Community resources

Confidential support

Asian American Community Services
The Family Support Program (FSP) is a volunteer-based program that addresses issues of violence such as: domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and hate crimes.  FSP assists Asian victims and their families who suffer from any types of above violence in the community. The program supports and assists the victims by helping them to understand their options and working with them on making important decisions about the American social system including legal/court, medical and educational system. They have trained staff and volunteers who are bilingual in Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Laotian, and Vietnamese. FSP provides necessary intervention, ensuring confidential, efficient, accurate and client-friendly services.

Capital University Law School’s Family Advocacy Clinic 
The Clinic serves victims of domestic violence who do not meet eligibility criteria to receive legal aid assistance, but who are still unable to afford a private attorney.  The Clinic’s partners include the Legal Aid Society, CHOICES Shelter, and the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.  If students meet their criteria, they may assist with attaining a protection order.

Columbus City Attorney’s Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit           
This office takes reports, investigates cases and assists with needs of victims/survivors during the court process for misdemeanor domestic violence and stalking cases.  A referral may be made for those seeking a protection order. If you wish to file a criminal complaint you must appear in person at the Prosecution Resources Unit, Intake Section which is located on the 7th floor of 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Columbus Police Department Sexual Abuse Squad
Takes reports and investigates sexual assault cases which occur off campus in the city of Columbus.  Columbus police detectives may meet a victim/survivor in the emergency department of central Ohio hospitals, at the location of the crime, in the victim’s/survivor’s home (if they reside in Columbus) or at the police station located in downtown Columbus. 

Columbus Urban League
Free support and education services for African American clients.  The Columbus Urban League provides community education and support services for rape and sexual assault victims.  They may also help victims/survivors file for Victims of Crime Compensation and offers a school based curriculum on rape and sexual assault.

FirstLink 24-Hour Information & Referral Services  
A general referral resource to help address a wide range of needs (e.g.  clothing, housing, food, etc.).  

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Unit
The Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides information regarding the practices and procedures of the criminal justice system to victims and/or witnesses. The unit assists victims, witnesses, and the Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney assigned to the cases.   The Victim Witness Assistants in the Adult Criminal Division assist victims in cases where the defendant is an adult accused of certain felony crimes. These crimes include sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, stalking, homicide, and others.

Mt. Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program                                  
The Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program provides specialized professional assistance to victims of crime and trauma. Available to both adults and children, the program facilitates recovery through education and therapeutic intervention, with personal and empathetic opportunities for support and healing in both group and individual settings.  Mt. Carmel provides free counseling services and begins their intake process by phone.   Please call them for more information.

Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program                        
This office can provide financial compensation for those who have experienced crimes and meet the requirements for the program.
877-584-2846    614-466-5610

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)                            
A national hotline that connects callers to their nearest rape crisis line

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) 24-Hour Rape Helpline   

Stalking Resource Center
1-800-FYI-CALL (M-F 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM EST)

Suicide Prevention Services 24-Hour Hotline                                  

VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Some states have the ability to display this website in Spanish. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.

NOTE: If a person is dealing with a stalker or intimate partner abuse/domestic violence situation, it is important to take precautions when accessing any kind of support.  In some circumstances, stalkers and/or abusers may access phone or computer records.  When possible, people in these situations may want to use public computers or phones to seek out information.  It is also good to safeguard your information by frequently changing passwords to random, unpredictable ones.  It may also be helpful to think about steps that can be taken to keep information away from a stalker or intimate partner (e.g. keeping things with a friend or getting mail at a different address).

The nature of the resources listed below is for immediate or primary support or advocacy, as well as local ongoing services.  For other resources, including advocacy, informational/educational, legal, and programmatic resources, please see the Additional Resources pages.

ASHA Ray of Hope: 614-565-2918 Domestic Violence resources for the South Asian community

BRAVO: BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification through prevention, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services.

Catholic Social Services: 614-221-5851

Choices: for victims of domestic violence

Columbus Bar Association Find a Lawyer

Columbus Urban League: 614-257-6300 Free support and education for African American clients

Committee Against Sexual Harassment (c/o YWCA): 614-224-9121 Advice and referrals for employment issues

Domestic Violence Shelters in Ohio

Family Violence and Prevention Center

Grant Medical Center

Jewish Family Services: 614-231-1890

Legal Aid Society of Columbus: 614‐224‐8374

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Directory of services by county

Ohio Dept. of Health Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Ohio Hispanic Coalition Domestic Violence 24 hour Hotline: 614-746-3534 Spanish- and English-language services for Latino(a)s/Hispanics.

Ohio Stalking Information

Riverside Methodist Hospital

Shalom Task Force Domestic Violence Hotline: 888-883-2323 Resources for the Jewish community.  Advocates available to speak Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Hungarian, and Spanish.

Suicide Prevention Services 24‐Hour Hotline:  614‐221‐5445

Stalking Resource Center

Women's Outreach for Women: 614-242-1284 Support services for women, sensitive to needs of Latinas & lesbians experiencing intimate partner abuse.

For employees:
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Columbus Regional Office
Aman Mehra, Regional Director
Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-5928  Fax: 614-466-6250 
TTY: 614-752-2391