Domestic Abuse Resources For Survivors In Philadelphia

It’s a challenging time for everyone. Being cooped up in your home for weeks on end can grate on even the most stable of relationships. For those in abusive situations, it can be downright dangerous. You might feel like you have nowhere to go and nobody to talk to. You might feel trapped and alone.
You don’t have to suffer in silence. Now more than ever, you deserve a safe and healthy environment.

Help is available. Consider reaching out to one of these services in the Philadelphia area. All are free and confidential.

  • Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-723-3014. Talk to a trained advocate 24/7. Two safe havens are also available for victims and their children, offering shelter for up to 90 days as well as meals, child care, counseling services and relocation assistance.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24-hour assistance is available via phone (1-800-799-7233), text (22522) or live chat. You can also find a wealth of information on their website.

  • Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Philadelphia: A safe harbor and emergency shelter, this organization also provides support groups, a children’s program, legal help (412-355-7400), medical advocacy (412-232-7479) and a 24-hour hotline (412-687-8005 ext. 1 or 877-338-8255). The website also provides COVID-specific planning and guidance for victims of domestic abuse.

  • Lutheran Settlement House Bilingual Domestic Violence Program: 215-426-8610 (ext. 1236). Spanish and English counseling services are available, including video counseling. Transitional housing is also offered through the Sheila Brown Women’s Center.

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos Latina Domestic Violence Program: This bilingual program offers advocacy services, support groups (Spanish and English), counseling and relocation assistance.

  • Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia: The Eliza Shirley house provides emergency shelter for families who are homeless due to domestic violence (or other reasons). Additional services include counseling, support groups and medical care.

  • Women’s Law Project: This statewide organization provides telephone counseling and referral services for domestic violence victims. Contact them online to receive a callback or call 215-928-9801 (ext. 5760) to leave a message.

Of course, don’t hesitate to call 911 if your health or safety is in jeopardy.

You’re Not Alone

In toxic situations, isolation is a breeding ground for further abuse. Remember that you’re not alone.

Even though courts are closed for most in-person functions during the pandemic, you can still seek a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order. You might also be able to pursue an emergency custody order or custody modification. Do not hesitate to speak with one of our lawyers for guidance on your specific situation.

This alert is intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own attorney concerning your situation and specific legal questions you have. We are fully operational during this pandemic and stand ready to assist as you navigate this ongoing and developing COVID-19 situation.