Resources for people dealing with domestic violence in D.C.

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP): DVRP is a non-hierarchical organization which is built upon mutual respect, shared responsibility, trust and equality, and is supported by a collaborative style of leadership. DVRP strives to foster collaboration with all people and communities to end various forms of oppression.

Phone: +1 (202) 833-2233, Hotline: +1 (202) 833-2233* Email:

AyudaAyuda'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

Becky's Fund: Domestic Violence in our world has to come to a halt. We at Becky’s Fund are doing everything we possibly can to fight this issue and make many aware of its dangers to our world. See our People, Programs and Partners helping us to play our part in this worldwide issue. +1 (724) 518-1169

Break the Cycle: Teen dating violence is an urgent, silent epidemic. One in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship and more than two-thirds of them will never report it to anyone. Break the Cycle believes everyone has the right to safe and healthy relationships. We are the leading, national nonprofit organization addressing teen dating violence. We work every day towards our mission to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence. +1 (202) 824-0707

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.

D.C. Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC): 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)
  • Community education & outreach
  • Training & technical assistance
  • Public policy & legislative Initiatives
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities

D.C. Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (D.C. SAFE)SAFE's primary goal is to provide support for victims of domestic violence at the moment of crisis. SAFE utilizes an empowerment model of client-defined advocacy. SAFE clients are provided with information and access to legal and social services in order to facilitate their path to self-sufficiency. SAFE, Inc. 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. Hotline: +1 866-962-5048

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP)The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high-quality, free legal services to low-income District of Columbia residents in family law cases.  Our volunteer lawyers provide pro bono legal representation to domestic violence survivors. +1 (202) 885-5542

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. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 91730, Washington, DC 20090-1730

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

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

Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP): DV LEAP provides a stronger voice for justice by fighting to overturn unjust trial court outcomes, advancing legal protections for victims of domestic violence and their children through expert appellate advocacy, training lawyers, psychologists and judges on best practices, and spearheading domestic violence litigation in the Supreme Court

House of Ruth: Every day at House of Ruth, more than 600 women and children work hard to learn the skills to live independently so they can eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives. House of Ruth provides housing and services for 63 families and 109 single women; supportive services to 11 families housed in apartments throughout the city; developmental day care to 76 children and supportive services for their parents; and free counseling for more than 400 women a year who are dealing with or recovering from domestic violence. +1 (202) 667-7001

La Clínica Del PuebloLa Clinica del Pueblo is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that serves the Latino and immigrant populations of the Washington, DC metro area. Our goal is to provide culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need. +1 (202) 462-4788

Mary's CenterMary's Center, founded in 1988, is a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary's Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from over 100 countries, through 7 locations and 1 mobile unit (the Dental Cruiser). Mary's Center provides access to health care services regardless of participants' ability to pay. +1 (202) 313-1705.

Mary’s Center recognizes the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities, and is committed to providing comprehensive support for all survivors in order to empower individuals and strengthen families. [We provide abuse screening, case management, and individual counseling, and education on understanding controlling behaviors and its effects on families, exercising one’s rights, and protection through safety plans.]

Mary's Center's Services to support victim-survivors of Domestic Violence Include:

  • Screening: Medical and and social services staff at our clinics screen all patients for domestic violence; patients with positive screens are referred to each clinic’s Family Support Worker for case management or to our integrated behavior health therapists for mental health services. We also accept direct referrals from individuals and other service providers.  
  • Case Management: Mary’s Center domestic violence case management involves providing culturally-sensitive education on the different forms of abuse, the toxic cycles of violence, safety planning, and pathways to change. Case managers explain community resources available, and refer survivors to support groups, mental health services, emergency shelters, crime victim’s compensation, legal resources, and other relevant services. Participants are also assisted in enrolling in public benefits for which they are eligible, including public insurance programs, housing, and nutritional support (SNAP and WIC). Family Support Workers monitor and assist participant progress towards their goals, and track the results of referrals to other Mary’s Center services and/or to partner organizations through electronic health records. [All educational information on domestic violence is presented in a culturally sensitive manner, in English or Spanish or in other languages through language line translation services.]
  • Safety Planning: Safety planning is used as a tool to prepare for emergency situations of violence at home, whether or not the victim has left the abusive relationship. It includes important hotline numbers and safety tips, and involves brainstorming emergency contacts in different emergency scenarios. Our staff create safety plans together with survivors on postcards or special scroll pens.
  • Legal Navigation: Mary’s Center supports survivors in understanding their rights in the complex legal processes involved when reporting domestic violence. We can connect a survivor to pro-bono legal services and courthouse advocates, and provide education on applying for protection orders, custody, divorce, and child support.
  • Shelter Placement: Mary’s Center maintains valuable professional connections to the limited shelters for domestic violence survivors in DC and Maryland, and works actively to place individuals as needed.
  • Community Outreach: Our program conducts outreach and training at various community centers to promote awareness on the prevalence and societal impacts of domestic violence, stimulate constructive conversation, and explain resources available. We provide resource guides, educational booklets, and safety plans to participants.
  • Coalitions and Advocacy: Mary’s Center is a member of the DC Coalition on Domestic Violence and the DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence, which promote advocacy across the District to collaborate and strengthen efforts to improve services for survivors. Our coalition memberships also allow our staff to access advanced trainings on specialized topics within domestic violence and continuously improve our knowledge of this complex social issue.

