This page is in honor of my best friend Susan. I deiced to create this page after watching her struggle to find the resources she needed when leaving an abusive marriage with her kids. I hope these links will help anyone looking to leave a bad situation or for ways to improve their situation.
There are many Harbor Houses across the country. Each with their own websites. The best way for you to find one is to google Harbor House, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, or Harbor House plus your state.
Ocean’s Harbor House – “A safe haven for youth”
Women’s Shelters – National Directory
Domestic Shelters – National Directory
Homeless Shelters – National Directory
Food Pantries – Find food pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks, and more
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Locator – Also known as Food Stamps
Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) Locator – This link also allows you to search by state other food assistance programs such as school lunch programs and more. Many States offer summer food programs for school aged kids 18 years and younger.
Click Here to be taken to my page with legal resources.
Legal Aid Locator – Legal Aid is meant for civil cases
Child Custody and Visitation Information by State – This could be helpful if leaving a relationship where kids are involved. Know what your rights are as a parent and know what constitutes standard visitation requirements. Learn how to get a modification to visitation, and more. This could be a great resource for learning what the laws are in your state to help protect your kids as best you can from an abusive parent.
Protection and Restraining Orders information page
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders – General information with a link to find what the laws are in your state
You can use the American Bar Association to find your State Bar Association. This link takes you to the Find a Lawyer page on your State Bar Association website, and there is also lot of other resources to be found there as well. For instance under “For The Public” there are links to such things as: what to do if you have a problem with a lawyer, filing a grievance, a list of resources for if you can’t afford a lawyer, list of affordable legal services, free legal resources, and more. You can also find under the “Do You Need A Lawyer” link and others, a link to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). This service pairs you up with a lawyer who will give you a 30 minute consultation for $20.
Domestic Violence Links
Click here for articles on Abuse and Mental Health
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Office On Women’s Health – Emotional & Verbal Abuse
Help For Men Who Are Being Abused – Article
It’s important when choosing a counselor to read up on who you are seeing to make sure they are a good match for you. There are many different types of therapy styles. Click here to read up on the different types of therapy styles to see which style you think would fit you best. Psychology Today is a great website for finding local counselors. They provide information for each counselor as to what therapy styles they use, what conditions they treat, any areas they may specialize in, and list what insurance companies they accept as well as their hourly rates.