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Child Abuse / Bullying / Trafficking

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Services are provided for children from birth to age 21 who have developmental delays and disabilities. Services include early childhood education and home-based services, developmental evaluations, early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and more. A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is defined as any alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of an incident that adversely affects the health and welfare of an individual receiving services from the County Board. The FCBDD MUI Unit investigates all MUIs and ensures that immediate actions are taken to protect individuals from harm.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
24-hour Emergency Major Unusual Incidents (MUI) Reporting: (614) 464-2743
fcbdd.org
FCDBB Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory

Where’s The Line?

A first-of-its-kind effort designed to educate bystanders on how to appropriately address signs of family violence and abuse. Bystanders can anonymously and confidentially receive answers and advice by calling 844-234-LINE (5463), texting 87028 or chatting at www.WheresTheLine.info. The Information Coordinator is available to assist 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
wherestheline.info

Additional Bullying Resources

National Bullying Prevention Center
pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp

Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying
onlineschools.org/student-bullying-guide

Bullying.org (Be Strong App)
bullying.org

Kids Health
kidshealth.org

Wrightslaw: Harrassment
wrightslaw.com/info/harassment.index.htm

Take Action Against Bullying Guide
samhsa.gov

Safer Schools Ohio: Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources
saferschools.ohio.gov/content/anti_harassment_intimidation_and_bullying_resources

Bullying in Schools
cops.usdoj.gov

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative
ed.gov

Ohio Juvenile Civil Protection Orders
supremecourtofohio.gov

Alvis

Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.

  • Community Reentry Program: Helps people who are transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. Services include: cognitive-behavioral treatment at their residential reentry center, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, workforce development, case management, mentoring, housing assistance and links to community services and support.
  • Community Recovery Program: Amethyst offers a range of services to women and their families. Recovery Choices is a substance abuse treatment program.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program: Services include: residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.

2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402
alvis180.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The Resilience Project

Offers pediatricians and families information and resources to help children and adolescents who have been exposed to violence. This website addresses community violence, cyber bullying, child abuse, domestic violence and teen dating violence.
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/resilience

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides a variety of services for the Asian community:

  • Supports youth with tutoring and mentoring programs in grades K-12
  • Supports individuals who are victims (or at risk) of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes or other forms of violence and/or unhealthy behavior
  • 24-hour interpreting / translation services
  • Computer and English classes
  • Career and college development workshops
  • Free health clinic and Hepatitis B testing

4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
Main Line: (614) 220-4023
Interpreting 24/7 Hotline: (614) 216-4988
aacsohio.org

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

LGBT teens can call the toll-free confidential helpline to receive advice and report hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence or sexual assault and more.
870 North Pearl Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-7867 or (866) 862-7286 Toll-free
bravo-ohio.org

Center for Family Safety & Healing

Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling, prenatal/early intervention services, medical services for foster children and community training programs) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205

  • General: (614) 722-8200
  • Adult Counseling Services: (614) 722-8293
  • Child Assessment Center: (614) 722-3278
  • Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212 or Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Community Training Programs: (614) 722-4830
  • Fostering Connections Program: (614) 722-6789

familysafetyandhealing.org

Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition (CORRC)

Assist victims of human trafficking, this coalition of community agencies provides information and resources through their 24-hour hotline. They provide free workshops and training on human trafficking. The Coalition’s work is focused in four areas: public awareness, social services, law enforcement and legislation.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733
(614) 285-4357
swo.salvationarmy.org/rescueandrestore

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth. Programs include:

  • City Life: Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens.
  • WellSpring: Provides professionally trained counseling for children, teens, adults and families.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Provides spiritual counsel for incarcerated youth at three juvenile detention centers in Central Ohio.
  • HireLevel Promotions: Trains neighborhood teens in embroidery skills. All profits of the items produced and sold are applied to the City Life Center’s operating expenses.
  • HireLevel Auto: Teaches urban teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic, then sold on our car lot.
  • Point Break: Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.

Main Office
5000 Arlington Centre Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 848-4870

City Life Center
40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 410-1898

WellSpring Counseling
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 538-0353

coyfc.org

Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline

This free, anonymous national child abuse hotline is available 24/7 and helps with crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals and emergency resources for kids, parents and professionals. They have interpreters available as well. Find out about safety tips, substance abuse and online child abuse resources.
4350 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 422-4453
childhelp.org

Childcare Training Ohio (CTO)

Provides health and safety training (like CPR, first aid, communicable disease and child abuse recognition and prevention) for child care employees as well as the communities they serve. All training is conducted onsite and classes are open to the public. Cost is minimal.
PO Box 6292, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 721-7222
childcaretrainingohio.com

Columbus Division of Police

Individuals can submit an offense report or accident report immediately through the online reporting system and print a copy of the police report for free. Other prevention and alert information is available on their website.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
columbus.gov/police

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing the following services:

  • Core services to newly-arriving refugee families and individuals directly assigned to their agency for resettlement
  • Early intervention program and parenting classes for limited English proficient (LEP) people
  • Job training and ESL classes
  • Provide legal representation to those with immigration services (VOCA Program)
  • Health and wellness programs for recently-arrived clients of CRIS’ Resettlement Program

