-Domestic Abuse / Violence Laws & Information-


You are NOT alone! And there are so many people who will not judge you, but help you, or even just listen… Please, reach out and grab one of your hands… You don’t have to live abused anymore… Easier said than done, I know… But please, don’t give up. NOTHING is wrong with you.

By no means is this
a complete; a work in progress, please check back often! 🙂

MOST OF US HAVE HEARD THE GRIM STATISTICS. Every day across America, four to five women are murdered by an intimate partner or ex, most of them within three to six months of a breakup.”- Cosmopolitan

Domestic abuse comes in many shapes, forms and methods. It can be sinister and mess with your mind, it can be blatant (i.e., bruises, broken bones) and STILL mess with your mind. But the thing to keep in mind is: it is not your fault and you are NOT crazy. 

Domestic Abuse is an issue close to my soul because I have grown up watching the woman I love with all my heart suffer from every sort of imaginable abuse. I hope this section will help her and any other woman in that situation. (Click the image below for a clear view of the text; it will open in a new tab, as all photos on this page will do.) =)


Here is how this page works – rather simple… 🙂

First are resources, if you scroll down a bit more you will come across random facts and such on domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse Comes in MANY Forms
Domestic Abuse Comes in MANY Forms

Remember, domestic abuse doesn’t have to be physical for it to be abuse. In the future I will be including a section on what domestic abuse does to children both in the short term and long term. In the near future I will have legal information and legal guides up also! But for now, below are resources and a bit of information.

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Again, please click to see image more clearly 🙂

If you are in an abusive relationship, please… get out. Don’t stay for the kids, I can attest to the fact that we’d rather you leave than watch the person who is our shining star and strength be hurt by ANY sort of abuse. We know, even if you think we don’t. And yes, it does impact us.


(PS- The photos on this page, as well as the resources, I have collected over the years. I am not sure where they all are from, if it is your work please simply notify me and I will of course give due credit.)

As always, if you have questions, please contact me. If you are outside of the United States/Canada/United Kingdom, PLEASE click HERE for resources that are more than likely to be of more help to you, I hope 🙂

Resources [Will Update Weekly or More so Please Check Back]

Healing IS possible…

If you are looking for help within your state or just someone to talk to, please scroll down to the state hotline area 🙂 again, more will be added off and on so please, check back.)

Preparing to leave an abusive relationship – (many more sites are available on this, and I do advise talking with someone regarding a plan if possible… but I also know, from personal experience, sometimes that is not possible. I also know it sometimes is also good just to read information, and have your own thoughts and plans well organized so…I’ll be adding more, but for now….)

Planning to Leave – Help for Abused & Battered Women

http://www.thehotline.org/ This page has a panic/escape button in case you are walked in on and need to get out fast. If you would prefer to simply call, the numbers are as follows:
Toll Free 24/7 United States National Domestic Violence Hotline :
1-800-799-7233 & TTY 1-800-787-3224
24/7 United Kingdom: Free phone: 0808 2000 247
T: 0117 944 4411

Texas: The Houston Area Women’s Center – DV 713-528-2121


E: info@womensaid.org.uk  |  Helpline: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

State Hotlines, E-mail Addresses, Fax, Phone & Coalitions (Feminist.org)

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 4762
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone: 1-800-650-6522 (in state)
Fax: 334-832-4803
TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Another State: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Email: info@acadv.org
Crisis help lines are open 24 hours

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
130 Seward Street, Room 214
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-586-3650
FAX: 907-463-4493
Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
301 E. Bethany Home Rd.
Suite C194
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-279-2900
FAX: 602-279-2980
TTY: 602-279-7270
Toll-Free: 1-800-782-6400
E-mail: acadv@azcadv.org
Hours: 8:30am-5-00pm Monday – Friday

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1401 West Capitol Ave, Suite 170
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (501) 907-5612
FAX: (501)907-5618
Toll Free: (800)269-4668

