Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

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Victim/Survivor Services Information

If you are a survivor of abuse or a violent crime or you are a friend or parent of a survivor, there are local services to provide support. Also available are links to national networks providing assistance and resources to aid in the healing process.

Child Abuse and Neglect

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse please make a report to your local Wisconsin county Child Protective Services Agency. For additional resources and services available to children, youth, and families please visit:

 

If you are in crisis and need to talk with someone please call or text the numbers below. If you need immediate help call 911.

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

HOPELINE

Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 or go to www.centerforsuicideawareness.org for 24/7 free trained crisis counselors.

 

The Trevor Lifeline

Phone: 1-866-488-7386
A national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBT youth.

Domestic Abuse Services (Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Family Violence)

Nobody ever deserves to be abused.

If you or a loved one feels abused, threatened, scared or unsafe in a relationship with a partner, spouse, or family member, a domestic abuse program can help you. You will reach an advocate who can talk with you about your situation, your safety, and the options available to you.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) contracts with local agencies in every county of the state to provide a variety of supportive services to victims/survivors and their children in Wisconsin who are living with domestic abuse. Some programs also provide safe shelter. All services are free and confidential.

Human Trafficking

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families partners with 2-1-1 Wisconsin to connect individuals who have experienced human trafficking with services. 2-1-1 will also connect callers with a child welfare agency if there is a case of human trafficking involving a minor under 18. Call 211 anywhere in Wisconsin for help.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center offers help anywhere in the United States by calling 1-888-373-7888 or visiting their Referral Directory.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services offers help for crime victims and their families,  including:

  • Programs for survivors to keep their home, work, or school address confidential.
  • Answering questions about victims' rights in the criminal justice process.
  • Programs and financial resources to assist in the healing process.