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Child Abuse / Bullying / Trafficking

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Provides free, confidential support 24/7 to anyone in crisis or emotional distress. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the lifeline for help. A skilled, trained crisis worker will answer. This person will listen to you, provide support, and share any resources that may be helpful. Deaf/Hard of Hearing/ASL users can call 988 videophone.
Always call 911 first for emergencies.
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988
Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis: (888) 628-9454
Main Website: 988lifeline.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (for Professionals): sprc.org

Where’s The Line?

Educates 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 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 Information About Bullying

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

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

Ohio Juvenile Civil Protection Orders
supremecourtofohio.gov

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

Alianza 614 (Alliance 614)

This advocacy group seeks to integrate the Latino/Hispanic community in the City of Columbus. They offer a monthly produce pantry, place referrals to community organizations for migrants, and host regular community events. Their focus includes cultural awareness and inclusivity, ending human trafficking, anti-bullying, and promoting recycling.
215 South Harris Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 500-2123
alianza614.org

Blue Campaign

This national public awareness campaign is designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Blue Campaign works closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create general awareness training and materials to increase detection of human trafficking and identify victims.
To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement: (866) 347-2423
dhs.gov/blue-campaign

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

Provides resources and confidential support for LGBTQ+ survivors of hate and bias violence, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of violence. They have walk-in hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, and offer a live helpline on weekdays. You can also text or email the organization with questions. BRAVO also offers trainings for professionals and service survivors. Their website has many resources for survivors in Ohio and nationwide.
King-Lincoln Medical Center 750 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Helpline: (866) 862-7286
Text an advocate: (614) 333-1907
bravo.equitashealth.org

Center for Family Safety & Healing

Supports individuals and families experiencing violence, including; child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. Services include:

  • Counseling Services: for adults, children, and families.
    Adult Counseling Services:  (614) 722-8293
    Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212, Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Child Assessment Center: provides comprehensive evaluation, medical treatment, and community resources for children who have experience abuse.
    (614) 722-3278
  • Fostering Connections: specialized clinic and care coordination for youth in foster care.
    (614) 722-6789
  • Maternal-Infant Home Visitation: programs for caregivers who are pregnant or parenting a newborn.
    (614) 722-8222

655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
General: (614) 722-8200
familysafetyandhealing.org

Central Ohio Reach and Restore Coalition

Provides a collaborative community response to human trafficking in central Ohio through education, services for survivors, advocacy, and prosecution. They hold monthly meetings that are open to the public. They also provide free workshops and trainings on human trafficking.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888
(614) 437-2149
swo.salvationarmy.org/reachandrestore/

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth, including:

  • 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 in Reynoldsburg and Franklinton.
  • Equip Skills Center: Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break: A day-long anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program helps teens develop compassion for each other.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Offers spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers. Connects teens who have been released with mentors and peer groups.
  • Deaf Teen Quest: Fellowship groups for teens who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Gracehaven: Services for trafficked and exploited youth include a therapeutic group home, case management, and mentoring.
  • Parent Life: Connects expectant and parenting teens with adult volunteers and community partners for help with parenting skills, childcare, transportation, mentoring, and more.

PO Box 14804, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 848-4870
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.
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

CleanTurn

Offers stable employment for survivors of human trafficking, as well as men and women impacted by generational poverty, incarceration and former drug abuse. CleanTurn provides affordable and professional home cleaning services, construction services, and commercial cleaning services.
1059 Cable Avenue, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
cleanturn.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. Their website also has information on other police services, recruitment, public safety, and press releases. Citizens can also file a complaint regarding police misconduct or excessive use of force.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency Police Services: (614) 645-4545
Columbus Police Service Desk: (614) 645-4760
Citizen Complaints: (614) 645-9600
Columbus Division of Police: columbus.gov/police
City of Columbus Inspector General: new.columbus.gov/Government/Inspector-General

Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC)

Provides high quality early learning so that children are ready for Kindergarten and can achieve school success. CELC Centers are rated 5 Stars in the Step Up to Quality Rating System. They offer a home visiting program as well, which provides free books and toys for families with children ages 16 months through 4 years. They offer center-based care for families with children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. CELC also provides expectant parents and parents of newborns support through the Healthy Families America program. They have multiple locations throughout Columbus.

  • 240 North Champion Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 4
  • 1150 East Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 6
  • 760 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253 – 5525 ext. 5
  • 1350 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614) 253 – 5525
  • 1400 Mrytle Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 365 – 7962

columbusearlylearning.org

 

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower Black and urban communities through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services.

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Community for New Direction (CND)

Non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Youth services include a Summer Day Camp, after-school program, and in-school program. They teach leadership development, anti-bullying and violence prevention, job readiness, college preparedness, and focus on ATOD-V (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as violence) education. They also take high-school aged youth on an annual college tour and offer a FOCUS (Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students) program.

