Courageous Women Association

What We Do - Resources

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It is important that people have as many resources necessary to help them live, become self-sufficient, and heal from trauma. Below are a list of resources for domestic violence, prostitution and human trafficking, homelessness, sexual assault, and basic needs.


National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Local Domestic Violence Hotline:
510.536.SAFE (7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline:
800.656.HOPE (4673)

Tuff Love Self Defense:
Tuff Love Fitness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing accessible and affordable self-defense, martial arts, and fitness training for people in Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area. They are founded by a team of four female martial artists with the goal of promoting martial arts for populations that may be underserved by many traditional martial arts programs: women, the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and assault survivors.

Ride-Sharing Sexual Assault Safety Guide (Cutter Law P.C.):
Oakland 510.281.5881 - Santa Rosa 707.306.0540 - Sacramento 916.290.9400

National Coalition for Homeless:

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans:
800.4AID.VET – 800.424.3838

LGBTQ Community Resources:

If you are an LGBTQ person dealing with violence or abuse, leave a message for CUAV at (415) 333-HELP (4357). Services require the completion of an intake to assess if we are the best fit for support.

File a domestic/dating violence restraining order, contact the Access Center for Family Law and Self-Help Services at (415) 551-5880.

Domestic violence shelter, contact WOMAN Inc. at 1-877-384-3578.

If you are looking for legal advice pertaining to domestic violence, contact Bay Area Legal Aid. at (800) 551-5554.

Deaf Community Services:

Deaf hotline advocates are available from 9-5 (PST) M-F


AIM: DeafHotline
VP: 855.812.1001

To find a Deaf DVSV agency in your area, click here.

Hearing advocates at the National Hotline are on duty 24 hours.
TTY: 800.787.3224
Voice: 800.799.7233

Support Services/Transitional Housing & Emergency Shelter Providers:

A Safe Place, Domestic Violence Oakland: Emergency Shelter/Hotline
Main: 510.986.8600 / 24-hour Emergency 510.536.7233 (SAFE)

A Diamond in the Ruff, Domestic Violence & Sober Living Transitional house for women and children

Bay Area Community Services (BACS)
510.613.0330 /
Serves: They offer interim housing, benefits assistance, job support, food support, housing application fees, and more.

BAWAR – Bay Area Women Against Rape
510.800.4247 / 24-hour hotline

Bonita House

Serves: Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) is a private non-profit mental health agency offering a range of services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders. Services include intensive residential treatment, supported independent living, housing and supported employment, outpatient case management, wellness centers, and healthcare clinic services. 

B.O.S.S. – Building Opportunities for Self-sufficiency
If you are in Berkeley, call the Hub at 1-866-960-2132.
For general information about BOSS, call 510-649-1930 or

Bloc Love Foundation
Serves: A non-profit filling the need of the community. Provides hot meals, toiletries and clothing to homeless families at People's Park in Berkeley, homeless encampments throughout Oakland, and Town Fridges in Oakland.

Building Futures for Women & Children
24-Hour Toll Free Crisis Line

Covenant House Oakland
510.379.1010 / 200 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94607 / Dreamcatcher Youth Services 800.379.1114
Serves: A non-profit youth shelter that provides sanctuary and support for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18-24.

East Oakland Community Project (EOCP)
Serves: They provide residential and community based services and build personalized, trusting, and authentic relationships with people experiencing homelessness, and walk alongside them as they grow into a life of self-reliance.

Futures Without Violence
415.678.5500 / TTY: 866.678.8901

Lao Family Community Development
510.533.8850 / 510.788.2588 / 510.215.1220
Provides housing services, health services, employer services, income & family support, education, and jobs & careers.

Love Never Fails
Serves: Restores, educates and protects survivors of human trafficking and their community. Provides housing, workforce development, education, self-empowerment, mentoring, community activism, racial equity diversion and inclusion, church coalition, prayer, and more.

Oakland Elizabeth House
510.658.1380 /
Serves: Offers a residence to women with children who have experienced the poverty of homelessness, violence, and addiction. They support women and children in their transition to independence by empowering them with the tools to rebuild their lives. They provide housing, education, employment, and health and wellness resources.

Ruby's Place-General Housing Services and House of Acceptance for Trans Women
510.581.5626 / /
Serves: Ruby’s Place Housing Program is tailored to help homeless survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking with rental subsidies, deposits and/or moving expenses. The goal of the housing program is to ensure a survivor a safe place for their families and an opportunity to reach self-sufficiency. House of Acceptance is a program for trans women who have been victimized by labor and/or sex trafficking. This program provides a solid foundation of caring and support to help a person to imagine and build her own life - on her terms - while free from violence.

S.A.V.E. – Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments
510.574.2250 / Hotline: 510.794.6055
Serves: Serves anyone who has experienced intimate partner domestic violence. Services Provided: 24-hour hotline, classes, workshops, case management services, emergency shelter, and legal, financial, and housing referrals.

Serenity House
Serves: Serenity House Oakland works on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress they continue to make through substance-abuse treatment, recovery housing, and wrap-around support services for women.

St. Mary’s Center
Serves at-risk seniors and preschoolers in the heart of Oakland through counseling, shelter, nutrition, advocacy and social support.

Tri-Valley Haven:
800-884-8119 or 925-449-5842
Services Provided: Crisis intervention, homeless services, clinic/restraining order service, in-person counseling, support groups, art therapy, parenting support, and food pantry service.

Woman’s Inc:
(415)-864-4722//(Spanish->) (877) 384-3578
Hours: 24/7 (Hotline)
Services Provided: Crisis intervention, in-person individual and family therapy, and referrals.

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