The National Women’s Law Center Fund is providing this list of additional resources for informational purposes only. By providing this information, The National Women’s Law Center Fund does not vouch for the organizations listed or the results that you may obtain.
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I’ve gone through something difficult and I just really need someone to talk to.
A listening ear is out there. Here are some hotlines and support groups that may be able to help.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE (4673), online.rainn.org, y rainn.org/es)) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. It also operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. The National Sexual Assault Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all calls are anonymous and confidential.
Childhelp National Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline
Safe Helpline is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline is a completely anonymous, confidential, 24/7, specialized service – providing help and information anytime, anywhere. A Safe Helpline user can access one-on-one support, peer-to-peer support, information, resources, and self-care exercises 24/7 to aid in their recovery.
LGBT National Help Center
A non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections, and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a group of LGBT volunteers, the LGBT National Help Center operates three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages.
This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7, for men who’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault and for those who care about them. Please note that there can sometimes be a long wait to speak with a specialist (who may be any gender), especially if you are attempting to sign onto the service late at night or early in the morning, when the helpline receives a high volume of chat requests.
9to5 Job Survival Helpline
9to5 is one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda. The trained staff of 9to5 can provide information on employment rights, suggestions on how to handle workplace situations and organize for better policies, and referrals to government agencies, legal, and community resources.
I need legal information.
The following resources can help to better understand your rights, find a lawyer, answer questions about reporting, and more.
Despite its name, WomensLaw.org provides information that is relevant to people of all genders, not just women. Their e-mail hotline provides legal information to anyone who reaches out with legal questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, or any other topic covered on WomensLaw.org. The WomensLaw.org website also provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence.
The Laws in Your State (RAINN)
From the legal definition of rape to the statute of limitation for a particular sex crime, where you live makes a difference. Here’s a guide to the laws in your state.
You Have Rights
As part of the Existe Ayuda project, this pocket card offers an outline of victim’s rights and information about ways to safely get help. Includes Spanish and English versions of the pocket card.
LawHelp.org has been created for people living on low-incomes and the legal organizations that serve them. LawHelp.org provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, court forms, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more in your state.
AVVO is a directory of attorneys that includes detailed profiles, reviews, and ratings to make it easier to find the best legal support for you.
American Bar Association
A directory of attorney referral lines, categorized by state.
NELA Find-A-Lawyer service
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Their Find-A-Lawyer service allows individuals to search for lawyers that can help in cases of unfair treatment in the workplace.
Legal Services Corporation
LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. It promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. Their website offers an interactive map to find legal aid in your area.
Protect Our Defenders (for Servicemember and those who Work in the Military)
The only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and to combating a culture of pervasive misogyny, sexual harassment, and retribution against victims. POD’s Legal Services Program is the only program in the country providing free legal services specifically for survivors of military sexual assault and sexual harassment, and bystanders and whistleblowers who are suffering retaliation for intervening or reporting sexual assault or harassment. Services often include victim legal representation for the military justice process, protection from retaliation, discharge records corrections, and assistance with obtaining needed health care.
Victim Rights Law Center
The Victim Rights Law Center provides free, comprehensive legal services for sexual assault victims with legal issues in Massachusetts and Oregon in the areas of privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, immigration, LGBTQ-specific issues, criminal justice advocacy, and financial stability.
I’m struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Life after trauma can be painful. If you are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, follow these links to speak to someone. You deserve to feel safe, and to know that there is hope.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The JED Foundation
Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. JED offers a free and confidential 24-hour hotline for immediate crisis support.
The Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. The Trans Lifeline operates a peer support hotline run by and for trans people. Hours vary between time zones.
Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Trevor Project offers a free and confidential lifeline, chatline, and text line, as well as community resources and suicide prevention training.
I’m looking for some ways to cope with the effects of my experience.
The healing process is not one-size-fits-all. It can take time and a lot of trial and error to find what works best for you. These resources can serve as a guide when you’re not sure what’s next.
RAINN Recovering from Sexual Violence
Recovering from a sexual assault or abuse is a process, and that process looks different for everyone. Here you’ll find some resources to help you navigate the process.
The National Eating Disorder Association
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care. Some programs and services include screenings for eating disorders, a daily helpline, support in finding treatment, and more.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost anywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. NA meets regularly to support members in staying clean.
Good Therapy Journaling Therapy Guide
According to the Center for Journal Therapy, Journal Therapy is “the purposeful and intentional use of reflective writing to further mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness.” This article can help to serve as a guide for journal therapy.
