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Fort Worth

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Hotline: (877) 701-7233

The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Hotline:

(817) 927-2737

Brighter Tomorrows, Hotline: (972) 262-8383

Genesis Women's Shelter, Hotline: (214) 946-HELP (4357)

Hope's Door New Beginning Center, Hotline: (972) 422-7233

Future Hope and Healing Center, (817) 556-1762


Denton County

Friends of the Family, Crisis Line: (800) 572-4031


Mosaic Family Services, Crisis Hotline: (214) 823-4434


Irving Family Advocacy Center, (972) 721-6560


The Family Place, Crisis Hotline: (214) 941-1991

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Hotline: (972) 641-7273

The Family Place: (214) 941-1991

Genesis Women's Shelter: (214) 946-HELP (4357)

Brighter Tomorrows: (972) 262-8383


Hope's Door New Beginning Center: (972) 422-7233

Irving Family Advocacy Center: (972) 721-6560

Christian Community Action: 972-221-1224

The Samaritan Inn: 972.542.5302

Leaving a domestic violence situation is a significant and often challenging decision. To help ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones, here are some important things to consider and do before you leave:

  • Create a Safety Plan: Outline steps for safely leaving, including where you will go and how you will get there. Include a backup plan in case your first option is not viable.

  • Save Money: If possible, save money through a new account, a trusted friend, coworker or family member, or keep cash hidden in a safe place.

  • Prepare an Emergency Bag: Pack a bag with essential items such as identification, birth certificates, social security cards, medications, cash, credit cards, clothing, and important documents.

  • Secure Important Documents: Make copies of important documents such as IDs, birth certificates, social security cards, medical records, and legal papers. Store them in a safe place. Gather any police records. CPS may get involved so it’s to your benefit to have these records available.

  • Collect Evidence: Document instances of abuse by keeping a journal, taking photos of injuries, and saving threatening messages. This can be helpful for legal proceedings.

  • Contact Trusted Individuals: Inform a trusted friend or family member of your plan. Arrange for a safe place to stay if needed.

  • Know Your Legal Rights: Research your legal rights regarding protective orders, child custody, and financial support. Consult with a lawyer if possible.

  • Arrange for Shelter: Contact local shelters and confirm availability. You must call daily as vacancy changes each day. Keep a list of emergency contacts and addresses handy.

  • Plan for Your Children and Pets: Contact School Counselor and obtain school records incase you relocate outside of your area.  Some shelters accommodate pets or can refer you to pet-friendly options.

  • Stay Vigilant and Patient: Leaving a domestic violence situation takes time and persistence. Again, contact shelters daily, as availability changes regularly. Hotels can become expensive but it is an option.


The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the information contained on the website. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. We are not liable for any loss or damage, including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss or damage, arising out of or in connection with the use of this information. Always seek the advice of a qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a domestic violence situation.

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