Domestic Violence / Teen Dating Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

24-hour Hotline

National Dating Abuse Helpline
http://www.ndah.org/
Phone: 1-866-331-9474 or Text “loveis” to 77054
Confidential online chat service available through: http://loveisrespect.org

The National Dating Abuse Helpline is specifically catered to teenagers and young adults who have questions/concerns about dating or who need help as well as concerned parents, friends, teachers, and even members of law enforcement who need information or have questions about abusive relationships. All conversations are private and confidential with a peer advocate who has been trained to provide information on advocacy, support, and education. Three options are available: A 24-hour phone hotline, a texting service which can connect anyone with a smart phone to resources available in their area quickly, and an IM style chat that can be accessed at http://loveisrespect.org. It is recommended that if the situation is an emergency to use the phone hotline or online chat service.

Online Resource

Love is Respect
http://www.loveisrespect.org/
About: “We designed loveisrespect.org to: Create the ultimate resource fostering healthy dating attitudes and relationships, provide a safe space for young people to access information and help  in an environment that is designed specifically for them, ensure confidentiality and trust so young people feel safe and supported – online and off.”

Local Organization

Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program
http://bcop.org/
P.O Box 361061, Decatur, GA 30036
Phone: (678) 278-8367
Mission: “The foundation’s mission is to provide individual and group counseling, advocacy and rehabilitation services to survivors of domestic violence. The foundation also seeks to be an outlet for community youth who are at risk of becoming victims of violence, substance abuse or who are impacted by health issues.”

Provides individual and group counseling for youth ages 5 thru 18 that have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence or dating violence or who are survivors of sexual abuse and/or incest.  Also provides advocacy services as well as financial literacy classes for teen and adult women.

Local Organization

Caminar Latino
http://caminarlatino.org/
P.O. Box 48623, Doraville, GA 30362
Phone: (404) 413-6348
Mission: “Caminar Latino’s mission is to create possibilities for Latino families affected by violence to transform their lives and their communities.”

Provides support groups for women, young adults, adolescents, and children, court accompaniment, assistance with protective orders, as well as access to shelters and counseling and/or legal services.

Local Organization

DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
http://www.dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org/home.html
204 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (404) 377-1428
Phone: (404) 377-1429
Mission: “DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) provides direct services, prevention education, and advocacy for youth and adult survivors of sexual assault, their families and the community as a whole.  DRCC helps survivors of sexual violence forge a new beginning, not only to survive their ordeal, but also to become strengthened by it. DRCC is the only agency in DeKalb County offering these services.”

Provides group and individual counseling for victims. This includes a teen support group, women support group, and a LGBTQ Victim to Survivor group. DRCC also provides legal advocacy, prevention education, and hospital accompaniment.

Local Organization

International Women’s House
http://www.internationalwomenshouse.org/
24-hour Crisis Hotline: (770) 413-5557
P.O. Box 1327 Decatur, Georgia 30031
Mission: “To provide a safe haven and supportive services for immigrant and refugee women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse with a focus on cultural sensitivity and self-sufficiency.”

Provides shelters, transitional and permanent housing, multilingual staff, legal advocacy, counseling, job training, and other services.

Local Organization

Men Stopping Violence
http://www.menstoppingviolence.org/
2785 Lawrenceville Highway, Ste. 112, Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: (404) 270-9894 or Toll Free: (866) 717-9317
Mission Statement: “Men Stopping Violence is a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls.”

Provides educational courses for people and organizations interested in learning how to stop violence against women as well as working towards community restoration.

Local Organization and Online Resource

Partnership Against Domestic Violence
http://padv.org/
P.O. Box 170225, Atlanta, GA 30317
Phone: (404) 870-9600
24-hour Hotline: (404) 873-1766 – Fulton County or (770) 963-9799 – Gwinnett County. Mission:” PADV works to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors.” Provides emergency housing to battered women and their children along with legal advocacy, support groups for the women and children, public benefits assistance, and a children and youth program. Also provides online information on developing a safety plan, a teen dating violence program, community outreach, community support groups for women, and a crisis hotline.

Local Organization

Raksha
http://www.raksha.org/
P.O. Box 12337, Atlanta, Georgia 30355
Office Phone: (404) 876-0670 or Help Line: (404) 842-0725
Toll Free: (866) 725-7423 or (877) 672-5742
Mission: “To promote a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education and advocacy.” Raksha serves the South Asian community providing direct services to victims of domestic violence including crisis intervention, information or referrals, interpretation and translation, as well as providing legal and general advocacy and individual and family counseling for adults and children.

Local Organization

Tapestri
www.tapestri.org
PMB 362, 3939 LaVista Road, Suite E, Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 299-2185 or (866) 317-3733 (outside Metro Atlanta)
Mission: “Tapestri Inc. is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrant and refugee families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, Tapestri Inc. is committed to using education, community organizing, direct services and advocacy to ameliorate the lives of these families. Our name, “Tapestri,” symbolizes the different threads of society coming together to form a safe cover to protect its many colored communities.” Services include: legal advocacy and services for battered refugee and immigrant women. Crisis counseling, short term shelter or housing assistance, health care, mental health assistance, assistance with legal and/or immigration issues, ESL, vocational skills training, life skills training, translation, and interpretation services for victims of human trafficking.

Local Organization

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
http://www.wrcdv.org/
P.O. Box 171 Decatur, GA 30031
Phone: (404) 370-7668 *Call for directions to community office.
24-hour Hotline: (404) 688-9463
Mission Statement: “Our mission is to create a society in which domestic violence no longer exists. We strive to meet the immediate needs of the diverse community of battered women and their children by providing emergency shelter and services, while working toward changing the systems that enable violence through education and advocacy.”

Provides legal advocacy, safe temporary housing, and a 24- hour hotline for women and children needing support.