Coalition to End Family Violence
1030 N. Ventra Rd
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 805-983-6014
FAX: 805-983-6240
24-Hour Hotline: 805-656-1111
Spanish Hotline: 800-300-2181
TDD: 805-656-4439

Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women
PO Box 19005
Long Beach CA 90807
Toll-Free: 888-SCCBW-52
Phone: 562-981-1202
Fax: 562-981-3202
E-mail: sccbw@sccbw.org

Alternative Horizons
P.O. Box 503
Durango, CO 81302
Phone: 970-247-9619 ( 24-hour hotline)
E-mail: ah@frontier.net

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203
TOLL-FREE: 888-778-7091
Phone: 303-831-9632
FAX: 303-832-7067
E-mail: ccadv@ccadv.org

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-299-1181
FAX: 202-299-1193
E-mail: info@dccadv.org
Hours: 8:30am-5-00pm Monday – Friday

SOS Program (A part of DC Coalition)
Domestic Violence Intake Center Satellite Office
Greater Southeast Community Hospital
1328 Southern Ave SE
Room 311
Washington, DC 20032
Phone: 202-561-3095 x12
Fax: 202-561-3093
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

My Sister’s Place
P.O. Box 29596
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-529-5991 (24-hour hotline)
Administrative Office: 202-529-5261
Fax: 202-529-5984

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
100 W. 10th Street Suite 703
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-658-2958
FAX: 302-658-5049
Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
E-mail: dcadv@dcadv.org

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
425 Office Plaza Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
TOLL-FREE: 800-500-1119
Phone: 850-425-2749
FAX: 850-425-3091
FL Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
FL Domestic Violence Hotline TTY: 1-800-621-4202

Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children
250 Georgia Avenue, S.E., Suite 308
Atlanta, GA 30312
TOLL-FREE: 800-334-2836
Phone: 404-524-3847
FAX: 404-524-5959

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
716 Umi St., Unit 210
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 808-832-9316
Fax: 808-841-6028
Email: hscadv@pixi.com

24 Hr Hawaii Shelters by Island:

  • Hilo: 959-8864
  • Kauai: 245-8404
  • Kona: 322-SAFE (7233)
  • Maui/Lanai: 579-9581
  • Molokai: 567-6888
  • Oahu: 841-0822

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
515 28th St
Suite 104
Des Moines, IA 50312
TOLL-FREE: 800-942-0333
Phone: 515-244-8028
FAX: 515-244-7417
E-mail: admin@icadv.org

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
300 E. Mallard Dr., Suite 130
Boise, ID 83706
TOLL-FREE: 888-293-6118
Phone: 208-384-0419
FAX: 208-331-0687
E-mail: jmatshushita@idvsa.org

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
801 South 11th Street
Springfield, Illinios 62703
Phone: 217-789-2830
FAX: 217-789-1939
TTY: 217-241-0376
E-mail: ilcadv@springnet1.com

Between Friends
(Formerly The Friends of Battered Women and Their Children)
P. O. Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-274-5232
FAX: 773-262-2543
HOTLINE: 1-800-603-HELP

Life Span
P.O. Box 1515
Des Plaines IL 60017
24-Hour Crisis Line: 847-824-4454
Phone: 847-824-0382
Fax: 847-824-5311
E-mail: life-span@life-span.org

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1915 W. 18th Street, Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46202
TOLL-FREE: 800-538-3393
Phone: 317-917-3685
Fax 317-917-3695
Crisis Line: 1-800-332-7385

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
634 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS 66603
TOLL-FREE: 888-END-ABUSE (Kansas state-wide hotline)
Phone: 785-232-9784
FAX: 785-266-1874

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
P.O. Box 356
Frankfort, KY 40602
Phone: 502-209-5382
FAX: 502-226-5382

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 77308
Baton Rouge, LA 70879-7308
Phone: 225-752-1296
FAX: 225-751-8927
HOTLINE: 1-888-411-1333

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
170 Park St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-941-1194
FAX: 207-941-2327
Email: info@mcedv.org

