- Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (ASCA)
- PublicHealth.org: Sexual Abuse Resources
- Statistics on the Prevalence of Child Abuse (PDF 8k)
- Crimes Against Children Research Center
- US Dept. of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry
- California Child Abduction Task Force
- PROTECT: National Association to Protect Children
- Stop It Now!
- GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation
- The KlaasKids Foundation
- A Quarter Blue
- The National Center for Victims of Crime
- Orange County Community Foundation
- radKIDS: Children’s Safety Education
- Erin’s Law
- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Black and Missing Foundation Inc.
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Megan Meier Foundation
- Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
- Find’em Scent Kit
- College Campus Safety Guide
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Hotlines & Resources
No one has the right to hurt you (including yourself). Lots of people care about you and want you to be safe.
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, call 9-1-1 for immediate emergency assistance.
SAFETY ALERT: Internet use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely erase the history. If you think your internet usage may be monitored, call or text one of the hotlines below. Use a friend’s device to visit the websites to see more resources. If you are interrupted, press the escape button to switch the screen quickly.
Mental Health Crisis Support
National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
U.S. SAMHSA Treatment referral and information, 24/7.
If a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 9-1-1.
If you suspect a child may be in danger of any type of abuse, report it to your local law enforcement agency and child protective services (AKA Child and Family or Social Services).
If you are concerned that a family is experiencing extreme stress that may lead to violence, establish regular outdoor visits (walks) to check-in and offer support. Encourage potential victims to use your phone to visit websites or call hotlines for professional assistance.
You may ask at the courthouse, local law enforcement, and/or child protective services or family/social services about options and next steps given your specific circumstances.
It is usually recommended that you seek an attorney who specializes in custodial issues for support (click here for details about how to find an attorney). You may request a court-appointed attorney from the judge in charge of your child’s case and can also contact your local chapter of The American Bar Association or The Legal Aid Society for assistance.
Click here to subscribe to The Joyful Child’s Be Brave-Be Safe Lessons to guide you in empowering your child to self-advocate and escape from any form of violence or danger. The Introductory slideshow can help guide you in teaching your child how to determine if, when, and how to call 9-1-1.
Military Service Members
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including possible mental health problems. Call and talk anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-342-9647.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. To contact the center:
- Call 1-866-966-1020, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Real Warriors Live Chat
- E-mail email@example.com
Take any and all feelings or urges to harm oneself seriously. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Visit the site below for resources and links to local support services. Click here for tips to create a safety plan.
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.
Lifeline – Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
If you need help or support in figuring out the best and safest way to escape, you are not alone.
Call or Text Peer Advocates at 1-866-331-9474 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522
Anyone affected by abuse may call for support: 1-800-799-7233.
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Visit online at
https://victimsvoice.app/ is a unique resource to securely document ongoing harassment or abuse that may be used later to support a victim’s accusations in a court of law.
Again, if you are concerned that a family is experiencing extreme stress that may lead to violence, establish regular outdoor visits (walks) to check-in and offer support. Encourage potential victims to use your phone to visit websites or call hotlines for professional assistance.