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Resources on Children Exposed to Violence

Direct Services

If you know of a child in need of assistance or help, consider contacting one of the following organizations, which offer confidential services to victims of crime and their loved ones.

Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline
Phone: 800–4–A–CHILD (800–422–4453)
You can access the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline and its staff of professional crisis counselors 24 hours daily from anywhere in the United States, its territories, and Canada.

Through interpreters, communication is possible in more than 150 languages. The confidential and anonymous hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Phone: 800–THE–LOST (800–843–5678)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1984 to serve as the Nation’s resource for issues regarding missing and sexually exploited children.

NCMEC provides information and resources to law enforcement, other professionals, parents, and children, including child victims themselves. If you have any information regarding a missing child or a child who is a victim of sexual exploitation, call NCMEC at 800–THE–LOST® (1–800–843–5678).

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 800–799–SAFE (7233)
TTY: 800–787–3224
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, and other resources to anyone affected by domestic violence. It is the only domestic violence hotline in the Nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs throughout all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico, Guam; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The hotline is toll free, confidential, and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services.

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Phone: 888–373–7888
Text: BeFree (233733)
This confidential hotline is operated by the Polaris Project and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The hotline offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and for victims of human trafficking to ask for help.

To report a tip or connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, call 888–373–7888 or text BeFree (233733). Interpreters are available upon request.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Phone: 800–656–HOPE (4673)
Online Hotline (Live Chat):
RAINN is the Nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates both the telephonic National Sexual Assault Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, which offers free, confidential services to victims of sexual assault.

RAINN also seeks to educate the public about sexual assault, and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services for victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, consider contacting one of the following organizations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors who will have a measurable impact on them as they grow into young adults.

By working to create successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, Big Brothers Big Sisters contributes to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. Learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or enroll a child today.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

National CASA also offers information on volunteering with a local program.

Informational Resources

Learn about federal, state, and nonprofit organizations that are working to build a safer environment for America’s youth.

Adults and Children Together Against Violence
The American Psychological Association’s Adults and Children Together Against Violence (ACT) program teaches communities and adults how to create safe, healthy environments that protect children and youth from violence. ACT disseminates research-based information and teaches skills to adults with simple, accessible, user-friendly messages and materials. Learn how to get involved with ACT in your community.

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to helping all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being. Visit for information related to child health, including nutrition, fitness, immunizations, and emotional wellness as well as specific guidance on parenting issues.

You may find a pediatrician or ask a pediatrician a health question through the organization’s website.

National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation works to promote the healthy development of children and youth and end their sexual abuse and exploitation.

National Indian Child Welfare Association
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. It also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs.

National Native Children’s Trauma Center
This organization seeks to address high rates of traumatic stress among American Indian/Alaska Native children by working under the guidance of U.S. tribal nations in implementing, adapting, and evaluating interventions to assist children’s recovery from trauma. This work requires all involved to understand, respect, and honor tribal sovereignty; address specific community needs; and use traditional healing practices.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families throughout the United States.

Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of traumatic experiences that children may endure, and attention to cultural perspectives, the network serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.

Prevent Child Abuse America
The mission of Prevent Child Abuse America is to "prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children" by addressing all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional. Visit the Prevent Child Abuse America website to learn more about child abuse prevention and to find out how you can get involved in your state.
Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text message, or online. Visit to learn the warning signs of bullying and how to get help. This site provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. (formerly was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, which is composed of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.

The group promotes the goals of positive, healthy outcomes for youth by supporting, identifying and disseminating promising and effective strategies, and promoting enhanced collaboration.

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Additional Information

Learn about programs that OVC is funding to develop more innovative ways of addressing the needs of young victims.

Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth
This OVC-funded 6-year multicomponent demonstration project is designed to—

  • identify and promote healing for victims of crime;
  • provide or coordinate prevention and intervention services to youth and families experiencing trauma and victimization; and
  • build capacity within communities to meet the needs of youth exposed to violence.

The following demonstration sites received funding from OVC to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry:

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation: Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (Purpose Area 6)
The Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program provides comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent. Funds support tribal efforts to develop, enhance, and operate programs to improve the investigation, prosecution, and overall response to child abuse.

During fiscal year's 2016–2018, OVC provided funding to the following organizations under this Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Purpose Area:

  • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
  • Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
  • Central Council (Juneau, Alaska)
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Comanche Nation
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
  • Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community
  • Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
  • Kawerak, Inc.
  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians
  • Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • Puyallup Tribal Council
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Round Valley Indian Tribes
  • Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Seminole Nation Of Oklahoma
  • Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington
  • Tulalip Tribes of Washington
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Yurok Tribe

Visit the OVC Grant Award Search page for more information about these programs.

Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking: A Jurisdiction-wide Approach
The overarching goal of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and enhancing a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and jurisdiction-wide approach to human trafficking.

The following organizations received funding from OVC to provide services for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking:

Learn more about these programs and find additional grantee programs to support human trafficking victims on OVC's human trafficking grantee matrix.

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Topical Resources

Click on the OVC topics below to access publications, related links, frequently asked questions, solicitations, and more.

Child and Youth Victimization
Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse
Child Trafficking and Exploitation
Children Exposed to Violence
Teen Dating Violence

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