Note: These Crisis Resources are good for a lot of things, but when you’re in immediate danger, there’s no substitute for calling 9-1-1. Protect yourself—you’re worth it!
If you’re not in immediate danger, these crisis resources are great places to find someone to talk to about what you or a friend is experiencing and what options are out there. You can also remain anonymous!
Portland Metro Area Resources
Volunteers of America, Home Free. 503.771.5503 (Hotline), 503.473.7396 (Teen advocate, call or text) * ∫
VOA Home Free is a domestic violence intervention agency that helps kids, teens and adults who are experiencing abuse. Teen advocates are on staff during the day and evening to meet with teens 1:1 or connect them to weekly teen support groups.
Portland Women’s Crisis Line 1.888.235.5333 * ∫
Portland Women’s Crisis Line, or PWCL, helps people of all genders experiencing dating abuse or sexual assault. They have a 24 hour crisis line that coordinates available domestic violence shelter space around the Portland Metro area. They also have an advocate on staff who works specifically with youth.
Sexual Assault Resource Center: 503.640.5311 * ∫
The Sexual Assault Resource Center, or SARC, runs a 24-hours crisis line for teen and adult survivors of sexual assault or abuse. SARC also has a program that provides long-term support and case management for youth who’ve been forced to have sex for money.
Proyecto Unica 503-232-4448 *
Offers a 24-hour Spanish language crisis line, case management and advocacy, and Spanish language support groups.
Bradley Angle House Crisis Line: 503.281.2442 *
A domestic violence shelter in the Portland Metro area that houses women and their children. Bradley Angle House also has culturally specific services for women of color and the LGBTQ community.
Clackamas Women’s Services 1.888.684.2288
Clackamas Women’s Services provides shelter and transitional support for women working to leave an abusive relationship.
Multnomah County Mental Health Line: 503.988.4888*
A 24-hour crisis line for people experiencing or hoping to avoid a mental health crisis. They offer 24/7 crisis counseling with translation for non-English speakers and referrals to low-cost or sliding scale counseling agencies.
National Resources just for Teens
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1.866.331.9474 *
A 24-hour hotline with peer advocates available to talk. Help for teens, by teens.
Trevor Project: 1.866.4-U-Trevor *
A 24-hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. They also offer internet chat with peer counselors.
Other National Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE *
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) 1.800.656.HOPE*
Gay and Lesbian National Hotline: 1.888.843.4564
Alcohol & Drug Helpline 1.800.923.HELP *
Child Abuse Reporting Hotline (Multnomah County): 503.731.3100 *
* 24/7 service or can connect to 24/7 service
∫ Teen-specific advocates or services
Websites to learn more about teen dating violence, sexual assault, and healthy sexuality
www.loveisrespect.org — handbooks, quizzes and other resources as well as live chats with peer advocates
www.thatsnotcool.org — games, videos and an advice column focusing on digital abuse (i.e. demanding passwords to your facebook or myspace, constant texting, etc)
www.athinline.org — info and quizzes on teen dating abuse, especially digital abuse
www.jrplaw.org — legal resources for teens
www.plannedparenthood.org — sexual health resources for teens
www.scarleteen.com — information about teen sexuality