Domestic violence is a destructive pattern of behavior that is harmful to the relationship and family. This is not something you should be forced to live with, even if you love someone and have hope that their behavior may change it should be your top priority to be as safe as possible at all times. There are options if you need to get out of a bad situation, take advantage of them.
Filing for an Application for a Restraining Order – CT Judicial: This page contains a PDF file with the instructions needed for filing for the order, and what forms you will need to complete.
Anchor Health Initiative – Case Management Program: Through the efforts of our Care Team and Senior Manager of Community Services, we are able to provide a holistic approach to wellness for LGBTQ clients in need of support. These services are available to patients of Anchor Health Initiative. If you’re not currently a patient, call or email to make an appointment today.
Locations: Stamford & Hamden, CT
• Access to basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, toiletries, etc.
• Transportation to medical appointments
• Employment resources
• Insurance and affordable healthcare assistance
• Connections to mental health providers and support groups
• Help with substance use
• Resources for STI/STD prevention
• Assistance with updating gender ID documents, including licenses, birth certificates, social security, passports, etc.
• Connections to legal counselors for help with immigration status
• Help for individuals in abusive relationships
• Resources for emergency financial assistance
BHcare is a regional nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive and integrated system of care for adults, children and families who are struggling with mental health issues, substance use issues, or domestic violence.
Locations: Ansonia, Branford, Derby, & North Haven, CT
(BHcare) The Umbrella Center: The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) provides services for victims and their children. All services offered are free of charge and confidential. Services support 170 different languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Services Offered: Walk-in Crisis Services & 24-hour Hotline – Emergency Safe Houses – Crisis Intervention – Individual Counseling – Support Groups – Court-based Advocacy – Domestic Violence Education & Prevention
Click here to confidentially e-mail UCDVS.
Locations: Ansonia & New Haven, CT
Bridge Family Center: is a comprehensive, regional nonprofit agency that provides a broad range of services for children and families throughout the Greater Hartford area. Founded in 1969, the Bridge offers a safe haven for children and families in crisis as well as positive, healthy intervention and prevention programs.
We offer a safe haven for teens and young adults throughout our region, many of whom have experienced significant trauma. A high percentage of the girls we care for are victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
- Short-Term Assessment and Respite youth shelters throughout Greater Hartford and beyond for children ages 11-18 (DCF referred);
- Therapeutic Group Home for boys ages 13-18 (DCF referred);
- Emergency Shelter for homeless children and teens ages 13-17;
- Transitional and Independent Living programs for young adults ages 16-21.
Location: West Hartford, CT
Center for Family Justice: The Center for Family Justice breaks the cycle of abuse and violence – domestic, sexual and child – by providing services that create hope, restore lives and drive social change through education and community collaboration.
Center for Family Justice DV Hotline: 203-384-9559
Center for Family Justice Sexual Assault Hotline: 203-333-2233
Center for Family Justice Civil Court Advocate: 203-579-7211
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Satellite Offices (walk in or call main number for appointment)
Fairfield: Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace
Monroe: Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road
Phone: 203-452-2800 ext. 1177
Trumbull: 121 Old Mine Road
Stratford: Town of Stratford Community Services, Birdseye Municipal Complex,
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (CCADV) works to improve social conditions and lead Connecticut’s response to domestic violence through policy, advocacy, public awareness, technical assistance, and training.
Location: Wethersfield, CT
Connecticut SAVIN – CT SAVIN is operated by the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) service and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. In addition to VINELink, CT SAVIN offers a free and anonymous telephone service that provides crime victims and interested individuals with information and notification.
VINE Service Representatives (VSRs) are always available to help callers. Persons with hearing and speech impairments may also register by calling 711 for the Telecommunications Relay Service or a VSR.
Phone : (877) 846-3428
Location: State Wide Access
CTSafeConnect.com: Safe Connect is a project of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) that was developed as a way to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access information, resources and assistance. It is our goal to remove barriers. People contact Safe Connect for themselves or someone else they care about. Some have questions about their relationships and just want to talk. We take your lead, offering information, options, and possible outcomes.
CT Safe Connect offers a 24/7 crisis hotline for survivors of domestic violence, call 888-774-2900
Domestic Violence Crisis Center: Our mission is to provide effective services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence across Connecuticut and beyond.
Locations: Stamford – Norwalk
Interval House is Connecticut’s largest domestic violence agency. We represent 24 towns and cities and our clients come from each and every one of those towns. Our 20-bed safe house provides services for abused women and children 24-hours-a-day, 365-days a year.
Interval House has both an English and a Spanish-speaking staff. We also have a telephone translation service allowing staff to communicate with callers and clients in many languages.
24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 860-527-0550
LINEA DE CRISIS (SPANISH): 844-831-9200
Kathie’s Place – Center for Family Justice: a domestic violence safe home for adults and children fleeing their abusive situation. Our Crisis counselor/advocates offer support in a secure, non-judgmental environment where families, individuals and children can learn to keep themselves safe, access appropriate services, and work toward an independent living situation.
Kathie’s Place has 15-beds and offers up to 60 days of emergency shelter for women and children. Residents receive advocacy and counseling services from the staff both at The Center and the safe house. Weekly house meetings are held at the safe house and activities are planned regularly for the children.
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Kids In Crisis: provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. Crisis can can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges.
The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with trained Crisis Counselors, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 148,000 children and teens, and their families. Providers, educators, community members, and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline: 203-661-1911 for support.