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
6911 Laurel Bowie Road, Suite 309
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-352-4574
FAX: 301-809-0422
Email: info@mnadv.org

Jane Doe Inc./Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
14 Beacon Street, Suite 507
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-248-0922
Crisis / Information: 989-686-4551
FAX: 617-248-0902
TTY/TDD: 617-263-2200
Email: info@janedoe.org

Bay County Women’s Center
P.O. Box 1458
3411 E. Midland Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706
TOLL-FREE: 800-834-2098
Phone: 517-686-4551
FAX: 517-686-0906

Michigan 24-Hour Crisis Line: 517-265-6776

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
590 Park Street North, Suite 410
St. Paul, MN 55103
TOLL-FREE: 800-289-6177
Phone: 651-646-6177
FAX: 651-646-1527
E-mail: mcbw@pclink.com

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence
217 Oscar Dr., Suite A
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-634-4161
FAX: 573-636-6613

Women’s Support and Community Services
2165 Hampton Ave
St. Louis, MO 63139
HOTLINE: 314-531-2003
Office: 314-646-7500
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm; Friday 8:00am-1:00pm

Mississippi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 4703
Jackson, MS 39296-4703
HOTLINE: 800-898-3234
After Hours HOTLINE: 1-800-799-7233
Phone: 601-981-9196
FAX: 601-981-2501
E-mail: mcadv@misnet.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Crisis Line
P.O. Box 6644
Great Falls, MT 59406
Phone: 406-453-HELP
TOLL-FREE: 1-888-587-0199

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
PO Box 818
Helena MT 59624
Phone: 406.443.7794
TOLL-FREE: 888-404-7794
Fax: 406.443.7818

Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition
1000 “O” Street, Suite 102
Lincoln, NE 68508-2253
TOLL-FREE: 800-876-6238
Phone: 406-443-7794
FAX: 406-443-7818

Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence
220 S. Rock Blvd. Suite. 7
Reno , NV 89502
TOLL-FREE: 800-500-1556
Phone: 775-828-1115
FAX: 775-828-9991

Safe House
921 American Pacific Dr. Suite 300,
Henderson, NV 89014
Phone: 702-451-4203
FAX: 702-451-4302
HOTLINE: 702-564-3227
E-mail: kareng@safehouse.org

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 353
Concord, NH 03302-0353
TOLL-FREE For Domestic Violence: 866-644-3574
TOLL-FREE For Sexual Assault: 1-800-277-5570
Phone: 603-224-8893
Fax: 603-228-6096

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women
1670 Whitehorse/Hamilton Square Road
Trenton, NJ 08690
TOLL-FREE: for Battered Lesbians: 800-224-0211 (in NJ only)
Phone: 609-584-8107
FAX: 609-584-9750
HOTLINE: 1-800-572-7233
TTY: 609-584-0027 (9am-5pm, then into message service)
E-mail: info@njcbw.org

Strengthen Our Sisters
P.O.Box U
Hewitt, N.J. 07421
HOTLINE: 800-SOS-9470 (800-767-9470)
Office: 973-248-0776
E-mail: info@sosdv.org

New Mexico State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
201 Coal Avenue SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
TOLL-FREE: 800-773-3645 (in New Mexico Only)
Legal Helpline: 800-209-DVLH
Phone: 505-246-9240
FAX: 505-246-9434
E-mail: info@nmcadv.org

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
350 New Scotland Avenue
Albany New York 12208
Phone: 518-482-5465
English: 1-800-942-6906   
English TTY: 1-800-818-0656
Spanish: 1-800-942-6908   
Spanish TTY: 1-800-780-7660
Fax: 518-482-3807
Email us at nyscadv@nyscadv.org

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
123 W. Main Street, Suite 700
Durham , NC 27701
Phone: 919-956-9124
HOTLINE: 1-888-232-9124
FAX: 919-682-1449

Western Office:
PO Box 17398
Asheville, NC 28816
Phone: 828-505-3708

North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services
State Networking Office
418 East Rosser Avenue, Suite 320
Bismarck, ND 58501
TOLL-FREE: 888-255-6240 (In ND Only)
Phone: 701-255-6240
FAX: 701-255-1904

