Resources by State
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1570
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hotline: 1 (800) 782-6400
Office: (602) 279-2900 Fax: (602) 279-2980
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 170
Little Rock, AR 72201
Hotline: 1 (800) 269-4668
Office: (501) 907-5612 Fax: (501) 907-5618
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1120 Lincoln St, #900
Denver, CO 80203
Office: (303) 831-9632
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
912 Silas Deane Highway, Lower Level
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Hotline: (888) 774-2900
Office: (860) 282-7899 Fax: (860) 282-7892
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 903
Wilmington, DE 19801
Northern Delaware: (302) 762-6110
Southern Delaware: (302) 422-8058 Bilingual: (302) 745-9874
Office: (302) 658-2958
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
425 Office Plaza
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Hotline: (800) 500-1119
TDD: (850) 621-4202
Office: (850) 425-2749 Fax: (850) 425-3091
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
114 New Street, Suite B
Decatur, GA 30030
Hotline: 1 (800) 334-2836
Office: (404) 209-0280 Fax: (404) 766-3800
Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
810 Richards Street, Suite 960
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: (808) 832-9316 Fax: (808) 841-6028
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Hotline: (877) 863-6338
Office: (217) 789-2830
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1915 W. 18th Street, Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Hotline: 1 (800) 332-7385
Office: (317) 917-3685 Fax: (317) 917-3695
Kansas Coalition against Sexual & Domestic Violence
634 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66603
Hotline: 1 (888) 363-2287
Office: (785) 232-9784 Fax: (785) 266-1874
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 77308
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
Hotline: 1 (888) 411-1333
Office: (225) 752-1296
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
4601 Presidents Dr., Ste. 370
Lanham, MD 20706
Hotline: 1 (800) 634-3577
Office: (301) 429-3601 Fax: (301) 429-3605
Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence/Jane Doe, Inc.
14 Beacon Street, Suite 507
Boston, MA 02108
Hotline: 1 (877) 785-2020
TTY/TTD: 1 (877) 521-2601
Office: (617) 248-0922 Fax: (617) 248-0902
Michigan Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence
3893 Okemos Road, Suite B2
Okemos, MI 48864
Office: (517) 347-7000 Fax: (517) 347-1377
TTY: (517) 381-8470
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
60 Plato Blvd. E, Suite 130
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Hotline: 1 (866) 223-1111
Office: (651) 646-6177 Fax: (651) 646-1527
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
217 Oscar Dr., Suite A
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Office: (573) 634-4161
Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition
245 South 84th St, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68510
Office: (402) 476-6256 Fax: (402) 476-6806
Spanish Hotline: (877) 215-0167
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence
250 South Rock Bldvd., Suite 116
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 828-1115 Fax: (775) 828-9911
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 353
Concord, NH 03302
Hotline: 1 (866) 644-3574
Office: (603) 224-8893 Fax: (603) 228-6096
New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women
1670 Whitehorse Hamilton Square
Trenton, NJ 08690
Hotline: 1 (800) 572-7233 TTY: (800) 787-3224
Office: (609) 584-8107 Fax: (609) 584-9750
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
119 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12210
Hotline NYS: 1 (800) 942-6906
Hotline NYC: 1 (800) 621-4673
Office: (518) 482-5465 Fax: (518) 482-3807
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
3710 University Drive, Suite 140
Durham, NC 27707
Office: (919) 956-9124 Fax: (919) 682-1449
North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services
525 N. 4th St.
Bismark, ND 58501
Office: (701) 255-6240 Fax: (701) 255-1904
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Hotline: (800) 934-9840
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
3815 N. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 124
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Hotline: 1 (800) 522-7233
Office: (405) 524-0700 TTY: (405) 512-5577
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
9570 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 214
Portland, OR 97219
Hotline: 1 (888) 235-5333
Office: (503) 230-1951 Fax: (503) 230-1973
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
3605 Vartan Way, Suite 101
Harrisburg PA 17110
Office (717) 545-6400 TTY (800) 553-2508
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
422 Post Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02888
Hotline: 1 (800) 494-8100
Office: (401) 467-9940 Fax: (401) 467-9943
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 7776
Columbia, SC 29202
Office: (803) 256-2900
South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 141
Pierre, SD 57501
Office: (605) 945-0869
Tennessee Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence
2 International Plaza Dr. Suite 425
Nashville, TN 37217
Hotline: 1 (800) 356-6767
Office: (615) 386-9406
Texas Council on Family Violence
P.O. Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716
Office: (512) 794-1133 Fax: (512) 685.6397
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
205 North 400 West,
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Hotline: 1 (800) 897-5465
Office: (801) 521-5544
Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 405
Montpelier, VT 05601
Hotline: 1 (800) 228-7395
Office: (802) 223-1302 Fax: (802) 223-6943
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
711 Capitol Way, Suite 702
Olympia, WA 98501
Hotline: 1 (800) 562-6025
Office: (360) 586-1022 Fax: (360) 586-1024
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
5004 Elk River Road, South
Elkview, WV 25071
Office: (304) 965-3552 Fax: (304) 965-3572
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 236
710 Garfield Street, Suite 218
Laramie, WY 82073
Office: (307) 755-5481 Fax: (307) 755-5482
In a Violence Policy Center study on cases where men murder women there were 239 women shot and killed by either their husband or intimate acquaintance during the course of an argument.
