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Find alternatives to calling the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

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

LGBTQ+

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Mental Health

  • resolve Crisis Services
    • resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that’s free to all Allegheny County residents.
    • 1 (888) 7-YOU-CAN (796-8226)
    • https://www.upmc.com/services/behavioral-health/resolve-crisis-services
    • Please note: this resource has been reported to involve law enforcement with some frequency. Please seek help if needed, but keep this in mind as we look into other options in the Pittsburgh area.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

  • Crisis Center North
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
    • Free, confidential assistance to survivors of sexual assault. In-person advocates can accompany you to forensic exams.
    • 1 (866) 363-7273 (24-Hour)
    • https://paar.net/
  • Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
    • An emergency shelter for adults experiencing domestic violence and their children. It is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence from physical to emotional through Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline, Support Groups, and more
    • (412) 687-8005 (24-Hour Hotline)
    • (412) 744-8445 (24-Hour Text Support)
    • https://www.wcspittsburgh.org/

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.

Coming soon.

Elders

Coming soon.

Crime

  • Center for Victims
    • A community based nonprofit organization and the largest, most comprehensive, inclusive provider of services, advocacy, and education for victims of all crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Caring, professional staff is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to respond to emergency needs of crime victims and witnesses, answer questions, and provide support. The hotline serves as the gateway to all services
    • 1 (866) 644-2882 (24-Hour Victims Hotline)
    • https://www.centerforvictims.org/

Substance Abuse

  • Sage’s Army
    • The Sage’s Army Help Line is available 24/7 to the community as a resource to find help relating to substance abuse.
    • (724) 863-LIFE
    • http://www.sagesarmy.com/

Please consider using these alternatives to calling the Pittsburgh Bureau of 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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