COUNSELING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
15 West Fourth St., Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45402
Office: (937) 461-2437
Toll-free: (800) 252-0827
329 North West St.
Lima, OH 45801
Office: (419) 222-0827
One Stranahan Square, Suite 354
Toledo, OH 43604
Office: (419) 241-9444
AIDS Resource Center Ohio provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention/education programs,
testing and counseling, support services, and linkage to service throughout 35 Ohio
counties. ARC Ohio is the region’s access point for two primary federal and state
programs assisting those living with HIV: the Ryan White CARE Act and Housing Opportunities
for People with AIDS. All persons living with HIV/AIDS wishing to access these resources
can do so by enrolling in ARC Ohio’s case management program. In addition, ARC Ohio
offers an array of other services aimed at maintaining and enhancing the quality
of life for people living with HIV, including: crisis intervention, financial aid,
nutritional assistance and pantry program, rent and utility assistance, advocacy
and community referrals, quality of life programs, funds for diagnostic and medical
care, transportation assistance, home-based assistance, education, support groups,
and a supportive housing program for HIV+ individuals who are homeless. All AIDS
Resource Center Ohio programs are confidential and free for participants.
American Red Cross Rape Crisis Services
525 Market Ave. N.
Canton, OH 44702
Office: (330) 453-0146
24-hour Hotline: (330) 452-1111
The mission of American Red Cross Rape Crisis Services is to offer information,
emotional support, and counseling to any person who has been sexually abused, assaulted,
or raped. Services include: a 24-hour rape crisis hotline offering emotional support,
information, and referrals; hospital and legal advocacy; individual, family, and
group counseling services; support groups for adult survivors of rape and childhood
sexual abuse; and prevention education programs in schools and in the community.
Rape Crisis also offers specialized services to LGBT survivors and men who have
been sexually assaulted. All of these services are free and strictly confidential.
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization
P.O. Box 82068
Columbus, OH 43202
Office: (614) 294-7867
Toll-Free Helpline: (866) 862-7286
Helpline Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Sunday-Thursday, 6-10pm
The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) works to eliminate violence
perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic
violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation,
and survivor services. BRAVO works, within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender communities. BRAVO serves the Central Ohio area by providing the
following services: crisis intervention; documentation of hate crimes, domestic
violence, and sexual assault; judgment-free support for survivors, family members,
and friends; links to local law enforcement officials; community-wide education;
and support groups. All reports are confidential and all services are free.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
526 Superior Avenue, Suite 1400
Cleveland, OH 44114
Office: (216) 619-6194
24-hour Hotline: (216) 619-6192
Founded in 1974, The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is the only agency in Cuyahoga
County that provides free, comprehensive services to survivors of sexual assault.
Services include: 24-hour crisis intervention hotline; information and referrals;
individual and group therapy for children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual
abuse and their non-offending family members; justice system advocacy; and community
education. All services are free and confidential.
The Giving Tree
335 Buckeye Blvd.
Port Clinton, OH 43452
Office/TTY: (419) 734-2942
The Giving Tree is a community mental health agency that provides direct services
to male, female, and youth survivors of sexual assault, and their family and friends
in and around Central Ohio. Individual and family counseling are available, as well
as case management services. All services are confidential. A sliding fee scale
is available for residents of Ottawa and Erie Counties. Medicaid and some other
insurance plans are accepted.
Lorain County Rape Crisis Service
6140 South Broadway
Lorain, OH 44053
Office: (440) 204-4359
24-hour Hotline: (800) 888-6161
Operated by The Nord Center, Lorain County Rape Crisis Service offers comprehensive
services to survivors of sexual assault, their family members, and significant others.
Services include: 24-hour sexual assault hotline, hospital accompaniment and Sexual
Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, advocacy and support throughout legal proceedings,
short-term crisis intervention and individual or group support, referrals for counseling,
and support for family members and significant others. Lorain County Rape Crisis
Service is willing to meet one-on-one with prisoners and to provide educational
presentations in correctional facilities. Services are free and confidential and
available to adolescents, men, and women throughout Lorain County.
Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services
P.O. Box 496
Findlay, OH 45839
Office: (419) 420-9261
24-hour Crisis Line: (419) 422-4766
Open Arms offers programs, services, and resources to those affected by domestic
violence and sexual assault in Hancock County. The Rape Crisis Program at Open Arms
provides the following services to survivors of sexual assault: 24-hour crisis hotline;
advocacy in the emergency room and accompaniment through the legal process; emergency
shelter, as available; one-on-one support and education about sexual assault; support
groups for adult survivors of rape; and support for family and friends. All services
are free and confidential.
Women Helping Women
347 S. College Avenue, Suite D
Oxford, OH 45056
24-hour Crisis Hotline (TDD): (513) 381-5610
215 E. 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Founded in 1973, Women Helping Women provides crisis intervention and support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Hamilton County and survivors of sexual assault in Butler County. Services include: crisis intervention to sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking survivors as well as to offer referrals to appropriate community services, support in area hospital emergency rooms, court and law enforcement advocacy and support groups.
