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Reporting & Helplines

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

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

Serve LGBTQ+ individuals across Ohio who are experiencing hate and bias violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, or another related form of violence. They serve teens/youth, though they may be required to report suspected/known abuse to a minor. To contact BRAVO, you can call their toll-free number, email or report a question at report@bravo-ohio.org, text or visit their website and click the secure chat box to chat live with an advocate online.
4400 North High Street, Suite 207, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Helpline: (866) 862-7286 Toll-free
Text an advocate at (614) 333-1907
bravo-ohio.org

Center for New Beginnings Shelter & Services

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Provides free, confidential emergency shelter and supportive services, including support groups and therapeutic groups, to community members in Licking County who are victims of a domestic violence situation and need help. A free, confidential 24-hour crisis line is available for those who may have questions or concerns about domestic violence and for those who are in search of a safe home.
(740) 349-8719
24-hour Crisis Phone Line: (800) 686-2760
thewoodland.org/center-for-new-beginnings

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
Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit: text to (614) 653-8075
columbuscityattorney.org/dv.aspx

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.
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
Service Desk: (614) 645-4760
Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit: text to (614) 653-8075
columbus.gov/police

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
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 2020 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 (CPO’s) / Juvenile Protection Orders (JPO’s), interpreters, Self Represented Resource Center (SRRC) for those who do not have the financial resources to retain private counsel and more. Their youth education and intervention programs work to divert delinquent youth from going further into the Juvenile Justice System through prevention, intervention and treatment services. Services are provided for free.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Administration: (614) 525-3628
drj.fccourts.org
Phone Directory: drj.fccourts.org/DRJ.aspx?PN=Quick_Phone_Directory.htm

Local Police Agencies

Non-Emergency Numbers

*Calls handled by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Radio Room

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)

Provides free, confidential help, information and referrals for victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. Their website provides resources and information as well.
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 TTY or text LOVEIS to 22522
thehotline.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.
Hotline: (800) 656-4673
nsopw.gov

Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)

Support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence through training, public awareness, and technical assistance and to promote social change through the implementation of public policy. Their website provides a lot of information and community resources. Call their free information line for a referral or information about domestic violence.
1855 East Dublin-Granville, Suite 301, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 781-9651 or (800) 934-9840 Toll-free
odvn.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

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 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

Turning Point

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Provides temporary shelter for victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children, food, transportation, individual and group education and support; as well as advocacy, transitional housing and a crisis line that provides victims with supportive listening, information and referral resources and access to agency services. All services are free of charge and confidential. They serve primarily domestic violence victims and their families in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow,
Union and Wyandot Counties.
PO Box 875, Marion, Ohio 43301

24-Hour Hotline:

  • (800) 232-6505 for callers outside of Marion
  • (740) 382-8988 for local and business calls
  • Text “turningpoint”, “turning point”, “tphelp” or “turningHELP” to 20121

turningpoint6.org