Support for Domestic Violence Survivors
Help is available. Call any of these providers and they will be able to connect you to a wide variety of services including: housing, food, legal assistance and mental health support.
24/hour crisis line: (800) 300-1080
CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by intimate partner abuse. From counseling, to emergency housing, to legal assistance, to community prevention and intervention, our services are designed to provide safety, support, and healing. Services are free.
Victim Services Division
Office line: (650) 599-7479
The Victim Services Division has been providing support to victims of crime and their families since 1975. We provide support and information about court, emergency assistance and assistance with the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) application. Our services are free of charge and are provided to all individuals regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or income.
Rape Trauma Services: A Center for Healing and Violence Prevention
24/hour crisis line: (650) 692-7273
Rape Trauma Services is a community-based organization providing accompaniment, advocacy, and support to children, teens and families. RTS is available to answer questions, provide information and referrals, and offers 24-hour crisis intervention (in person and over the phone), prevention education and individual and group therapy. Services are available throughout the community and in multiple languages. No insurance is required and services are free.
What Is a Safety Plan?
A safety plan is a personalized plan that includes ways for a person to remain safe- while in a relationship, planning to leave, after you have left or if you plan to stay in the relationship. Safety planning involves strategies for how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, take legal action and more.
A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need, will be tailored to your unique situation and will help walk you through different scenarios.
Although some of the things that you outline in your safety plan may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that in moments of crisis your it can be difficult to think clearly. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.