Ohio Domestic Violence Network
4807 Evanswood Drive
Suite 201
Columbus , Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-781-9651
TTY: 614 781-9654
HOTLINE: 800-934-9840
Fax: 614 781-9652
E-mail: info@odvn.org

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
3815 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Suite 124
Oklahoma City , OK 73118
Telephone: 405-524-0700
Fax: 405-524-0711
E-mail: info@ocadvsa.org

Education Office:
PO Box 135
Poteau, OK 74953
Telephone: 918-647-5814
Fax: 918-649-3772

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
State Office:
380 Spokane St .
Suite 100
Portland , OR 97202
Telephone: 503-230-1951
TTY: 1-800-553-2508
Fax: 503-230-1973
Statewide Crisis Number : 1-888-235-5333

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence/National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
6440 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
Phone: 717-545-6400
Toll Free: 800-932-4632
TTY: 800-553-2508
FAX: 717-671-8149

Women’s Center of Montgomery County
Main Administrative Office:
101 Washington Lane, Ste. WC-1
Jenkintown PA 19046
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-773-2424 

Norristown Office:
Women’s Advocacy Project
400 Courthouse Plaza, 18 W. Airy St.
Norristown PA 19404

Pottstown Office:
Women’s Advocacy Project
555 High Street, 2nd Floor
Pottstown PA 19464

Bryn Mawr Office:

Lansdale Office:

Laurel House
P.O. Box 764
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone: 610-277-1860
HOTLINE: 1-800-642-3150
Fax: 610-277-64025
E-Mail: LaurelHaus@aol.com

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
422 Post Road, Suite 202
Warwick, RI 02888
HOTLINE: 800-494-8100
Phone: 401-467-9940
FAX: 401-467-9943

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
(Link only works in Microsoft Internet Explorer)
P.O. Box 7776
Columbia, SC 29202-7776
TOLL-FREE: 800-260-9293
Phone: 803-256-2900
FAX: 803-256-1030

South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 141
Pierre, SD 57501
HOTLINE: 800-430-7233
Phone: 605-945-0869
FAX: 605-945-0870

PO Box 1402
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
(605) 271-3171 Phone
(605) 271-3172 Fax
(Info/Referral only)

Safe Harbor
PO Box 41
310 S. Kline St.
Aberdeen, SD 57402-0041
Phone: 605 226-1212
Toll Free: 888-290-2935
Fax: 650-226-2430
Email (general information only): safeharbor@safeharbor.ws

Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence
2 International Plaza Dr., Suite 425
Nashville, TN 37217
TOLL-FREE: 800-289-9018
Phone: 615-386-9406
FAX: 615-383-2967
Email: webmistress@tcadsv.org

Texas Council on Family Violence
P.O. Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716
TOLL-FREE: 800-525-1978
Phone: 512-794-1133
FAX: 512-794-1199

Families In Crisis, Inc.
P.O. Box 25
Killeen, Texas 76540
Phone: 254-773-7765
Fax: 254-526-6111

Domestic Violence Advisory Council
205 North 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: 801-521-5544
FAX: 801-521-5548

Women Helping Battered Women
PO BOX 1535
Burlington, VT
Phone: 802-658-3131
HOTLINE: 802-658-1996
TTY: 802-658-1996
Toll-free: 1-800-228-7395
E-mail: whbw@whbw.org

Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 405
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: 802-223-1302
TTY: 800-223-1115
24 Hour HOTLINE: 1 800 228 7395
FAX: 802-223-6943
E-mail: info@vtnetwork.org

Virginians Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline

Charlottesville, VA
302 Hickman Rd
Suite 101
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: 434-979-9002
Fax: 434-979-9003

Richmond, VA
5008 Monument Ave.
Suite A
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-377-0335
Fax: 804-377-0339
E-mail: info@vsdvalliance.org