  • East Office: 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • West Office: 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • South Office: 1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Outpatient Treatment Services: 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Main Phone: (614) 272-1464
Treatment Services Phone: (614) 252-4941
cndcolumbus.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County

This program provides court-appointed volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, throughout legal proceedings. CASA Volunteers get to know the child and conduct an investigation to understand the child’s situation, in order to make fact-based recommendations to the Juvenile Court about custody, placement, visitation and services that could assist the child or family. Go online to find program specifics or to become a CASA Volunteer.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-7450
casa.franklincountyohio.gov

CrimeTracker 10

Offers a community crime map to make people aware of recent reported crime, as well as find information on the locations of known sex offenders.
10tv.com/crimetracker-10

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental and behavioral health 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: Varies per program, serves those from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old.
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 counseling programs; psychiatric services require referral through a Directions for Youth counselor.

  • DFYF Main Office: 1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center: 657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center: 3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0214

Central Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Empower Our Youth Foundation

Offers a range of services for kids ages 5-17 to create a positive and nurturing environment for youth. Programs include a literacy and STEM academy, annual fashion and art shows, community give-back projects, social outings, and bullying prevention programs. They provide a safe space to assist with the reporting of bullying incidents to authorities, and their website has additional educational and anti-bullying resources for parents.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 512-6511
empowerouryouthfoundation.org

Family Services/Community Services for the Deaf

Nonprofit providing counseling and community based social services in Southwestern Ohio. Their community services for the Deaf include ASL classes, interpreting, case management, and youth programs. They offer specialized counseling services for sexual abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, and trauma recovery. They also host groups for justice-involved individuals, perpetrators of domestic violence, alcohol and drug recovery.
2211 Arbor Boulevard, Moraine, Ohio 45439
(937) 222-9481
Video Phone: (937) 641-8187
fsadayton.org

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)

Serves: Families and individuals 0-21 years old with developmental disabilities in Franklin County. 
County agency supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Provides vital educational, employment, and support services including: home-based services, developmental evaluations, occupational, physical, and speech therapies, transportation, and more. Families can find helpful information on programs, eligibility, and Major Unusual Incident (MUI) reporting online.
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-6440
24-hour Emergency: (614) 464-2743
fcbdd.org
FCBDD Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory

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 2023 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 Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Provides information and support to victims and witnesses navigating the criminal justice system. Assistants help victims in sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, stalking, and homicide cases. The Juvenile Division helps victims in cases where the offender is a parent or caretaker. The Victim Witness Assistant located at The Center for Family Safety and Healing provides on-site assistance to victims of child abuse seen at the Center. The website has helpful information on the duties of Victim witness Assistants, Victim Rights, Offender Search tools, and more.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Adult Division: (614) 525-3555
Juvenile Division: (614) 525-4440
prosecutor.franklincountyohio.gov/criminal-division/victim-witness-unit

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. You can also visit the website for menus and site locations.
123 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 92-3252
freedomalacart.org

Gracehaven

A faith-based non-profit organization that cares for sexually exploited children under age 18 by providing services, such as long-term shelter, education and mentoring. They also offer prevention education, intervention training and awareness to the community.
PO Box 82102, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 665-0665
gracehaven.me

HEAL Trafficking

HEAL stands for Health, Education, Advocacy, and Linkage. HEAL is an integrated network of survivors and multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a public health perspective. On their website they list free assessment tools, protocol toolkits, webinars, patient resources, publications and reports and more. Visit the website for contact information.
healtrafficking.org

Huckleberry House

Serves: Youth & Teens
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.

1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-8097
YOP Shop: 2216 Bancroft Street, Columbus Ohio 43219
(614) 826-3630
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553
huckhouse.org

IMPACT Safety

Teaches personal 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

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) 211 Central Ohio

Faith-based organization providing a wide range of services across Ohio. Services include Faith Mission homeless shelter, food, health care, affordable senior living and domestic violence help. Visit the website for detailed program information and to find an office near you. The United Way/LSS 211 Information and Referral network can connect you to other social services across Franklin County.

lssnetworkofhope.org

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program: Agency providing mental health, substance abuse, and prevention services for individuals. Services include mental health assessment, counseling, psychiatry, home-based therapy, case management, municipal court services, and telehealth. Special Programs include Aggression Management, Alcohol and Drugs, Sexually Abusive Behavior Program, and Therapeutic Behavioral Services intervention program.
Elibility: Children, adolescents and individuals in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Delaware counties.
Cost: Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover, and self-pay. Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization

