5 PM

Phone: +1 (202) 299-1181

Email: info@dccadv.org

District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE): Our forensic nurses respond 24/7, 365 to conduct intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault forensic examinations. To access services, contact the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732). SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) exams are available to individuals 13 years or older who have been assaulted within the past 96 hours in the District of Columbia. IPV exams are available to individuals 12 years or older who have been assaulted by an intimate partner within the last 30 days in the District of Columbia. Both exams are provided at no cost and without proof of insurance at the Emergency Department at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street NW, Washington D.C. No police report or proof of citizenship is required.

24 Hour D.C. Victim Hotline: +1 (844) 4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732)

D.C. Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC): The DCRCC is the designated 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. More specifically:

  • Individual & group counseling (English and Spanish)

  • A 24-hour crisis hotline (202) 333-RAPE (7273)

  • Community education & outreach

  • Training & technical assistance

  • Public policy & legislative Initiatives

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Undergraduate and graduate internship opportunitie

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

DCRCC Phone: +1 (202) 232-0789

DCRCC Counseling Intake Phone Number: +1 (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***

D.C. Metropolitan Police, Domestic Violence Unit
Police Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3156, Washington, DC
Phone: +1 (202) 727-7137
Fax: +1 (202) 727-6491

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

D.C. 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: +1 (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. The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CSFA) takes reports of known or suspected child abuse in the District 24 hours a day at +1 (202) 671-SAFE (7233).

Deaf Abused Women's Network (DAWN): Deaf Abused Women's Network (DAWN) envisions a diverse community whose members interact free of fear and violence in all aspects of their lives. In this community, each person has access to information and justice and the opportunity to embrace their own cultural values and world values. In the place of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV), we see equitable and healthy relationships that support everyone's pursuit of happiness. +1 (202) 559-5366

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. +1 (202) 462-3274.

The Housing Resource Clinic: located at the West Baptist Presbyterian Church on 400 I St SW and takes place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm every Wednesday.

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 HIPS 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 Spanish speaking immigrants and their families in the United States. +1(202) 808-3311, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 4100, Washington, DC 20009

Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC): The NVRDC provides free, holistic, and comprehensive case management and legal services to victims of all types of crime regardless of income. Staff attorneys provide direct representation in civil protection order (CPO) cases and assistance with Title IX administrative proceedings for students at universities in Washington DC; in criminal court, they zealously defend victims’ rights throughout the entire criminal justice process. The NVRDC also runs the advocacy portion of DC’s Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner Program, supporting a coordinated community response for survivors, including hotline services, free transportation to and from the hospital, hospital advocacy, entry into therapeutic services, case management, and referrals to legal services.

6856 EASTERN AVENUE NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20012

Phone: +1 (202) 742-1727,

Email: INFO@NVRDC.ORG

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: +1 (202) 645-3200

E-mail: team@safeshores.org

The nearest Metro stop for Safe Shores is the Mount Vernon Square/7th Street NW-Convention Center station on the Green/Yellow Line.

Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE) Inc.: SAFE provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to over 5,000 domestic violence victims each year in the DC Metro Area. Our mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors in Washington, DC through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform. +1 (202) 879-0720.

 

If you have been sexually assaulted in the District*

 
  1. Following the assault find a safe place

    1. Call someone you trust

    2. Call the DC Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at +1 (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, chew gum, change clothes, 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. If you are considering pressing charges, you may bring items from the crime scene (in a paper bag) that could potentially be used as evidence. 

    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 District of Columbia 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 Forensic Nurse Examiner (DCFNE) program which includes a medical evidentiary exam, emergency contraception, pregnancy, and STI testing. You can also call the DC Victim Hotline to access the FNE program services, 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732). Transportation will be provided if needed. You also have the option to go directly to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, located at 110 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC 20010.

  2. The DCFNE (DC Forensic Nurse Examiner) program at Medstar Washington Hospital Center 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. There is no cost associated with receiving an IPV or Sexual Assault exam.

4. Finding resources

  1. Call the DC Rape Crisis Center at +1 (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, you can contact the Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC) at +1 (202) 742-1727.

  4. If you are interested in counseling services within the District, you can call the DC Rape Crisis Center Intake Coordinator at +1 (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)

 

For a more in-depth discussion of the resources and support available for survivors of Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C. and surrounding METROPOLITAN area check out our page, “D.C. Domestic Violence Resources”.

We recognize and understand that not all victims and survivors of gender-based and sexual violence wish to speak with the police, but we included their contact information in case their contact information and the contact information for other organizations who support sex workers, victims of sex trafficking, as well as survivors of gender-based, sexual, and domestic violence in case might be of use to anyone reading this page.

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