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
WSCADV- Olympia Office
711 Capitol Way, Suite 702
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360-586-1022
Fax: 360-586-1024
TTY: 360-586-1029

WSCADV – Seattle Office
1402 – 3rd Ave, Suite 406
Seattle WA 98101
206-389-2520 FAX
206- 389-2900 TTY
E-mail: wscadv@wscadv.org

Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline
Tel: 800-562-6025
E-mail: csn@willapabay.org

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Elk Office Center
5004 Elk River Road,
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: 304-965-3552
FAX: 304-965-3572

Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center
1127 S. 22nd. St,
Manitowoc, WI  54220
Phone: 920-684-5770
HOTLINE: 877-275-6888
E-mail: dvc@sbcglobal.net

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
307 S. Paterson St. #1
Madison , WI 53703
Phone: 608-255-0539
Fax: 608-255-3560

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 236
Laramie, WY 82073
TOLL-FREE: 800-990-3877
Phone: 307-755-5481
Legal Staff: 307-755-0992
Fax: 307-755-5482
E-mail: msholtywcadvsa@yahoo.com

YWCA Battered Women Task ForceTopeka
225 SW 12th St.
Topeka, KS 66612
Daytime: 785-354-7927
Evening and Weekend: 785-234-3300
24 Hour HOTLINE : 1-888-822-2983
Hours: Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday:8:00am-4:30pm; Tuesday 10:30am-4:30pm

Online Resources:

Common Ground Sanctuary
Domestic Violence Project, Inc./ SAFE House
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Michigan Crime Victims Website
The National Coaltion Against Domestic Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence
Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office

Legal Advice
American Bar Association
Women’s Law Initiative

Arab American and Chaldean Council
Asian Task Force Againt Domestic Violence
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services
National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
The Northwest Network
Survivor Project
Batterer Intervention

Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan

Telephone, Shelters, ETC:

Counseling for Survivors & Crisis Intervention
Arab American and Chaldean Council (248) 559-1991
AT&T Language Line
  • Provides translators for 140

languages, 24-hours a day for a fee 24-hours

(800) 996-8808 Common Ground Sanctuary 24-hours(800) 231-1127
(248) 456-0909El Centro “La Familia” 24-hours(248) 229-0848
(248) 858-5320 HAVEN 24-hours


24-hours(877) 922-1274
(248) 334-1290
(248) 334-1274 Jewish Family Service (248) 559-1500


HAVEN 24-hours


24-hours(877) 922-1274
(248) 334-1290
(248) 334-1274


(248) 559-1500

Legal Advice & Legal Representation

Council and Advocacy Lawline
(M,T, Th, F 9a-3p; W 12p-6p) (800) 783-8190 Legal Aid & Defender
(M 2p-4p) (313) 964-4700Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, Domestic Violence Section

  • There may be limits to confidentiality
(248) 858-5569

Personal Protection Order Assistance Office (248) 975-9511

Legal Clinics

Common Ground Sanctuary 24-hours(800) 231-1127
(248) 456-0909Oakland Community College Women center (248) 522-3642


General Information & Referral Sources

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (517) 347-7000 Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (517) 373-8144 National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Offers AT&T Language Line service free

     to victims



(800) 799-SAFE
(800) 787-3224

Counseling for Survivors, Crisis Intervention & Shelters

Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
(Washtenaw County)
24-hours(734) 995-5444Family Counseling & Shelter Services
(Monroe County) 24-hours(734) 242-SAFE First Step, Inc.
(Downriver & Western Wayne County) 24-hours(888) 453-5900 LACASA
(Livingston County) 24-hours(810) 227-7100My Sister’s Place
(Detroit) (313) 864-7543 Turning Point
(Macomb County)
24-hours(586) 463-6990 Underground Railroad
(Saginaw County) 24-hours(989) 755-0411YWCA of Greater Flint
(Genesee County) 24-hours(810) 238-SAFEYWCA Interim House
(Detroit) (313) 861-5300

Legal Advice, Representation and Clinics

Women’s Justice Center
(Detroit) (313) 371-3985


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