Friends and Family

The Durham Crisis Response Center provides confidential and free services 24-hours each day, 365 days a year.

Support from donors and our community makes our work possible.

If you need help, we are here to help.

24-Hour English Language Help Line

General Inquiries, M-F 9:00 – 5:00

Resources for Friends and Family


Tips for Friends and Family of Survivors of Abuse and Sexual Violence
  1. Focus on them, their safety, and your love for them. Vocalize that you believe them.

  2. Tell them that the violence is and was not their fault. Help is available.

  3. Don’t agree to keep the violence a secret when someone’s safety is at stake.

  4. Let them know you love them and that their safety is of the utmost importance to you.

Survivor-Centered Services

Staff and Volunteers alike are trained to meet survivors at any stage of their journey. Below are just some of the emergency services we provide our clients

DCRC’s emergency shelter gives clients a safe and supportive environment where they can begin to recover from the effects of domestic violence.

Shelter staff offer case management and counseling, as well as assistance with legal, housing, and employment needs. Spanish-speaking staff are available.

Our shelter does not discriminate based on gender-identity, age, or sexual-orientation.

Trained staff and volunteers engage clients in the aftermath of violence, Hospital Responders do so in the ER of Duke Regional and Duke University Hospitals.

Advocates accompany survivors throughout interactions with medical professionals, law enforcement, and/or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs).

We ensure survivors have a follow up plan to reach counseling, legal advocacy, or anything else they may need.

Legal aftermath may seem daunting following violence or abuse. DCRC advocates inform, support, and accompany victims of domestic and sexual violence throughout the criminal and civil justice system.

Legal Advocates are NOT attorneys, and therefore cannot provide legal advice or representation. Advocates may answer questions about what to expect, explain available options, and accompany survivors through criminal or civil process to ensure their rights are protected

Advocates refer survivors to other DCRC services, assist with safety planning, and connect survivors to other community agencies.

Survivor Health Services

Our goal is to move with our clients from surviving to thriving. DCRC invites you, or friends and family, to access our services at any time, regardless of how long ago violence occurred.

Therapeutic counseling is available to survivors of abuse, secondary survivors, as well as family and loved ones.

Please call our 24 hour confidential and free help line


DCRC offers support groups to adult and adolescent survivors who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

Support groups encourage participants to explore their experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

Click here for a current list of groups.

Please call 919-403-9425 to inquire about group sessions.

Main office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

DCRC staff are available during office hours to provide information, one-on-one support, and individualized assistance for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault

Our services include:

  • Rapid re-housing assistance
  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Individualized safety planning
  • Referrals for legal assistance

Get Involved

Help support the mission of the DCRC by donating your time, money, or participating in one of our fundraising efforts.

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