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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.

Where we know or suspect that a resource may work in cooperation with law enforcement, 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.

Housing

  • Veterans National Homeless Hotline
    • 24/7 Hotline connecting callers to free services in their area
    • 1 (877) 424-3838

LGBTQ+

  • Trevor Project – 24/7 Crisis Intervention hotline
    • 1 (866) 488-7386
    • Text TREVOR to (202) 304-1200
  • Desi LGBTQ Helpline
    • Offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends
    • 1 (908) 367-3374
    • http://www.deqh.org/
  • FORGE
    • Information, resources and referrals for trans+ survivors of domestic, sexual, or hate violence or stalking
    • (414) 559-2123
    • https://forge-forward.org/
  • GLBT National Talkline 
    • 1 (888) 843-4564
  • GLBT National Youth Talkline
    • 1 (800) 246-7743
  • TransLifeLine
    • 1 (877) 565-8860

Mental Health

  • ANAD Eating Disorder Helpline
    • Provides national assistance and referrals to local resources. Initial call is an intake and they will return calls with what they’ve found based on the specifics of the caller’s situation, generally within 24 hours.
    • (630) 577-1330
    • https://anad.org/our-services/eating-disorders-helpline/
  • Black Mental Health Alliance
    • BMHA offers confidential referrals for those seeking mental health services using its database of culturally-competent and patient-centered mental health practitioners and behavioral health specialists committed to serving Black communities. Persons seeking a therapist will contact BMHA either in person, over the phone or online. BMHA will quickly triage the person making the inquiry make connections that match the need. 
    • (410) 338-2642
    • https://blackmentalhealth.com/
  • Blackline
    • A 24-hour hotline geared towards the Black, Black LGBTQI, Brown, Native and Muslim community. Provides people with an anonymous and confidential avenue to report negative, physical, and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes. Also provides immediate crisis counseling to those who are upset, need to talk with someone immediately, or are in distress. For each location in the country, referrals can be given when/if necessary.
    • 1 (800) 604-5841 (24/7)
  • Behavioral Health Authority
    • 1 (877) 653-6363
  • Crisis Hotline – 24/7 mobile response
    • 1 (800) 854-7771
    • Text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    • 1 (800) 273-8255
  • National Disaster Distress Helpline
    • 1 (800) 985-5990

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

  • Blackline
    • 24/7 Hotline – Blackline provide hope and promote social justice for individuals, families and communities through immediate crisis counseling and collecting information on negative police and vigilante contact in the United States of America through an unapologetic Black, LGBTQ and Black Femme lens. Priority to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
    • 1 (800) 604-5841
    • https://www.callblackline.com/
  • Love Is Respect National Dating Abuse Hotline
    • 1 (866) 331-9474
    • Text LOVEIS to 22522
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 1 (800) 799-7233
    • Text LOVEIS to 22522
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
    • 1 (866) 331-9474
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline
    • The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.
    • 1 (844) 762-8483
    • https://www.strongheartshelpline.org/
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • 1 (800) 656-4673

Youth

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.

  • Boys and Girls Town National Abuse Hotline
    • 1 (800) 448-3000
  • Children of the Night
    • Skilled Children of the Night Case Managers assist young American sex trafficking victims with 24-hour services 7 days a week. Whether they need rescue from pimps, access to medical services, emergency & non-emergency transportation, mental health services, psychiatric evaluations or access to psychotropic medications, Children of the Night is ready to serve.
    • 1 (800) 551-1300 x 0
    • https://www.childrenofthenight.org/
  • DCFS Child Protection Hotline
    • 1 (800) 540-4000
  • Emergency Foodline
    • 1 (866) 888-8777
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
    • 1 (866) 331-9474
  • National US Child Abuse Hotline
    • (800) 422-4453

Elders

  • National Center on Elder Abuse
    • 1 (855) 500-3537

Crime

  • National Center for Victims of Crime
    • 1 (866) 689-4357
  • Victim Connect Resource Center
    • 1 (855) 484-2846
  • Identity Theft Resource Center
    • 1 (888) 400-5530

Substance Abuse

  • Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
    • (800) 344-2666

Please consider using these alternatives to calling the police 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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