  • Franklin County: 2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 751-0042
  • Fairfield County: 106 Starret Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-0042
  • Licking County: 68 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 281-1777
  • Delaware County: 106 Stover Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 417-9265

mopsohio.com

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Offers trauma-focused, best practice and trauma specific services to children and adult victims, survivors, and co-survivors of crime and trauma at no cost.
Program: Services include individual trauma informed counseling, group therapeutic services, trauma informed yoga groups, play therapy, horticultural therapeutic programs and clinical case management
Eligibility: ages 5 and up who have experienced a traumatic event
Cost: free
Referral: They accept both self-referrals and professional referrals to the program.
(614) 234-5900
mountcarmelhealth.com/about-us/community-benefit/outreach-programs/crime-and-trauma-assistance-program-ctap

MY Project USA

A faith-based organization working to protect and empower youth and families in underprivileged neighborhoods. They offer a food pantry, parent education, and community events. Their website has educational resources for parents on internet safety, abuse, and more. Youth programming includes a reading program for grades 1-9, youth soccer league, and free counseling and mentoring. The MY Helpline is a referral service for survivors and victims of gangs, trafficking, drugs, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and violence in Central Ohio.
3275 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 905-0977
MY Helpline: (614) 971-9375
myprojectusa.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

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.
24-Hour Hotline / CyberTipline: (800) 843-5678
missingkids.com
cybertipline.org

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

This advocacy organization helps develop programs, public policy and provider information to prevent shaken baby syndrome.
(801) 447-9360
dontshake.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline

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 the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. The website also has reliable information about sexual abuse/assault, being able to recognize potential warning signs, knowing how to respond and being aware of resources can help. If you have been sexually assaulted, help is available. Call your local police or contact the national sexual assault hotline at (800) 656-4673.
nsopw.gov

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: Offers an array of therapeutic services for youth and families including; foster parent training, kinship care and adoption support, community-based and home-based behavioral/mental health services, group living care, independent and transitional living services, case management, substance abuse treatment, services for sexually reactive children, and services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Eligibility: 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

  • Administrative Office: 1801 Watermark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (877) 692-7226
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420
  • 1395 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 987-7200
  • 59 Grant Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511
  • Adoption Services: (937) 277-6101

nyap.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) It’s Not Cool to Be Cruel

This interactive educational program for students in 5th-7th grade deals with the physical and emotional cruelty caused by bullying and violence. Students learn to appreciate differences and build skills for great empathy and compassion. The program travels to various classrooms, youth groups, and organizations. Teachers and group leaders can register online to request the program for a small fee.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0678
nationwidechildrens.org/its-not-cool-to-be-cruel

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Proud Linden Parent

Free parenting program for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-8 who live in zip codes 43211 and 43224. Participants connect with other parents in the community at various locations in Linden for 11 weeks, and learn skills for raising young children.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-9327
nationwidechildrens.org/about-us/population-health-and-wellness/healthy-neighborhoods-healthy-families/neighbors/linden/proud-linden-parent-program

Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF)

Provides statewide advocacy, funding, and educational resources for parents and professionals to prevent child abuse and neglect. Programs include Parent Cafe support groups for parents and free online positive parenting class (Triple P). Browse their website for informational articles related to parenting.
(614) 387-5478 or (614) 722-5305
To report child abuse in Ohio: (855) 642-4453
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program
Central Ohio Website: Regional Prevention Councils/Central
Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Website: octf.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/octf

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Ohio Refugee Services Program

Program of services and benefits created to help those legally defined as refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, foreign-born victims of human trafficking, or secondary migrants. Services include health screenings, cash assistance, employability services, school integration services, and support services for refugees age 60+. Applications for benefits can be made through a local county department of job and family services, call or use the website to find a location near you.
(614) 466-4815
About Refugee Services: jfs.ohio.gov/cash-food-and-refugee-assistance/refugee-services/information-for-refugees/about-refugee-services
Application Portal: ssp.benefits.ohio.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal

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.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733
humantrafficking.ohio.gov
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/sexual-assault-and-domestic-violence-prevention-program/human-trafficking

Ohio Human Trafficking Victim Services Directory

Run by the State Attorney General’s Office, this website is a searchable database of agencies and programs offering services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. You can search by county or by category, including residential programs for youth, substance use treatment, drop-in centers, peer support, short-term housing, emergency housing, emergency response lines and more.
www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/HTVictimServicesDirectory

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. Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.
General Information: (202) 790-6300
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 or 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. Visit the website to find a program near you.
(844) 723-5437 Toll-free
radkids.org

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

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.
24/7 Hotline: (800) 656-4673
rainn.org

Reaching for the Shining Starz

Provides hygiene bags, meals, and basic clothing needs to women in the Sullivant Avenue and Linden areas who are caught in addiction, homelessness, and human trafficking. They also provide education and prevention presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 23402, Columbus, Ohio 43222
theshiningstarz.org

