In Crisis?

Domestic Violence Crisis Services and Safe House

DVS offers crisis intervention and safety planning via a 24/7 hotline and text line, a continuum of safe housing options from emergency shelter to transitional housing to assistance with permanent housing, empowerment counseling, children’s programming, and legal advocacy and representation. All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. DVS hosts professional trainings and community education programming for schools, businesses and community and faith-based organizations. 

If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is just a phone call away.

DVS 24-Hour Hotline
  • 717-299-1249
    Collect Calls Accepted
  • Text SAFE to 61222
National Domestic Violence
  • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    TTY 1-800-787-3224
Tips for domestic abuse victims
  • Leave the scene immediately
  • Go to a neighbor’s home
  • Call 9-1-1 and explain your situation
  • Call our hotline at 717.299.1249
  • Follow through with whatever action you decide to take!

DVS provides free, confidential services and is committed to serving all victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Facilities are handicapped-accessible.


Email is not a secure form of communication, we do not respond to it 24/7, and crisis-related messages should be directed to the 24-Hour Hotline. A person requesting information via email may not receive an immediate reply.

Only general questions and information such as volunteer inquiries, donation information, etc. may be shared via email:

Safe House

Our confidential and secure Safe House provides a temporary safe place for victims of domestic violence (and their children) who are forced to flee their home for safety reasons. Advocates are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, education and counseling, as well as information and referral to community resources. Services provided during the stay help to stabilize the victim’s immediate crisis as well as support long term goal planning.

Children's Services

Children are deeply affected by domestic violence. They suffer physical, psychological and emotional issues as a result of living with an abuser, and absent intervention, they are more likely to be victims or perpetrators themselves as adults.  

DVS offers a trauma-informed, evidence-informed program for children and teens living in Safe House and Bridge House, with age-appropriate sessions utilizing arts and crafts, music, books, games, movement, gardening and homework time. DVS also offers parent-child activities and sessions to support the rebuilding of the parent-child bond that may be disrupted by domestic violence.  

Children’s services are also available to non-resident survivors whose parents are participating in counseling services. 

Domestic Violence Housing Services

DVS offers a continuum of housing options from Safe House or emergency shelter to permanent housing.  We offer safe transitional housing options and connection to safe and affordable permanent housing through its Housing Services program. 

Contact the 24-Hour Hotline at (717)-299-1249 for more information on these services.  

Individual and Group Counseling

Domestic violence counselor/advocates work with survivors to develop safety plans, help them to understand the impact of domestic violence on their lives, establish short and long-term goals, and promote personal growth. Support groups provide participants with an opportunity to recognize that they are not alone, learn more about trauma and domestic violence, and engage in a growth process with others. Counseling services are available to both resident and non-resident survivors. 

Contact us at 717.299.9677 or email for more information about support group locations.