Dealing with The Effects of Trauma
This booklet can help you to know if traumatic experiences in your life may be causing some or all of the difficult symptoms you are experiencing. It may give you some guidance in working to relieve these symptoms and share with you some simple and safe things you can do to help yourself heal from the effects of trauma.
Coping with Stress and Sleep
Stress from a traumatic event can often lead to a variety of sleep problems. Here you’ll find some tips for coping with sleep problems.
Coping with Nightmares
Nightmares are dreams that are threatening and scary. Nearly everyone has had a nightmare from time to time. For trauma survivors though, nightmares are a common problem. Click this link to find more information about trauma and nightmares, as well as some resources for coping with nightmares.
Moodjuice Post-Traumatic Stress Self-Help Guide
This workbook aims to help to recognize symptoms of post-traumatic stress, understand post-traumatic stress and what causes it, and to help find ways to understand, manage, or overcome post-traumatic stress.
I need long-term mental health support. How can I find a therapist or a counselor?
There is never a bad time to reach out for help. Below is a list of resources that can help to make it easier to get mental health support.
Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory lists clinical professionals, psychiatrists and treatment centers who provide mental health services in the US and internationally.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI offers a helpline and education programs to ensure that all who need support and information may receive it.
Millions of people use GoodTherapy to find therapists and counselors, rehab and residential treatment centers, and mental health resources.
BetterHelp offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD/PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW/LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their website offers mental health resources and information.
The Sidran Institute
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat: traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality. You can find resources for survivors and their loved ones such as books, hotlines, and practical information on their website.
I identify as a member of the LGBTQIA community. Are there resources for me?
Your identity should never deny you access to the support you deserve. You have allies, some of which you can find in the links below.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network GLSEN
GLSEN works with schools and legislators to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education. Follow this link to find opportunities to build your community.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
National Queer, Asian, Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.
Lambda Legal, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.
The National LGBTQ Bar Association and Foundation
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations.
I have a disability. Is there support out there for me?
Getting help is difficult enough as it is – these organizations can help to provide a little bit of extra support if you are a survivor with a disability.
Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. ADWAS provides comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.
ACLU Disability Rights
American Civil Liberties Union’s webpage discusses current issues and advocacy for people with disabilities. Click the link to learn more about your rights.
National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network has aggressively sought federal support for advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. This is the only legally based advocacy organization established by Congress to protect the rights of all individuals with disabilities. The network includes agencies in every state and U.S. territory, working to provide legal protection and advocacy services to people with disabilities.
S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities, including communication disorders.
I am scared to get help because of the status of my U.S. citizenship. Can I still get help?
These are hard times for immigrants in the United States, and with many factors at stake it can feel particularly challenging to ask for help. These organizations can help you to find safe support.
Tahirih Justice Center
Through direct services, policy advocacy, and training and education, Tahirih protects immigrant women and girls and promotes a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and dignity.
NIWAP Interactive Benefits Map
These maps break down available public benefits based on immigrant’s state and immigration status.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
NDWA works for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. Domestic workers in all fifty states can join NDWA and gain access to member benefits, connection with other workers, and opportunities to get involved in the domestic worker movement.
I am a male survivor. What can I do?
Navigating conversations as a male survivor can feel tricky. These organizations aim to provide a comfortable space for you.
This website, created by an expert of neurobiology of trauma and sexual assault, offers resources to male survivors of sexual assault and abuse such as help with report/declaration writing, client assessment, and trial testimony.
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. 1in6 also serves family members, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.
MaleSurvivor is dedicated to providing personalized support for men at every stage of the healing process. This organization facilitates dialogue among survivors, as well as between survivors and professional therapists, on online forums and at in-person events. MaleSurvivor also provides educational resources to help empower survivors to process their past and look forward to a brighter future.
I’d like to understand my situation better as a student.
Discussions of sexual violence on campus can be particularly tough to manage. Below, you’ll find some resources that can help to clear up some questions.
Know Your IX
Know Your IX is a survivor-and-youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. Know Your IX educates, trains, and advocates for policy change on campuses around the United States. Their website offers resources that can apply to survivors of all ages, with a focus on school/university students.
End Rape on Campus
End Rape on Campus works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
NSVRC Campus Sexual Violence Resources
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers resources designed to help students to cope with and heal from sexual violence through preventative education and practical information.