Domestic Violence Crisis and Prevention

Domestic violence happens in a family or an intimate relationship as a way for one person to control another. Most victims of domestic violence are women, but men can be victims too.

Domestic violence includes physical abuse, such as hitting, kicking, choking, shoving, or using objects like knives and guns to injure the victim. It also includes harming someone emotionally by threats, name-calling, or putting someone down. Victims may be raped or forced into unwanted sexual acts. A spouse or partner may steal money and other items, destroy personal belongings, hurt pets, threaten children, or not allow someone to leave the home, work, or see their friends and family.

If any of these things is happening to you, or you are afraid of your partner, you may be in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is a crime, and legal protections are available to you. Leaving a violent relationship is not easy, but you can get help.

For more information from the City of Philadelphia, please visit the Office of Domestic Violence Strategies.

Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 866-723-3014
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522

  • Hotline counselors can assist you 24/7 with a variety of services, including emergency shelter, safety planning, crisis-intervention resources, and support for survivors and/or individuals acting abusively.
  • Calls are free, confidential, anonymous, and interpretation services are available for any language.
  • If you are concerned about a friend or family member, call the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline to speak with someone about your concerns and to find out more about how you can be a support to them.

Women Against Abuse (WAA)
100 South Broad Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19110

  • Free legal advocacy and representation for relationship violence-related legal matters including: Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, child custody, and child support
  • Variety of workshops for community groups, organizations, public schools, and city agencies, varying from one to two hours long, and available in both English and Spanish

Women In Transition (WIT)
215-564-5301 (General Inquiries)
215-751-1111 (LifeLine Confidential Counseling Support, Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
718 Arch Street, Suite 401N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

  • Individual and group empowerment counseling to address either domestic violence, substance use, or both (women-identified survivors only)
  • Trainings that can be tailored for an organization’s or community’s needs, including WAVE, an empowering safety and self-defense program

Lutheran Settlement House’s Bilingual Domestic Violence Program
215-426-8610, Ext. 1236
1340 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

  • Individual counseling for all survivors, including men and teens
  • Group programming includes Parenting After Violence and Economic Justice
  • Individual/group counseling for children and youth who have witnessed domestic violence or teens who have experienced relationship violence
  • Wide variety of professional trainings, as well as community education and outreach events

Congreso Latina Domestic Violence Program (LDVP)
215-763-8870, Ext. 1353
216 West Somerset Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

  • Individual and group counseling for all survivors including men and teens
  • Spanish support group ongoing; English support group depending on demand
  • Individual/group counseling and support groups for children and youth who have witnessed domestic violence or teens who have experienced relationship violence
  • Limited family law and domestic violence legal help available
  • One-time or multi-session workshops designed to increase awareness of and prevent domestic violence are available for community members, clients, or professionals, in English or Spanish

Domestic Violence Medical Advocacy

STOP Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Lutheran Settlement House has partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to address intimate partner violence and teen dating violence through the STOP IPV initiative. The program is located at the following medical centers:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    3401 Civic Center Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Open 24/7
  • CHOP – Karabots Pediatric Center
    4865 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19139
    Closed on Sundays
  • Christopher’s Hospital for Children
    160 E Erie Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19134
  • Aria Frankford Hospital
    4900 Frankford Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
  • Einstein Medical Center
    501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Latina DV Program

These bilingual medical support services recommended by LDVP include a team of bilingual and bicultural medical professionals:

  • Esperanza Health Center
    3156 Kensington Avenue
    Philadelphia PA 19134
  • Congreso Health Center
    412 West Lehigh Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19133

Do you Need Counseling After Experiencing Sexual Violence?

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
215-985-3333 (24/7 Hotline)
1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

  • Free individual and group counseling to children and adults who have experienced sexual violence, including: sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape/date rape, and incest
  • Services accessible at any point after the trauma has occurred

Are You an Immigrant Experiencing Domestic Violence?

Nationalities Service Center
1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania (HIAS)
600 Chestnut Street, Suite 500B
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Are You Worried About How You Treat Your Partner?

Courdea (Menergy)
Rodin Place, Suite 304
2000 Hamilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Menergy is a counseling and therapy program with services in English and Spanish for people who have been verbally or physically harmful in a relationship.

All information provided in this brochure was sourced from the City of Philadelphia Office of Domestic Violence Strategies.

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Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation is the process of helping people end tobacco use and change behaviors around smoking or other tobacco use.

Short-Term & Long-Term Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Within 20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years. After stopping smoking for:

  • 20 Minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop. (Don’t panic—this is a good thing!)
  • 12 Hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal.
  • 2 Weeks – 3 Months: Your heart attack risk begins to drop.
  • 1–9 Months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease, and your lungs start to work better, lowering your risk of lung infection.
  • 1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 Years: Your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn’t smoke.
  • 10 Years: Your risk of dying of lung cancer is half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.

