Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for nationwide support and referrals. This hotline is toll-free, 24-hour crisis line offering counseling and information on more than 4,000 shelters and service providers throughout the United States. Bilingual staff and a language line are available for every non-English speaking caller. phone: 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Alameda County Legal Assistance

Alameda County Bar Association
Offers a lawyer referral service, in addition to their Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC). VLSC provides free legal assistance to low-income residents in Alameda County in the areas of family law, immigration and debt collection. Spanish-speaking intakes are available every Wednesday from 1-3. phone: 510-893-7160

Alameda County Superior Court
Several family law forms are available online, including: divorce, separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, visitation and paternity.
Family Court Facilitator: 510-208-4969
Family Court Clerks: 510-208-4935
Family Court Services: 510-272-6030

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Provides free and sliding-scale legal services to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Their practice is currently focused in the areas of family law/domestic violence, immigration and immigrant rights, senior law/elder abuse, trafficking, and civil rights. phone: 510-251-2846, 415-567-6255

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
The largest provider of free civil legal services in the Bay Area, BayLegal has seven regional offices that work together to provide high quality legal assistance to low-income people regardless of their location, language, or disability. Staff attorneys speak Mandarin, Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese. BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines. They assist people in the areas of housing, public benefits, health access, and domestic violence. phone: 510-663-4744

Catholic Charities
Provides a variety of services including housing, counseling, refugee resettlement, detention ministry, and special programs for youth, seniors, and Asian communities. Legal services are available regarding immigration. phone: 510-168-3100; counseling: 888-970-2232

International Institute of the East Bay
Through its legal and social services, the Institute helps newcomers with immigration, English language acquisition, and employment needs, and meets a critical need for information on their rights and opportunities as newcomers to the United States. Programs include immigration legal services, ESL and child care classes, community education, and resources for battered immigrant women. phone: 510-451-2846

Alameda County Shelters

A Safe Place
Offers a comprehensive program that provides both shelter and professional support services for battered women and their children, including individual and peer group counseling. They also have a 24-hour crisis and shelter referral and information line. phone: 510-536-SAFE (7233)

Building Futures with Women and Children
Provides a full continuum of emergency and support services to battered women in Alameda County, including those suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. In addition to shelters, BFWC offers support groups and advocacy. phone: 866-A-WAY-OUT (292-9688)

Emergency Shelter Program
Provides shelter for women and children. Services include: food, a 24-hour crisis line, information and referrals, housing, counseling, job search and employment assistance, and child and infant care. phone: 510-786-1246, 888-339-SAFE (7233)

Shelter Against Violent Environments (S.A.V.E.)
Serves Mid- and Southern Alameda County, as well as Silicon Valley. In addition to shelter and transitional housing, S.A.V.E. offers legal assistance and support groups. phone: 510-794-6055

Tri-Valley Haven for Women
Provides shelter and counseling for battered women and their children, a 24-hour crisis line, and operates the only rape crisis center in the Tri-Valley area. Services include a food pantry, life skills education classes for homeless families, and community education and violence prevention programs. phone: 925-449-5842, 800-884-8119; counseling services: 925-449-5845

Women’s Refuge
Provides shelter for homeless women without children in the East Bay. Services include case management, advocacy, and support groups. phone: 510-547-4663

San Francisco Bay Area: General Support

Eden Information and Referral
Daily updates of East Bay shelter availability, plus links to a variety of comprehensive services. phone: 510-537-2552, Spanish: 510-537-2710

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
A multi-service agency, serving battered women in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area through a 24-hour crisis line, support and legal services, plus special support programs for lesbian, Latina-bicultural, and teen clients. phone: 415-864-4722; 24-hour crisis line: 877-384-3578

San Francisco County Shelters

Asian Women’s Shelter
AWS is a comprehensive shelter program in San Francisco that provides safety, food, shelter, advocacy, and other resources to assist women. They have an on-call pool of multilingual advocates to respond to the wide range of Asian languages spoken in the Bay Area. phone: 877-751-0880

La Casa de Las Madres
Offers emergency residential shelter to battered women and their children while providing counseling, and family-based services and referrals. All services are offered free-of-charge in English and Spanish. 24-hour hotline: 877-503-1850, 415-503-1850; counseling: 415-503-0500; teen crisis line: 877-923-0700, 415-503-0501

Rosalie House
Provides emergency shelter, and safe and confidential services for abused women and their children. phone: 415-255-0165

Contra Costa County Shelters

STAND! Against Domestic Violence
Offers a variety of services, including: a 24-hour crisis line for victims and batterers, drop-in counseling, life skills training, emergency shelter, transitional housing and employment programs, parenting classes, support groups, advocacy, and legal services. victims’ phone: 888-215-5555; batterers’ phone: 925-676-2968

Marin County Shelters

Marin Abused Women’s Services
Services include 24-hour emergency hotlines, housing facilities, support groups, and a men’s program to teach men to stop their violence and abuse. women’s phone: 415-924-6616; men’s phone: 415-924-1070; spanish phone: 415-924-3456

Sacramento County Shelters

Women Escaping a Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.)
W.E.A.V.E. provides services to survivors of domestic violence and their families, as well as survivors of sexual assault in Sacramento County. W.E.A.V.E. offers a vast array of crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling programs. phone: 916-920-2952

San Mateo County Shelters

CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)
Provides free and confidential emergency, intervention and prevention services, including the county’s only emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims/survivors and services in Spanish, English and 800-300-1080

Santa Clara County Shelters

Asian Women’s Home
Emergency shelter for battered women and children in the county and greater Bay Area. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, individual and peer group counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy. phone: 408-975-2739

Next Door
This organization offers services including counseling and emergency shelter to individuals and their children in abusive relationships. phone: 408-279-2962

La Isla Pacifica
La Isla is a battered women’s shelter that is part of the comprehensive services provided by Community Solutions to Violence. Other services include a 24-hour rape crisis line, legal advocacy, support groups, batterer’s intervention program, and supervised visitation. phone: 408-683-4118, 831-637-SAFE (7233)

Support Network for Battered Women
Provides a multitude of comprehensive services, including: a bilingual (English/Spanish) 24-hour crisis line, shelter, counseling, child therapy, legal assistance and advocacy. phone: 800-572-2782

Youth Crisis Lines

Teen Crisis Line
Covenant House is the largest privately-funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless youth including health care, education, vocational preparation, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, recreation, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach and aftercare. Their crisis line offers referrals for a variety of situations. phone: 800-999-9999


Telephone hotline and online databases provide information about youth programs and services in the Bay Area. Their service covers San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. phone: 888-977-3399 (4-10pm)

Youth Counseling

La Clínica de la Raza
Offers support groups for girls and boys, free individual counseling for teens, medical advice, OB/GYN services for girls under 21 years, and HIV testing. All services are confidential. phone: 510-535-4000 or 510-535-4230

Pediatric Care
Individual counseling for teens – fee is on a sliding scale. Services available for children and families dealing with life-threatening illness and loss. phone: 510-531-7551

Scotlan Center
Girl Power support group where teen girls talk about everything. Family case management services also available. phone: 510-832-4544

Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County (SMAAC) Youth Center
Support groups for queer youth (male, female, and transgender), HIV testing, poetry workshops, dance classes, social movie nights. phone: 510-834-9578

Alameda County Child and Family Services
Report Child Abuse: 510-259-1800 or 800-843-5200