Location: Cos Cob, CT
LifeBridge Community Services: Helps adults, youths, and families by providing the tools that strengthen their ability to cope, adapt, and overcome challenges. Our comprehensive services support people struggling with personal issues, family challenges, domestic violence, trauma, loss, and unemployment. We operate the only walk-in behavioral health clinic.
Sign Language Interpreting Services based on availability.
Location: Bridgeport, CT
1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224
We answer the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse. We conduct our work with compassion and in the spirit of inclusion, and we meet all individuals with respect and without judgment.
Location: State Wide Access
National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. Call 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711) – Text 233733 – Live Chat
Location: State Wide Access
Network Against Domestic Abuse Of North Central Connecticut, Inc.: The Network assists families and individuals who have experienced domestic and intimate partner violence. We educate to promote healthy relationships, and advocate for safer communities. The Network leads North Central Connecticut in preventing domestic abuse and fostering, healthy, violence-free relationships.
We operate a 15 bed confidential safe home in an undisclosed location for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. We make all efforts to be sure you and your family feel safe and secure, and offer free counseling services to you and your children.
24-HOUR HOTLINE (860)763-4542
Location: Enfield, CT
Prudence Crandall Center has been a leader in our state’s efforts to reduce the devastating impact of domestic violence in the lives of victims, their children, and our community. Today PCC is one of only a few programs in the country offering the full spectrum of shelter, housing and support services needed to offer practical, long-term solutions to the challenges faced by victims, helping them heal and move forward to safe, self-sufficient lives, free of violence.
We also provide professional trainings, prevention programs for youth, and outreach to raise awareness, reach victims in need, and prevent violence in the future. Through all of our programs and services, we touch the lives of 8,000 adults and children each year throughout our region and state.
Our shelter home includes individual bedrooms, a common living room, a large kitchen and dining area, laundry and health facilities, a children’s playroom, teen resource room, and playground. There is a separate space for male victims and/or families with older adolescent males, as needed, to ensure these victims remain connected to essential services while respecting the privacy needs of all clients.
24-Hour Emergency Helpline: 1-888-774-2900 or 1-860-225-6357
Location: New Britain, CT
Safe Haven: provides emergency shelter and free comprehensive support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Haven is committed to ending violence and sexual assault by changing the social conditions and beliefs that perpetuate violence against women and children.
Safe Haven serves the towns of Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury for domestic violence.
We serve the towns of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury for sexual assault.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. As a collaborative community prevention initiative, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Safe Place locations include: libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
For Connecticut locations click HERE
To use TXT 4 HELP, text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 4HELP (44357).
If you believe your are danger, get to a safe location and call or text 911 immediately!
Help and resources for: Abuse, Anxiety & Stress, Body Awareness, Bullying, Drugs & Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Homeless Youth, Human Trafficking, LGBTQ, Life Changes, Loss & Greif, Pregnancy, Rape, Running Away, Sex, Sexual Assault, STD’s, Suicide Prevention, and Teen Dating Violence.
State of Connecticut Office of Victim Services (OVS) provides help with CT SAVIN registration and questions and provides information on OVS programs and services and referrals to various agencies. The Helpline is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The toll-free telephone number is (800) 822-8428. OVS also provides financial help to eligible crime victims, court-based victim advocacy, and funding to non-profit and public organizations to provide various services to crime victims, including criminal justice support/advocacy, therapy, safety planning, and group treatment/support.
Helpline: (800) 822-8428
Location: State Wide Access
We all reach out for help in various ways that are not necessarily face to face with another person. For some, a warm line or text line may be comfortable, for others, their choice could be a supportive online community. It is an unfortunate truth that the world is not a safe place for anyone, especially those who are hurt or venerable. Both men and women face sexual harassment online though women experience this nearly three times more often. If you choose to seek support in an online community or forum, we would like to direct you to a blog entry on VPNmentor.com entitled, “The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women.” This resource provides valuable insight on how to better protect yourself in the online world and how to avoid harassment on social media sites.
This comprehensive guide was created by women for women and offers tips on avoiding harassment and abuse on several different platforms including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, LinkedIn, and online dating sites.
Location: State Wide Access
NOTE: This is not a domestic violence resource, it appears on this page due to the connection of online stalking of women from former relationships. If you are the victim of online harassment or sexual abuse contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Underground’s work is to engage and equip the regular people of the church into action against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Empowered through our members, our work takes many forms, from prayer and awareness events to mentoring and career workshops. Our goal is to bridge individuals to the experts and professionals in our state, while also filling gaps identified by frontline workers. In this way, we draw on the gifts and talents of the faith community and avoid duplicating existing services or resources.
Location: Bloomfield, CT
VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT (VOCA) – Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies: Case management program provides holistic supportive services for victims of crime to encourage safety and resiliency. VOCA Case Managers support the personal growth and emotional healing of victims.
Providing support for the following victims:
Adults Sexually Abused/Assaulted as Children – Adult Physical Assault – Bullying (Cyber, Physical, or Verbal) – Burglary – Child Physical Abuse and Neglect – Domestic and/or Family Violence – DUI/DWI Incidents – Elder Abuse/Neglect – Hate Crime (Racial/Religious/Gender/ Sexual Orientation/Other) – Human Trafficking: Sex/Labor – Identity Theft/Fraud/Financial Crimes – Other Vehicular Victimization – Stalking/Harassment – Survivors of Homicide Victims – Teen Dating Victimization
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Women’s Center: has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas.
Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.
Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204
Location: Danbury, CT