1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747
crisohio.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County

Helps abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for children and help them obtain a safe, permanent home.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7450
casacolumbus.org

Crime Watch Alert

The Ohio Attorney General’s office offers an email alert to receive automated messages when a sex offender moves near a location you care about and allows people to search the database of records by county. It also offers safety tips.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 406-4534
icrimewatch.net/ohio.php

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: male and female, ages vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: 
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide these youth, adult and family care programmings at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/locations.html

Franklin County Children Services (FCCS)

Individuals can report child abuse or neglect in Franklin County through their 24-hour child abuse hotline or visit the office in person. Emergency placement can be provided for at-risk children and teens. When appropriate, temporary placement with relatives, foster homes, or treatment centers are coupled with services to support family reunification and reduce the level of risk to the child. They also provide information about adoptable kids and the adoption process. View the 2018 FCCS Community Resource Guide.

  • Main Office
    855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2571
  • Intake, Assessment and Investigations
    4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 229-7100
  • Provider Agency Concerns
    855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2621

24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Freedom a la Cart

Serves survivors of human trafficking so they can build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They help by giving practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic through their organization and community partnerships.
Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch
Physical Address: 1423 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Mailing Address: PO Box 21987, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 992-3252
freedomalacart.org

Gracehaven

A faith-based non-profit organization that cares for sexually exploited children under age 18 by providing comprehensive services, such as long-term shelter, education and counseling.
Office: 5000 Arlington Centre, Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Mailing: PO Box 82102, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 302-9515
gracehaven.me

Huckleberry House

Works with Central Ohio’s youth ages 12 to 24 and families who are dealing with issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. Programs include:

  • Crisis Shelter – Provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for youth ages 12 to 17.
  • Transitional Living Program – Assists youth ages 17 to 21 with independent living skills, mental health support and securing living arrangements. Teens meet with counselors for free and confidential support.
  • Family Support Program – Counseling services are available to youth ages 12 to 22 and their families.
  • Youth Outreach Program (YOP) & YOP Shop – Meet with youth ages 12 to 24, anywhere, to help connect or make aware of support that’s available in the community to help you with housing, education, employment, and other needs. YOP Shop is the location where that assistance can occur.
  • Scholarship Program – Provide scholarship funds to young people in their programs to help pay for college tuition and expenses.

1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-8097
YOP Shop: 893 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 826-3630
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553 or text “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 to find a Safe Place Partner that can help you get to Huck House
huckhouse.org

IMPACT Safety

Teaches safety awareness through workshops offered to youth and adults. People learn personal safety skills, how to set boundaries and how to avoid dangerous situations. They also have experience working with people with special needs. Community programs are offered several times per year in various locations. Programs require a fee, but they offer need-based partial scholarships.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 437-2884
impactsafety.org

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program: Provides a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents and families. Their individual, group and family therapy services address adjustments disorders, grief and loss, disruptive behaviors and mood disorders, sexually aggressive youth and more.
Elibility: children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost: Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover. Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral: no referral needed

  • Franklin County: 2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 751-0042
  • Fairfield County: 624 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-0042
  • Licking County: 68 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 281-1777
  • Delaware County: 236 West Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 417-9265
  • Ross County: 114 Renick Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 851-4461

mopsohio.com

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Helps children and teen victims of crime and trauma, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of trauma (such as natural disaster, car accidents, serious medical treatment or domestic violence).
Program: office-based individual and group counseling for children and teens who have been victims of crime or trauma, free support groups, including a free parent/kid group for children who have been victims of violence
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 and up who have experienced a traumatic event
Cost: free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 234-5900
mountcarmelhealth.com/ctap-services

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

They have a quick search for missing children and a call center for reporting a sighting of a missing child, as well as a cyber tip line to report child pornography or suspected child sexual exploitation. They also have a 24-hour hotline and information and resources about missing children, sexual exploitation, child safety, sex offenders and natural disasters.
699 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
24-Hour Call Center: (800) 843-5678
missingkids.com

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

This advocacy organization helps develop programs, public policy and provider information to prevent shaken baby syndrome.
1433 North 1075 West, Farmington, Utah 84025
(801) 447-9360 Toll-free
dontshake.org

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

This national, toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country every day of the year. Call to report a tip, connect with local anti-trafficking services or find more resources and information.
24-Hour Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or 711 TTY or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733
humantraffickinghotline.org

National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

The U.S Department of Justice provides this website, and an available mobile app, to allow people to find information online about sex offenders. The website also has reliable information about sexual abuse.
nsopw.gov

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral:individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else

  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444 or (866) 438-6508 Toll-free
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001 Toll-free
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701 Toll-free
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
nyap.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital It’s Not Cool to Be Cruel

This interactive educational program for students in 5th-7th grade deals with the physical and emotional cruelty inflected by bullying and violence. Students learn to appreciate their own difference and the difference of those around them. This program comes to your classroom or youth group at a date and time that is convenient for you.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0678
nationwidechildrens.org/its-not-cool-to-be-cruel

Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF)

Provides statewide advocacy and funding for prevention of child abuse and neglect.
4200 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 387-5478
jfs.ohio.gov/OCTF/index.stm

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office
    100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Cultural and Educational Centers
    3431 East Main Street, Columbus Ohio, 43213
    3360 Kohr Boulevard, Columbus Ohio 43224
    3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43204

(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

The website provides helpful information and resources and a directory of the various anti-human trafficking coalitions throughout Ohio. The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition services provided include law enforcement, case management, housing assistance, economic assistance, legal assistance, referrals, counseling, addiction recovery, workforce development training, employment for survivors and more.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 437-2147
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733
humantrafficking.ohio.gov

Out of Darkness

An anti-trafficking outreach and rescue organization for adult women victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Through weekly outreach, they offer hope and encouragement to women on the streets. Programs at their drop-in center include a community garden and lessons based on strength, identity, goal setting, and real love, as well as toiletries, a shared meal, and connection to resources.
PO Box 1112, Westerville, Ohio 43086
(614) 600-2154
outofdarknesscolumbusoh.org

Polaris Project

Provides resources and information on human trafficking. They also do advocacy work and help victims of human trafficking.
General Information: (202) 790-6300
Polaris BeFree Textline: Text “BeFree” (233733)
polarisproject.org

radKIDS

Educates children ages 8-12 about safety and how to defend themselves against bullying, child abuse and neglect, as well as sexual assault. radKIDS uses an age-appropriate, fun activity-based curriculum to help kids learn. Several programs exist in and around Columbus. Visit the website to find a program near you.
9 New Venture Drive, South Dennis, Massachusetts 02660
(844) 723-5437 Toll-free
radkids.org

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Provides free, confidential advice and support 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. They also operate an online hotline providing live, secure help to victims through an instant messaging-type interface. In addition, you can use the zip code search to locate a counseling center in your area.
2000 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
24/7 Hotline: (800) 656-4673
rainn.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126
redtreehouse.org

Reins of Freedom

Program: Provides trauma-informed mental health care focusing on children, adults and families who have experienced sexual abuse/trafficking, while also making services available to those with anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. Their scope of expertise is offering equine (horse) assisted psychotherapy, where clients can interact with horses as part of their treatment plan.
Eligibility: children and youth ages 4 and older
Cost: Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options. Offers reduced fees to those that qualify.
3 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 633-5946
reinsoffreedom.org

Safer Schools Ohio

Sign up for SafterOH Tip Line to report potential suicide, school shootings, bullying or other problems anonymously. This program is based on four components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. They also provide guidance to Ohio school administrators in planning, educating staff, and enforcing their school’s safety and security operations.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 644-2641
SaferOH Tip Line: call or text (844) 723-3764
saferschools.ohio.gov

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

This 24-hour free, confidential local rape helpline offers emotional support, counseling referrals and community education for victims of sexual assault, rape, abuse and incest.
1299 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
24-Hour Local Hotline: (614) 267-7020
National Hotline (RAINN): (800) 656-4673
ohiohealth.com/services/neuroscience/our-programs/behavioral-and-mental-health/sarnco

Shaken Baby Alliance

Their website contains resources and information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as resources for reporting abuse.
8101 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76179
(817) 882-8686 Toll-free
shakenbaby.org

She Has A Name

A faith-based organization that teaches job skills to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide education classes, increase awareness and serve partner organizations in the Central Ohio community.
605 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 636-0421
shehasaname.org

She Has A Name Cleaning Services

Residential and commercial cleaning company that empowers survivors of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio. Provides survivors of human trafficking the opportunity to be restored into society and welcomed into the workplace through an innovative business that provides top-quality cleaning services to clients who care.
1059 Cable Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
shancleaning.com

Stomp Out Bullying

Focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse. Their HelpChat Line is a free and confidential help chat for youth ages 13-24. It is intended to assist those who are victims of all forms of bullying and those who may be at-risk for suicide as a result of being bullied. There are resources for youth, parents and educators.
(877) 602-8559
stompoutbullying.org

Stop It Now!

This national organization offers information on internet safety, sexual behavior problems in youth, age-appropriate sexual behavior, legal help and more. They also have a toll-free confidential helpline and an online help center for victims of child abuse.
Helpline: (888) 773-8368
stopitnow.org

StopBullying.gov

Provides information and tips on ways to support kids involved in bullying, assess bullying and learning the warning signs. Information is also available on youth with special needs who are being bullied, as well as information about state laws and policies.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
stopbullying.gov

Survivor’s Ink

Offers full scholarships to survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation to have their physical scars, markings and brandings covered or removed.
PO Box 44001, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 344-9388
survivorsink.org

The SWITCH National Anti-Human Trafficking Network

A national network providing support, resources, housing, protection to victims of human trafficking, street prostitution, homeless and vulnerable youth. SWITCH advocates and works towards awareness, enforcement, community connections and prevention programs.
178 West Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 285-4433
jointheswitch.org