Provides free, confidential advice 24 hours a day and is available 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 the phone. This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share any resources that may be helpful. 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 (for Patients): 988lifeline.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (for Professionals): sprc.org
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
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
Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer community training and a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling and medical services for foster children) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
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
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
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
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.
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
Service Desk: (614) 645-4760
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.
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
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.
Central Intake: (614) 294-2661
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
24-hour Emergency Major Unusual Incidents (MUI) Reporting: (614) 464-2743
FCBDD Location Directory: fcbdd.org/about-us/directory
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.
24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
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
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
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.
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:
1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
YOP Shop: 2216 Bancroft Street, Columbus Ohio 43219
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553
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
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
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
Referral: They accept both self-referrals and professional referrals to the program.
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
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
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.
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
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
A program of services and benefits created to help refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, and foreign-born victims of human trafficking. Coordinates federal funding for health screenings, services for older refugees, programs for school-age refugees and employment programs for adults. Refugees may be eligible for cash assistance, medical assistance and social services. Applications for benefits need to be made through a local county department of job and family services.
Physical Address: 4020 East Fifth Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43218
Mailing Address: PO Box 183204, Columbus, Ohio 43218
JFS County Agency Directory: jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.stm
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
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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.
PO Box 16395, Columbus, Ohio 43216
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, Christmas assistance and food meal boxes, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance, help for trafficking survivors and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores
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 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
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
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
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