Nationwide, for homicides in which the weapon could be determined (1,458), more female homicides were committed with firearms (54 percent) than with any other weapon.
What can I do to prepare myself for an emergency situation?
- Safety planning is done best when it is specific to you and your situation. We strongly advise you seek out your local domestic violence organization or shelter to aid you in creating this plan.
- Important things to consider in making your safety plan:
Ensuring that law enforcement knows of any firearms prohibitions.
Finding friends and family members that can help you in this process.
- Make a list of the firearms your abusive partner possesses and whether they have
ammunition, and keep the list in a safe place. This list can be helpful if you need to go to court or law enforcement to ask for help in having the firearms removed. However, if your abuser has access to your phone, computer, or other personal belongings, do not put yourself at further risk by writing this information down.
- Getting a protective order in many states can require that an abusive partner turn over their guns. Ask the court to do so, and also ask the court to do a follow up compliance review to make sure the abuser has actually turned in the firearms.
- If your partner is a convicted felon, anonymously let your partner’s parole/probation officer know your partner has a gun.
- Familiarize yourself with First Aid techniques online or take a class through the Red Cross.
For additional support and information about resources in your area:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) | thehotline.org
Firearm Safety Sheet
Firearm Safety in Domestic Violence Situations
The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increases the likelihood of death by five to eight times. Has your partner:
- Threatened to use a firearm against you, your children, or family and friends?
- Threatened to use a firearm against a pet?
- Threatened to kill him/herself?
- Used a firearm as a threat to keep you from seeking help?These are signs of escalated danger and it is strongly advised to seek support.
Please note: This tip sheet is meant to provide general guidance and information. Do not take any actions or follow any tips that make you feel unsafe.
“He’s never pointed it at me but he has laid it down on the table to say that I shouldn’t, [‘]cross the line[‘].”
“He threatened my five-year-old son that he would shoot the entire family and maybe others.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Can I report my abuser and have their firearms and ammunition taken away?
- If your abuser has been convicted of qualifying misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (MCDVs), they are prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.1
- If your abuser has a qualifying protection order filed against them, they are prohibited under federal law from possessing or transporting a firearm or ammunition.2 3If I choose to report, where do I do that?
- If you or a loved one are in immediate danger: 911
- To report illegal firearms activity: 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867)
- To report firearms theft, call the Firearms Theft Hotline: 1-888-930-9275
- Call your local police department using their non-emergency number
- Call your local domestic violence organization to be connected to a victim advocate
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE • 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) • WWW.THEHOTLINE.ORG
Can I get a restraining order and/or press charges?
You have the right to file a charge against your abuser for things such as threat or use of a deadly weapon, threatened or attempted homicide, threat of or actual rape, criminal assault, aggravated assault, harassment, stalking or interfering with child custody. Go to your local police station or call 911. If you press charges and firearms were involved in the abuse or violence, ask the police or prosecutor for help in having the firearms removed and getting the court to prohibit the abuser from obtaining any other firearms.
A protective order can help protect you immediately by legally keeping your partner from physically coming near you, harming you or harassing you, your children or your family members. This legal documentation to keep your abusive partner away from you can often contain provisions related to custody, finances and more. If you are concerned about your abuser’s use or threatened use or possession of firearms, you can also ask the court to have law enforcement remove the firearms and prohibit the abuser from obtaining any other firearms.
Please note: a protective order cannot guarantee your safety, but it can be one step in an overall safety plan.
If the abuser possesses firearms and has been threatening or hurting you in any way, with or without the firearms, strongly consider letting a victim advocate or the police know. Domestic violence escalates over time, and an abuser can very quickly move from threats to actual use of a firearm. A victim advocate can help you make a plan for how to stay safe and how to safely report the existence of the firearms.
Where can I get an application to get a restraining order?
- Women’s shelters
- Volunteer legal services offices
- Some police stations
- What information will I need for the FBI to conduct a background check for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV)?
- At least one of the following: defendant’s (i.e. the abusive partner) social security number, driver’s license number, address, or date of birth.
- Case or docket number of the MCDV
- If the defendant was an “intimate partner” of the victim
- Has the defendant been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a MCDV
- Did the defendant have the right to a jury
- Was the defendant represented by counsel
- If the defendant received notification of their conviction keeping them from possession of a firearm or ammunition.For more legal information visit womenslaw.org.