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VIolence & Abuse

Violence and abuse of any form can profoundly affect a person’s safety, health and well-being, both in the present, as well over their lifetime. If you or someone you care about may be experiencing some form of violence or abuse, act now.

For additional Franklin County resources for victims of family violence, please click here

Franklin County Children's Services

Franklin County Children’s Services (Child Abuse/Neglect) 614-229-7000


Franklin County Children Services is Protecting Children by Strengthening Families. Our Mission is clear — Through collaboration with families and their communities, we advocate for the safety, permanency and well-being of each child we serve in a manner that honors family and culture.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

614-722-8200 -
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43205

For those impacted by family violence, the path to healing can be a difficult one.

But healing is possible if you have the right people by your side. With the resources we have available, the many short and long-term effects of family violence, both personal and global, can be overcome. In fact, many people are on that path to healing right now.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts is here to provide each person the personalized care they need, while working to eliminate the damage that these heinous acts cost society as a whole. Here, we focus on all aspects of family violence, beyond prevention and intervention:

The goal of everything we do is to break the cycle. And to restore hope.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
Rape, Abuse, Incest: National Network:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

CHOICES Crisis Hotline

CHOICES Crisis Hotline (Domestic Violence) 614-224-4663

Since 1977, LSS CHOICES has provided counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, education, and community and legal support and advocacy to central Ohio residents facing domestic violence. LSS CHOICES is the only domestic violence shelter in Franklin County.

LSS CHOICES’ goal is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence in this community and advocate for social change.

  • We treat victims.
  • We advocate for change.
  • We conduct research.

Resources At a Glance


Franklin County Children's Services

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

CHOICES Crisis Hotline


National Sexual Assault Hotline