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Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit

Services and Resources for Teens

24 Hour Hotlines/Crisis Counseling

Mental Health Crisis Services

For emergencies and referral information call 1-888-678-7277 any time day or night. The call is free.

Stand! Against Domestic Violence:

(Formerly Battered Women's Alternatives)
Crisis Line: 1-888-215-5555

Contra Costa Crisis Center:
Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-833-2900

California Youth Crisis Line:


Community Violence Solutions:

Central Co.: 925-798-7273
West Co.: 510-236-7273
East Co.: 925-439-7273


Stand! Against Domestic Violence:

(Formerly Battered Women's Alternatives)
Accepts adolescent victims (women only) on a case-by-case basis.

Contra Costa Youth Runaway Hotline:


Diamond Youth Shelter:

San Francisco-based emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth. 1-800-887-1020.


A Step Forward Child Abuse Treatment:

Individual counseling for youth healing from sexual abuse; varied rates. 925-685-9670.

Medi-Cal Mental Health Services:

Individual therapy for Medi-Cal patients. 1-888-678-7277.

Stepping Stones Counseling Center:

Individual and group counseling for girls healing from sexual abuse, abusive relationships, and sexual assault. Free of charge or sliding scale fee. 510-307-4131.

Turning Point Counseling Center:

Individual counseling for youth; varied rates. 925-934-8925.

Legal and Victim Services

Stand! Against Domestic Violence Legal Program:

Assistance with restraining orders, family law issues, etc. 925-676-3122.

Victim/Witness Program:

Provides support services, referrals, and consultation to victims of violent crime, on how to apply for restitution from the state of California. 1-800-648-0600.

Self Defense

Girls' Assertiveness Training, Rape Crisis Center:

Seven hour course on assertive behavior, self-defense, decision-making, and more. 510-237-0133.

Community Violence Solutions:

Central Co.: 925-798-7273
West Co.: 510-236-7273
East Co.: 925-439-7273

Internet Resources

Love Doesn't Have to Hurt Teens:

The Love Doesn't Have to Hurt Teens site includes sections on the dynamics of abusive relationships, ways for concerned friends to provide help, and resources for teens.

Queer America:
Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Youth:

QueerAmerica is a database that includes information for queer and questioning youth on community centers, support organizations, and lesbigay youth groups.

Safety Planning:
If you're being abused, this teen focused plan can help you figure out ways to stay safe.

Teen Central:
TeenCentral.Net is a help-line web site for teens, by teens. Looking for new options, new ideas, new friends? Got a story to tell, a wrong to right, a problem to sort out? Visit Teen Central!