Find alternatives to calling the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Typically, people call the police because they are experiencing or perceive an emergency and need immediate assistance. In order to provide the most effective alternatives to calling the police or 911, unless otherwise indicated, the resources included here are limited to those that offer immediate assistance through emergency or crisis services.
These resources may be obligated by law to call police in the case of an immediate risk of harm to the caller or another, child abuse, or abuse of a vulnerable adult. Where we know or suspect that a resource may work in cooperation with law enforcement or involve them beyond what is required by law, we acknowledge that in the listing.
These resources are not intended to cover all situations, only to provide the services described. If you are in danger of immediate harm and feel safe doing so, call 911.
- Transgender Michigan Helpline
- 24/7 Helpline staffed by trans* staff and operated by Transgender Michigan’s Executive Director who is a licensed psychotherapist
- (855) 345-TGMI
- 24-Hour Access Center Helpline for mental health concerns
- (616) 336-3909
- Toll Free: (800) 749-7720
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
- Safe Haven Ministries*
- Emergency safe shelter and assistance for people experiencing domestic violence. 24/7 Hotline.
- (616) 452-6664
- *Please note, this resource is Christian-affiliated
- YWCA West Central Michigan
- 24-Hour confidential sexual assault and domestic violence helpline. Can provide referrals and emergency housing.
- (616) 454-9922
Please note, people answering these calls may be mandatory reporters, and required to make a report to CPS or law enforcement in certain situations. Learn about local mandatory reporter laws here.
- Legal Aid of Western Michigan
- Providing free legal advice and representation to low income individuals in a broad range of areas including consumer cases, family matters, housing problems, government benefits, and more.
- TTY: 711 relay or (616) 727-0916
- Legal Assistance Center
- Offering guidance to help people help themselves by providing legal information, forms, guidance and resources to solve legal problems and use the courts. Most services are free. They do not provide legal representation.
- (616) 632-6000 or walk-in services at the Kent County courthouse from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Please consider using these alternatives to calling the Grand Rapids Police Department or 911 when faced with a situation that calls for de-escalation and/or intervention. We can abolish the police by not calling the police.
We have tried to indicate where police or law enforcement may work with the alternative resources listed; please let us know if you have any concerns about these resources.
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