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Services and Resources for Teens

24 Hour Hotlines/Crisis Counseling

Mental Health Crisis Services

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are experiencing a mental or emotional crisis, call our 24-hour Access Line at 1-888-678-7277 for mental health resources or the Contra Costa Crisis Center at 1-800-833-2900 for 24-hour crisis support.

STAND! For Families Free of Violence:
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!