Domestic Violence Resources

Last month we looked at what domestic violence is and how to identify it. This month, we are providing resources for how to obtain help when needed. These resources are helpful for those looking to leave an abusive situation or for friends/family supporting a victim.

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

For general questions and guidance, the 24/7 National DV Hotline is available by calling 1-800-799-7233.

CHAT support is available at The Hotline and clicking the “chat live now” button at the bottom of the page.

There is a text option by texting: START to 88788

Local shelters are an excellent resource when fleeing an abusive situation or even for those who may not need shelter but need assistance due to domestic violence. Case workers at the shelter can help. Kathy’s Legacy serves children and pets impacted by domestic violence and does not work directly with adult victims or provide shelter. We have compiled a list of resources in San Diego that is always available on our website if you or someone you know needs assistance.

Shelters in San Diego:

San Diego Family Justice Center – Downtown San Diego – (866) 933-4673

YMCA San Diego| Vi McKinney Becky’s House – Downtown San Diego – (619) 234-3164

Center for Community Solutions – Mission Bay, Escondido and El Cajon – (888)385-4657

Community Resource Center – Encinitas – (877) 633-1112

Women’s Resource Center – Oceanside – (760) 757-3500

South Bay Community Services – Chula Vista –(800) 640-2933

If you are in San Diego and seeking shelter but have a dog or a cat that needs fostering, please contact Kathy’s Legacy directly at 760-931-4704 or online.

The San Diego District Attorney’s office is also a great resource for shelters, DV services, Spanish speaking agencies, e-learning and other hotlines.

If you are outside of San Diego or live in another state, you can search state resources HERE

A National Shelter Search tool has been provided by DomesticShelters.Org

The NCADV has compiled an extensive list of resources covering:

Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence National Crisis Organizations and Assistance, Children, Teens, Differently Able, Women of Color, Latina/Latino, Immigrant, Indigenous Women, Asian/Pacific Islander, Lesbian-Bi-Sexual-Gay-Transgender-Gender Non-Conforming, Abuse in Later Life, Men, and Legal.

To view resources in all of these categories visit:

General Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Love is Respect


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