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Domestic Violence

If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, call or text 911.

Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological and includes tactics such as intimidation, isolation, manipulation, and threats to inflict harm.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office is a national leader on domestic violence legislation, sponsoring Senate Bill 1141 (2021, Sen. Rubio), which added coercive control to the California Family Code definition of domestic abuse. This can now form the basis for a restraining order in family court.


If you need someone to talk to, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TDD 800-787-3224 and online at The hotline is free, available 24/7, and confidential. Staff can help you in numerous languages and direct you to services and/or a local shelter, the location of which is kept confidential. You can also text "START" to 88788.

If you are between the ages of 13-18 and need support services or someone to talk to about teen dating violence, chat live at Love Is Respect, text "loveis" to 22522, or call 866-331-9474 or TDD 866-331-8453. Calls are free and confidential.

Elder Abuse

Older adults are sometimes victimized by strangers, caretakers, or relatives. Any crime should be reported. In an emergency, call or text 911. If you have questions about elder abuse or need help anytime, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, contact the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-877-477-3646. 

Court Support

Resources for Victims of Crime



  • Computer use can be monitored and it is very difficult to completely clear all website footprints. If you are in danger, please use a safe computer that your abuser cannot access directly or remotely.
  • Email is not a safe way to talk to someone about the abuse in your life.
  • There are hundreds of ways to record everything you do on the computer and sites that you access on the internet.
  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Use a computer at a public library, a trusted friend's house or a computer lab to access resources and information. Any indication that you're planning on leaving your situation could increase your danger.
  • It is not possible to delete or clear all computer information for footprints. Erasing or deleting files and/or history could also alert your abusive partner or ex-partner and possibly increase your danger.
  • Spyware can be installed easily on a computer and smart phone and it is hard to detect. Every key stroke, text message, conversation and GPS location can be seen and heard by someone monitoring you.
  • The myPlan app is a customized assessment tool that provides resources, support, and safety planning to anyone in an abusive relationship.
  • Visit Technology Safety for more tips for online safety.

Shelter and Support Services

1736 Family Crisis Center
213-745-6434, 213-222-1237, 
310-370-5902, 310-379-3620
The People Concern (Sojourn)
Haven Hills, Inc.
Jenesse Center, Inc.

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
(specialty with AAPI clients)

Rainbow Services, Ltd.
Jewish Family Service of L.A.
818-505-0900, 323-681-2626 
SAHARA (South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency)
Su Casa -Ending Domestic Violence
Women and Children's Crisis Shelter
Women Shelter of Long Beach
East L.A. Women's Center


Legal Aid

Break the Cycle
(for anyone 12 to 24 years old) 
Community Legal Aid SoCal
Legal Aid Foundation of L.A.
LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
L.A. LGBT Center
L.A. Center for Law and Justice
Neighborhood Legal Services of L.A.
Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
Bet Tzedek
Coalition for Economic Survival
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights L.A.
1-888-624-4752, 213-353-1333 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California
English: 888-349-9695
普通话/广东话: 800-520-2356
한국어: 800-867-3640
Tagalog: 855-300-2552
हिन्दी: 855-971-2552
ภาษาไทย: 800-914-9583
Tiếng Việt: 714-477-2958