San Francisco offers a range of resources for intimate partner abuse survivors, their children and families, as well as resources for batterers attempting to overcome their violent behavior. These resources include shelters, support lines and legal help.
Crisis Lines and Shelters:
WOMAN Inc provides a free 24 hour crisis line through which survivors can get shelter referrals, make individual or group counseling appointments, help with food and clothing donations, and sign up for restraining order clinics.
La Casa de las Madres
La Casa provides a crisis line with the above services and runs its own shelter for women escaping violence. Our crisis line listed above is toll free (statewide) 24/7.
Asian Women's Shelter
AWS provides a crisis line and shelter in San Francisco.
24 hours, support for parents under stress
San Francisco SafeStart
24 hours, for anyone concerned about a child under age 6 who is exposed to violence
Teen Hotline (at La Casa)
support for teens experiencing dating violence
San Francisco SafeStart
services for children age 6 and under living with family violence in Bayview Hunters Point, Chinatown, Mission, Western Addition and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods
LINC provides training and treatment to support child witness of domestic violence
Legal Services for Children
Child Trauma Research Project
CTRP provides assessment, treatment and case management services for children birth to age 6 who have been affected by domestic violence or other trauma.
Men Overcoming Violence (MOVE)
POCOVI (Spanish only)
San Francisco Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit 415.553.9225
Family Violence Project 415.553.9044 - The Family Violence Project provides advocates for victims and assistance via Victim Witness funds.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Through targeted media campaign and policy change, FVPF works to prevent violence within the home and in the community, and to help those whose lives are devastated by abuse.
Partners Ending Domestic Violence
Emerging from the movement to end violence against women, the Consortium and Partners dedicate themselves to eliminating domestic violence and ensuring the basic rights of safety, self-determination and well-being to victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Whether or not you feel able to leave an abuser, there are things you can do to keep yourself and your children safe.
Talk to someone you trust (a family member, friend, colleague, or counselor).
Call one of the numbers on this website. You can get help planning ways in which to stay safe.
If you are thinking about leaving, leave an emergency kit with someone you trust. Include: Cash (including coins for phone calls) and checks; clothes and personal articles for you and your children; medications; house and car keys; important phone numbers; copies of important papers: (driver's license/picture ID, birth certificates, passport, health insurance papers, foodstamps, house and car titles, rent receipts, marriage license, immunization records); and a special toy or book for your child or children.
Discuss a safety plan with your children, including how to call 911 in an emergency.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.