Fact vs. Myth

  • Myth: Persons with mental illness and substance use disorders can’t stop smoking.
    Fact: Persons with mental illness and substance use disorders can successfully stop using tobacco at rates similar to the general population.
  • Myth: Persons with mental illness and substance use disorders don’t want to stop smoking.
    Fact: Most people with mental illness and substance use disorders want to stop smoking and want information on cessation services and resources. Smokers are more than twice as likely to stop for good when they stop with the help of cessation medications and extra coaching and support.
  • Myth: Stopping smoking is a low priority problem; patients and medical providers have more important things to worry about.
    Fact: Smoking is a leading cause of death and disability in behavioral health populations. Rates of smoking can be as high as 90 percent for behavioral health populations, compared to 23 percent in the general population. Mental health consumers can have a 25-year shorter life expectancy; a big reason for this is smoking. Tobacco use and its effects limit employment, housing, and economic opportunities for consumers.
  • Myth: Tobacco is necessary for self-medication. Consumers need to smoke to manage their mental illness.
    Fact: The tobacco industry has spread this myth. The tobacco industry has a long history of targeting vulnerable populations, including those with mental illness. Nicotine has powerful mood-altering effects that can change how people living with mental illness think and feel. Tobacco use can worsen mental illness. Behavioral health populations who smoke can have more severe symptoms, poorer wellbeing and functioning, increased hospitalizations, and are at greater risk of suicide.
  • Myth: Smoking cessation will threaten recovery for persons with substance use disorders.
    Fact: Smoking cessation can enhance long-term recovery for persons with substance use disorders. For example, if someone stops smoking at the same time they stop drinking, they can have a 25 percent greater chance of staying clean and sober.

Resources for Tobacco Cessation

    SmokeFree Philly provides local resources to help you stop smoking, learn about the dangers of tobacco use, and how to access free phone coaching through the PA Free Quitline Healthcare Providers.
  • 800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    The Free Quitline provides free “quit coaching” by telephone in English and other languages. Free nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum may also be available for PA Quitline callers.
  • 1-877-TRY-NICA (1-877-879-6422)
    Nicotine Anonymous (NicA) is a 12-Step Program offering support to stop smoking or tobacco use. NicA uses 12-step recovery support to help. There are in-person, phone, and internet meetings.
  • Medicaid Benefits
    If you have Medicaid, with a prescription from your medical provider, you may get the following for as little as $1.00 per month:


    • Nicotine-based medications
    • Nicotine patches
    • Nicotine gum
    • Nicotine lozenges

Please talk to your primary doctor if you are interested. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your treatment provider.

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Healthy Eating and Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity is a condition in which a child is significantly overweight for their age and height.

The Benefits of Healthy Eating

Healthy eating should not take you from the foods you love. Instead, healthy eating is a well-balanced, satisfying relationship with food. By taking on healthy eating habits, and teaching them to your children, you can reduce some serious health concerns for your family. Below are some of the benefits of healthy eating:

  • More energy: Healthy foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans) give you more energy than eating fast food and junk foods, such as cookies, candy, and potato chips.
  • Good digestion: Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods helps the stomach work better. Good digestion reduces constipation, stomach pains and aches, and diarrhea.
  • Looking better: Eating healthy foods will reduce acne (pimples). If your body is not receiving the right nutrition, it will fight back.
  • Improves memory: Just as your body needs fuel, so does your brain. Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, “healthy” fats (such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, and fish), and lean protein will provide lots of health benefits, but such a diet can also improve memory.

The Impacts of Not Eating Healthy

Being overweight and obese in childhood (and adulthood) may lead to a variety of health and mental health problems and can lead to early death. (However, keep in mind that some medical conditions and mental health issues are genetic or may be in your family history.) Health problems and mental health issues linked to being overweight and obese include:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancers of the breast, uterus, and colon
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression

Resources to Help with Healthy Eating

This organization helps people who use ACCESS cards/food stamps buy fresh produce. Philly Food Bucks can be redeemed for $2 worth of fruits and vegetables for every $5 you spend at a participating farmers’ market. Philly Food Bucks are accepted at over 25 farmers’ markets in low-income communities in Philadelphia.

Get Healthy Philly has teamed up with The Food Trust to work with corner stores in Philadelphia to improve access to healthy foods that can be purchased with ACCESS/food stamps/SNAP. Every corner store in the Philadelphia Healthy Corner Store Network has introduced at least four new healthy options, such as fresh produce, low-fat dairy, and whole grain products. Look for the Philadelphia Healthy Corner Store Network decal in the window of your corner store for healthy-eating options.

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Children and Families

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

Food and Utility Resources

Immigration Resources