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Child Abuse / Bullying

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

This interactive educational program for middle school students 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. The goal is to help students become compassionate, caring and cooperative.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

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

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:

  • Homework help and educational after school programs
  • Summer camps for Latino / Hispanic children
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • English (ESOL) and citizenship classes for adults
  • Support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 840-9934

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides a variety of services for the Asian community:

    • After school and summer tutoring and mentoring programs for Asian Americans in grades K to 12, including educational, ESOL and college prep activities
    • Family Support Program (counseling) for victims of bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes
    • 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 Hotline: (614) 216-4988

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

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

  • Free employment counseling, skills training and job placement help
  • Services for new refugees for the first 3 months of their arrival in the U.S
  • ESOL (English) classes and translation services
  • Immigration legal programs, including help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos and work authorization
  • Counseling and support to limited English proficient (LEP) people who are victims of crimes or trafficking
  • Health and wellness programs

New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 235-5747

Additional Bullying Resources

Bullying in Schools

The Bully Project:  Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit

Kids Health

National Bullying Prevention Center

Safer Schools Ohio: Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources

Violence Prevention Works: Bullying

Wrightslaw: Harrassment

Ohio Juvenile Civil Protection Orders

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative

Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence

Offers physicians 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.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(800) 433-9016

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

Teens can call the toll-free confidential helpline to receive advice and report hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence or sexual assault and more. They also offer a domestic violence support group for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people.
870 North Pearl Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-free: (866)-862-7286 or (614) 294-7867

Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition

Established in the United States under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist victims of human trafficking, this coalition of community agencies provides information and resources through their 24-hour hotline. They provide counseling and services in central Ohio for female child, teen and adult victims of human trafficking. They also have a drop-in center.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
National Hotline: (888) 373-7888

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, Arizone 85018
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 4-A-CHILD or (800) 422-4453

Columbus Division of Police

Individuals can file reports and complaints about child abuse and other issues. Other prevention and alert information is also available.
120 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-4760 or (614) 645-4545

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

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

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website

The U.S Department of Justice provides this website to allow people to find information online about sex offenders. The website also has reliable information about sexual abuse.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20530
(202) 514-4689

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. They can link families with community services, such as parenting classes, child care and substance abuse treatment. View the 2017 FCCS Community Resource Guide.
4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
24-Hour Hotline: (614) 229-7000


Gracehaven is 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.
PO Box 82102, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 886-7011

Huckleberry House Crisis Program

Provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention to youth and teens. Runaway youth can go to a designated Safe Place site for immediate assistance and support, at any 24-hour Kroger store, White Castle or local fire station. Teens must be willing to work on family problems. Support is free and confidential. They also provide a wide range of counseling services to address issues such as abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, behavior problems and more.
1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553
Counseling Program: (614) 294-8097

Impact Safety

Teaches safety awareness through workshops offered for people of all ages, starting with children age 5 and above. Children 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. Many programs are free but some require a fee.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 437-2936

Just Yell Fire

Teaches girls to fight back against predators and sexual assault. Download the free nationally recognized film.
PO Box 5647, Vancouver, Washington 98668

Legal Services for Victims of Trauma & Abuse

Click below to go to the CAP4Kids legal page, which has many resources for children, teens and adults who are victims of violence, abuse or trauma.
Go to CAP4Kids Legal Services Page

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program:  Provides a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents and families.  Individual, group and family therapy is offered and also their Therapeutic Mentor Program; which helps to enhance skills learned in therapy.  Other services address adjustments disorders, grief and loss, disruptive behaviors and mood disorders.  They also specialize in blended families, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anger management and ADHD.
Elibility:  children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost:  Ohio Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover.  Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral:  no referral needed
2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 751-0042

More Counseling Resources for Victims of Abuse & Trauma

For a complete list of local counseling services, click below to go to the CAP4Kids Mental Health page, which has a section on counseling for victims of abuse and trauma.
Go to CAP4Kids Counseling for Victims of Abuse

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Helps children and teen victims of crime and trauma, including victims of domestic violence. They provide free counseling and healing in both group and individual settings. Click for a list of their support groups or call their helpline. Interpreter services are available as well. To qualify, children must be above age 4 and have experienced a traumatic event in the past 6 months. Click for a helpful list of resources for children affected by violence.
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 234-5900

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
(800) THE-LOST or (800) 843-5678

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

This advocacy organization helps develop programs and public policy to prevent shaken baby syndrome.
1433 North Highway 89, Farmington, Utah 84025
Toll-free: (801) 447-9360

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.
P.O. Box 53315, Washington, DC 20009
24-Hour Hotline: (888) 373-7888

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: individual and group counseling for youth with significant at-risk behaviors, psychiatry, assessment services, case management services, crisis intervention, psychological testing, substance abuse counseling, in-home therapy, services for children in the foster care system and also at-risk children who are not involved in the foster care system.  Also offers behavioral and mental health services for adults.
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
    24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226 or (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511

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

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office for Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

Provides tips for preventing and coping with bullying, as well as an overview of bullying laws and school policies in Ohio.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338 or (614) 995-1545

Ohio Youth Advocate Program (OYAP)

Offers counseling services for children and adolescents in foster care and parenting classes, outpatient counseling and community-based psychiatric support treatment. They also provide sex offender treatment services for youth and in-home programs for teens with aggressive or violent behaviors. They take foster care referrals and help connect foster children with resources in the community.  Please call the 24-hour central intake line for details.

  • 24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (866) 438-6508 or (614) 583-1005
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511

Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

Represents Ohio’s 88 county children services agencies. Go online to find resources and contact information for children services and child protective services in each Ohio county. Click for a county directory of children service agencies.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-5802

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-Hour Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE or (800) 656-4673

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. is a collaborative effort of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Ohio Family and Children First.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126

Safer Schools Ohio

This program is based on four components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. They provide guidance to Ohio school administrators in planning, educating staff, and enforcing their school’s safety and security operations.  Their website provides resources for school officials ranging from Safer Schools posters and school safety grants, to Ohio laws governing school safety.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000 or (844) 723-3764 (SaferOH tip line)

Shaken Baby Alliance

Their website contains resources and information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as resources for reporting abuse.
8551 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76179
Toll-free: (877) 636-3727

Stomp Out Bullying

Focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse.  This website shares lessons and offers solutions about homophobia, racism and hatred and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities. Kids and parents can find help for those in need, at risk of suicide, raising awareness and peer mentoring programs in schools. Professionals and parents can access ways on how to keep their children safe and responsible online.
(877) 602-8559

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.
351 Pleasant Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061
(888) PREVENT or (888) 773-8368

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers this website with 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.  Utilize resources available and learn about state policies and laws.  Click below for information or call the hotline for help.
200 Independence Way, S.W., Washington, DC  20201
(800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255

Survivors to Alivers

Offers an online support community allowing survivors of sexual abuse, rape, child abuse and domestic violence to support and encourage each other along their journey of healing.
PO Box 215, Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 434-6010

The Center for Family Safety & Healing

Fully 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 who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722- 8200

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.  ICU and PeerPositive System Program brochures.
P.O. Box 298172, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 285-4433

U.S Department of Health & Human Services SAMHSA

Click to see the Take Action against Bullying Guide, a helpful guide for parents to learn how to talk to their kids about bullying and help to prevent it.
1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20847
Toll-free: (877) 726-4727 or (800) 457-4899 (TDD)