LAWS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline


TTY: 703-777-6552

About Our Crisis Hotline

LAWS operates a 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault crisis hotline staffed by trained advocates and volunteers. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, concerned persons in the community, advocates, professionals, law enforcement, courts, or any other person who needs information about domestic or sexual violence services and community resources can call. Advocates and trained volunteers are available to respond to all inquiries for information, safety planning, referrals, shelter and/or appropriate outside services. Calls can be made anonymously—you are free to only give information you feel comfortable sharing. If the caller needs interpretation services, language line interpretation services are available in any language.

What happens when I call?

A victim’s first step to accessing LAWS’ services is to call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline. An advocate will immediately answer the call and provide emotional support as well as information about services and the next steps to keep the victim and their children safe. The advocate will work with the caller to assess what services might be needed or helpful. If shelter is requested, the advocate will explore our shelter options further with the victim. If other services offered by LAWS are needed (such as counseling or legal services), the advocate will refer the victim to services available at the LAWS Community Services Center.