Red Treehouse

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.
redtreehouse.org

Safe at Home

Helps victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, sexual battery or members of the household of a victim of one of the previously listed offenses by shielding their personal information from public record and providing them with a safe and secure way to participate in voting. Program participants are assigned a substitute address designated by the Secretary of State’s Office to serve as their address.
(614) 995-2255
PO Box 16395, Columbus, Ohio 43216
safeathomeohio.gov

Safer Schools Ohio

Sign up for SaferOH 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
ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov/home

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various faith-based services for Central Ohio families. Housing Services include finding housing, financial assistance, and case management. They also offer programs for youth after-school programming and tutoring, food assistance, emergency utility assistance, support for human trafficking survivors, and addiction recovery. Their thrift stores offer items at bargain prices to fund programs. You can find thrift store, church locations, and program details on their website.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811 or (800) 725-2769
  • Housing Service Locations
    Franklin County: 966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Delaware & Union Counties: 3769 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    Morrow County: 644 West Marion Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
    Homeless Hotline: (614) 274-7000
  • Youth Learning Centers
    Linden: 3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    Hilltop: 2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 437-2159
  • Food Pantries: Call to schedule an appointment
    Franklin County: (614) 341-2282
    Delaware County: (740) 369-5301
    Union County: (740) 363-9487
    Senior Food Boxes: (614) 437-2134
  • Human Trafficking Services:
    24/7 Hotline: (888) 373-7888
    (614) 358-2614
  • Addiction Rehabilitation Center: Serves men struggling with addiction
    (614) 221-4269
  • Emergency Utility Assistance:
    Use the link to find a caseworker in your zip code for assistance.
    easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/caseworker-zip-code-list/

easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/home

Sanctuary Night

Drop-in center on the West side of Columbus for womxn at risk for sexual exploitation who need a place to rest, eat, connect, and get desired resources. Certified Peer Support Specialists and Clinical Case Managers connect women to requested services and provide relational support. It has a large kitchen for women to make and eat meals together, two showers, a washer/dryer, a clothing & hygiene closet, a healthcare clinic, and a hospitality room where guests can hang out and rest. They also provide harm-reduction tools, such as Narcan and condoms, as well as case management and peer support services.
(614) 349-1154
1195 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
sanctuarynight.com

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families: sesameworkshop.org/resources
sesamestreet.org/home

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

Provides advocacy and emotional support services in conjunction with medical and social services at OhioHealth Emergency Departments and other local facilities in central Ohio. The 24-hour free, confidential local rape helpline offers emotional support, counseling referrals and education for victims of sexual assault, rape, abuse and incest. The Aftercare Advocacy program helps survivors access additional community resources, with legal reporting, and safety planning.
1299 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
24-Hour Local Hotline: (614) 267-7020
Aftercare Advocacy : (614) 788-4739
ohiohealth.com/community-health/sarnco

Shaken Baby Alliance

Their website contains resources and information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as resources for reporting abuse.
(817) 882-8686
To report child abuse: (800) 252-5400
shakenbaby.org

She Has A Name

A non-profit organization that teaches job skills and offer educational support to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide education classes that help increase student’s understanding of human trafficking and how to serve survivors, and serve partner anti-human trafficking organizations in the Central Ohio community.
345 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 636-0421
shehasaname.org

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.
General Inquiries: (877) 602-8559
stompoutbullying.org
HelpChat Line: stompoutbullying.org/helpchat

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 what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. They also provide resources on state laws, policies and regulations and bullying prevention training.
stopbullying.gov

Survivor’s Ink

Provides scholarships to survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation to have physical scars, tattoos, or markings covered by volunteer tattoo artists.
PO Box 905 , Jackson, Ohio, 45640
facebook.com/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, Suite B, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 285-4433
jointheswitch.org

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136
umadaopfc.com

US Together

Mutual assistance agency serving refugees and immigrants in Ohio. Services include ESL classes, interpreter services, intensive case management, comprehensive care for victims of crime or gender violence, citizenship tutoring, healthcare access, and more.

  • Columbus: 1415 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 437-9941
  • Cleveland: 2800 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    (216) 456-9630
  • Toledo: 3450 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43606
    (419) 469-2529

ustogether.us

We Amplify Voices (WAV)

Provides healing, creative workshops for school-aged youth, teens and adults in recovery, women in prison, and survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio. Their workshops bring people together with artists to turn their experiences and emotions into visual or musical art to share with the community.  Their youth program, We The Change, is offered at 6 middle schools as an after-school and summer program. They also host free art workshops for all ages at their West Side Studio every other week. Go online to register for workshops, volunteer as an artist, or to stream their music.
1327 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 525-0369
weamplifyvoices.org


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