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

My Sister's Place, Inc. (MSP)My Sister's Place, Inc. (MSP) is the largest and oldest non-profit agency exclusively serving battered women and their children in the District of Columbia. Annually, thousands of victims of domestic violence find sanctuary from abuse in our residential programs and supportive services. Currently our programs consist of emergency shelter, transitional housing, the region's only transitional housing for immigrant victims of violence, the Emergency Services Center, and our 24-hour crisis hotline. Combined with our community outreach and education initiatives, My Sister's Place is committed to providing safe refuge for families in crisis.   +1 (202) 529-5261

Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE): SAFE, Inc. 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

The William Kellibrew FoundationThe William Kellibrew Foundation is an advocate, bridge and community driven partner dedicated to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty. The WKF harnesses and provides resources to both victims and similarly focused organizations through prevention, intervention, education and outreach. By sharing the stories of survivors we give voice to victims, raise community awareness and empower people working to rebuild their lives, families and communities.

The Women's CenterThe mission of The Women's Center is to improve significantly the psychological, career, financial and legal well being of women, men, couples and families, regardless of their ability to pay. Our clinical staff includes over 65 therapists and career counselors who provide more than 37,000 hours of counseling each year. For more than 38 years, we have grown along with the community we serve. +1 (202) 293-4580

Hotlines: Emergency Shelter, Protection Order, Counseling, etc.

Break the Cycle (For Teens): +1 (866) 331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522

D.C. Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (D.C. SAFE)Hotline: +1 866-962-5048

D.C. Victim Hotline: +1 (844) 443-5732 e

House of Ruth: +1 (410) 889-7884 (DC or MD)

Montgomery County: Family Justice Center: +1 (240) 777-4000

My Sister’s Place: +1 (202) 529-5991 (DC)

Legal Services: Protection Order, Custody, Divorce, U-Visa Application, and more

Ayuda: +1 (202) 387-4848; 6925 B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP): +1 (202) 885-5542, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 440, Washington D.C. 20015

Mil Mujeres: +1 (202) 808-3311; 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 4100, Washington, DC 20009

Prince George's County Community Legal Services: +1 (240) 391-6370; walk-ins 9 AM on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 1401 University Blvd, MD 20783

Support Groups

For Victims:  La Clínica del Pueblo (DC/MD/VA): (202) 448-2851; 2831 15th Street NW,  Washington, DC 20009

Family Place Family (DC/MD/VA): +1 (202) 265-0149; 3309 16th St NW, Washington DC 20010 

For Abusers: Family Crisis Center (Prince George's County): (301) 779-2100

Forensic Medical Exams: Hospitals that conduct DV Injury or Sexual Assault Exams

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department; 110 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Prince George's Hospital Center: 3001 Hospital Drive Cheverly, MD 20785 (301) 618-3154

Courthouse Intake Centers: Where Victims Can Apply for Protection Orders

Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave, NW, Room 4550; Washington D.C. (202) 879-0152

United Medical Center, 1328 Southern Ave SE, Room 311; (202) 561-3000

Hyattsville District Court: 4990 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781 (301) 298-4219

Upper Marlboro District Court: 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (301) 952-4303

Silver Spring District Court: 8552 Second Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 563-8578


Mary's Center Inc.: Domestic Violence's Survivor's Guide (English)

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV). 2011. “Member Programs-D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV).” D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV). Retrieved May 4, 2017 (


SAFE DC: "A SAFE Client’s Guide to Civil Protection Orders in D.C."

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