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Violence, Trauma & Abuse Resources

Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw)

The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730 or (614) 236-6768
familyyouthlaw.org

Break the Cycle

Provides in depth dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. Teens can go online to ask confidential, anonymous questions about dating violence, learn facts about abuse and find out how to protect themselves. They also offer youth leadership and education opportunities, legal services and are involved with advocacy.
PO Box 20035, Washington, DC 20035
(202) 824-0707
breakthecycle.org

City of Columbus Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit

Provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall help for victims of domestic violence and stalking. Specialized prosecutors handle cases for victims that are high risk, including children.
375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6232
columbuscityattorney.org/prosecution-dv.aspx

Columbus Division of Police

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

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 2017 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

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations & Juvenile Branch

Handles all domestic relations matters, including protection for victims of domestic violence. Services include mediation services, Civil Protection Orders and Juvenile Protection Orders, interpreters; Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel, youth education and intervention programs, and more. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-6640
drj.fccourts.org

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Provides information to victims and witnesses about the procedures of the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-4440
prosecutor.franklincountyohio.gov/juvenile-division

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and naturalization.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or Toll-free: (888) 246-4420
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or Toll-free: (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or Toll-free: (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.org

Office for Victims of Crime

Provides an online directory of crime victim services, victims’ rights information, resources for international victims and toll-free telephone numbers.
810 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20531
ovc.gov

Ohio Attorney General Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Provides financial help to innocent victims of violent crimes (including domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide). Payments can cover medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The application can be submitted online.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-4986 or (800) 582-2877
For general information: (877) 584-2846
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Victims/Apply-for-Victims-Compensation.aspx

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (formerly The Justice League of Ohio)

Free legal representation to state and federal victims of crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process. They also offer Free Victims’ Rights Training to hospitals, victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and the community to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights laws and to ensure consistent systemic implementation of crime victims’ rights laws.
P.O. Box 369, Powell, OH, 43065
(614) 848-8500
ocvjc.org
victimsrightstoolkit.com

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction Office of Victim Services

Offers several services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention and advocacy, information and referrals, notification regarding inmates and online resources for victims. Call the toll-free number for more information.
770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(888) 842-8464
drc.ohio.gov/victims

Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Family Violence Prevention Center (FVPC)

Although they do not provide direct services to victims, they offer a lot of information about local and state programs for victims of sexual assault, hate crimes, homicide, domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual abuse. They have brochures on teen dating violence in multiple languages and a list of domestic violence shelters.
Physical Address: 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Mailing Address: PO Box 182081, Columbus, Ohio 43218
(888) 448-4842 or (614) 466-0306
ocjs.ohio.gov/family_violence.stm