1468 West 25th Street
Women's Re-Entry Network
Cleveland, OH 44113
Office: (216) 696-7535
Women’s Re-Entry Network (WREN) provides a holistic network of support to any woman
who has been involved in the criminal justice system with a goal of promoting personal
goal achievement and collective empowerment. WREN also provides services to family
members. Services include: individual and group counseling, intensive case management,
GED classes, family reunification support, employment readiness and placement, creative
writing classes, and jail-and prison-based outreach services at the Cuyahoga County
Jail and the Northeast Pre-Release Center. The Surviving Abuse Together Group focuses
on supporting survivors of physical and sexual violence. All services are confidential
and free of charge.
YWCA of Toledo H.O.P.E. Rape Crisis Center
1018 Jefferson Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
Office: (419) 241-7006
24-hour Hotline: (419) 241-7273
Toll Free 24-hour Hotline: (866) 557-7273
The YWCA H.O.P.E. Rape Crisis Center is the only rape crisis service provider in
Northwest Ohio and provides comprehensive services to survivors of sexual assault
and their family members. Services include: 24-hour hotline; crisis intervention;
information and referrals; hospital accompaniment, support, and advocacy; legal
system and criminal justice advocacy; and support groups. All services are free
Ohio Justice and Policy Center
215 E. 9th St., Suite 601
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Office: (513) 421-1108
The Ohio Justice and Policy Center (formerly the Prison Reform Advocacy Center) is a non-profit law office that works for productive, statewide reform of the criminal justice system by: promoting rehabilitation for incarcerated people; enabling them to successfully reintegrate into the community; and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Though its impact litigation and advocacy, the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) works to eliminate unconstitutional and dangerous conditions of confinement for Ohio prisoners. The Human Rights in Prison Project provides prisoners with legal representation and advocacy to address violations of civil rights. OJPC focuses on systemic issues of widespread importance in the prison system, such as the denial of healthcare. Prisoners in need of assistance can write to OJPC at the address above.
Ohio State Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Services
P.O. Box 16562
Columbus, OH 43216
Office: (614) 487-2050
Toll-free: (800) 282-6556
In all of Ohio's major metropolitan areas and certain other counties, the local
bar sponsors a lawyer referral service. If you need a lawyer, you can call the referral
service to obtain the name of a lawyer. Often the lawyer will schedule a half hour
consultation for a very affordable fee (typically $15-$25). Ask for fee information
when you call.
Correctional Institution Inspection Committee
77 S. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 466-6649
The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) is a legislative committee that provides oversight to Ohio’s prisons and youth services facilities. The Committee staff assists the CIIC in carrying out its duties. The Committee’s statutory duties and/or authority are to inspect each state correctional institution; evaluate and assist in the development of programs to improve conditions and operations in correctional institutions; report on inspection findings, and any programs proposed or developed to improve conditions or operations in correctional institutions; and evaluate and report on the grievance procedure at each correctional institution.
The Committee welcomes and appreciates communication from those who live or work in correctional facilities. Such communication helps the Committee to identify problems, issues, or concerns that may need to be addressed.
Office of the Chief Inspector
1050 Freeway Drive North
Columbus, OH 43229
Office: (614) 752-1677
Inmate Grievance Procedure Pamphlet:
Prison Rape Elimination Act Information:
The Office of the Chief Inspector monitors the application of the inmate grievance
procedures in institutions to ensure that inmate concerns and problems are being
appropriately addressed. Each institution has an Inspector of Institutional Services
who is physically located at the institution. This inspector administers the inmate
grievance process at the facility and conducts regular inspections to ensure departmental
rules and policies are being properly followed.
The Office of the Chief Inspector provides assistance to institutional investigators
and inspectors as well as conducts internal administrative investigations for the
department. Inmates who believe that their grievance has not been resolved by the
inspector can file an appeal to the Chief Inspector within 14 days of receiving
the inspector’s disposition. Ask the inspector for an appeal form and mail the appeal
along with copies of the grievance, disposition of grievance, and informal complaint
(if any) to the Chief Inspector, who will review the appeal and send a decision
in about 30 days. All decisions made by the Chief Inspector’s office are final.
Office of Ohio Inspector General
30 East Broad Street, Suite 1820
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
Phone: (614) 644-9110
Toll-free Hotline: (800) 686-1525
The Office of Inspector General investigates fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption
within the executive branch of state government. Complaints received by the office
are reviewed and evaluated to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe
the underlying allegations, if true, would constitute a “wrongful act or omission”
on the part of a state officer, agency, or employee. Inmates can write to the Office
of Inspector General to report incidents of sexual abuse in detention and concerns
regarding the handling of investigations into such abuses.
JDI has directly contacted each organization listed in the Resource Guide in hopes
of pointing survivors toward those currently accepting new clients. However, the
inclusion of any group or individual in the Resource Guide does not necessarily
constitute an endorsement or recommendation by JDI, nor can JDI guarantee the availability
of the services described here.