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Parenting Resources icon   Preventing Abuse and Violence

You have the right to be treated with respect. You have the right to live in peace and safety. No one has the right to abuse you physically, sexually, or emotionally. Whatever may have had happened to you, it is not your fault. There is nothing wrong with you

You are a survivor, even if you may sometimes be scared or angry or resentful – you have every right to have those feelings. It doesn’t mean that you are helpless and alone. There are trustworthy people who want to help you and you have the ability to make changes in your life.

You can refuse to be treated badly. You can choose to contact trustworthy people and tell them your story. You can accept help from trained professionals. You can receive respect and love and kindness from the people you choose to have in your life.

If you are in trouble, help is on its way – just reach out to the resources and organizations that specialize in helping teens. There are people who care about you. Talk to your friends and trusted adults.

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Parenting Resources icon   Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive action that comes from a real or imaginary difference in power. The action can be repeated over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

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Help for Bullying

Bullying is a serious problem. This website was created by the government for adults and young people.

National Bullying Prevention Center: Teens Against Bullying

Cyberbullying Research Center

The center studies cyberbullying or e-bullying and provides information to parents, professionals who work with teens, and young people.

Teen Line

A group of mental health professionals created a toll-free teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services. You can call or text with a peer counselor in the evenings.

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Parenting Resources icon   Gang Violence

Homicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US for people between the ages of 15-24. It is the leading cause of death for black males. One of the reasons for this is gang violence.

Transitioning from foster care to independent living is already challenging and complicated – you face more stress and risk than other young people. To build a healthy and successful future, fill your life with positive things. Keep working on your plan for transitioning out of foster care. Focus on your schoolwork. Find a good job. Think about what you’d like to accomplish in the future. Stick around with friends who are making good choices in their lives. Talk to trusted adults when you need help or advice.

To report violence, call 911.

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Stack the Odds in Your Favor, Stay Away From Gangs
Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries does intake for programs and services in person only. No appointment is necessary, no need for referral from your social worker. Go directly to the Homeboy Industries office. When you arrive, you will fill out a form to show which programs and services interest you. After a short wait in the lobby, you will meet with a Homeboy Industries staff member.

Programs and Services:
  • Employment Services and Job Readiness
  • Education and Curriculum Programs
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Program
  • Mental Health Services

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Address: 130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (323) 526-1254

Gang Intervention & Prevention Programs in Los Angeles
National Institute of Justice - Changing Course: Preventing Youth from Joining Gangs, Executive Summary pdf icon

The book Changing Course was written for community organizations and leaders. Reading the executive summary, the short version, might help you to understand why you should avoid gangs.

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Parenting Resources icon   Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence

There are many types of violence and abuse. No matter who the abuser is, you have the right to feel safe and be treated with respect.

  • Intimate partner violence can happen between heterosexual or LGBT couples that may or may not be having sex. This kind of violence includes physical, sexual, or psychological harm. It also includes abuse from former partners.
  • Sexual violence includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. The perpetrator may be a stranger, acquaintance, friend, family member, or intimate partner.

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Love and Respect Yourself First.
Love is Respect National Dating Abuse Helpline

Phone: (866) 331-9474
Text: 77054

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Intimate Violence Prevention

Center for Disease Control Violence Prevention
Dating Matters: Intimate Partner Violence for Teens


Short-term and long-term emergency shelter for domestic violence victims.
24 hour Hotline: (310) 264-6644

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: (800) 656 - HOPE (4673)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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Parenting Resources icon   Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Sexual exploitation could involve street or gang-based prostitution, work at a strip club, sex acts for a fee, pornographic videos, or internet advertisements for sex. The average age of children forced into the sex industry in the U.S. is 12 years old.

According to federal law, an underage victim of trafficking does not have to prove that they were tricked or violently forced into sexual exploitation to be considered a victim.

In Los Angeles County, nearly 60% of youths arrested for prostitution were in foster care at some time. These youths are not acting on their own free will to become prostitutes — they are victims of emotional, physical, and sexual exploitation.

If you or someone you know is being forced to participate in any activity and cannot leave — whether it is prostitution, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work, or any other activity. Remember that no matter what happens, this is not your fault and there is someone out there to help you.

Always call 911 in an emergency.

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You Are Not Someone's Property. You Belong to Yourself.
National Trafficking Resource Center

Phone: 1-888-3737-888 - Toll Free
Text: BeFree (233733)

The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call if you need help for yourself or for someone who needs resources in your local area. If you’re in a place where you cannot safely make a phone call, you can send a text anytime.

Additional information, including additional hotline numbers from other organizations

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)

Phone: (213) 365-1906 - General Information
Emergency 24-hour Hotline: (888) KEY-2-FREEDOM or (888) 539-2373

The work of this local organization is similar to the National Trafficking Resource Center.
They’re located in Los Angeles.

Address: 5042 Wilshire Blvd., #586, Los Angeles CA 90036
Email: info@castla.org

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Need a Place to Rest? Find a Drop-In-Center.
Mary Magdalene Project Drop In Center

Women, men, and transgender people are all welcome to the Drop-In Centers. The Drop-In Center provides programs, services and case management. You can get some food, hygiene products, clothing, and condoms when you drop in or come for a workshop.

You can also sign up for workshops, where you can talk to others who are exiting “the Life”. No one will pressure you to make any changes until you are ready. When you are ready, they will support you. To sign up for a workshop, call to make an intake appointment. You will make some goals and a plan for case management. Then you can attend workshops when it is convenient and meet with your case manager.

Main Location: 136 Haskell Ave., Suite 125, Van Nuys.
Hours: Call Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Phone: (818) 988-4970
Email: info@mmp.org

Satellite Location: 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
This location is new and hours are limited. Call the main location for information.

Restoration Diversion Services

The Drop-in Center offers a place to pick up some food, clothing, condoms, and toiletries. They also offer counseling, HIV testing, toiletries, STD/STI educational materials, GED preparation, and additional resources based on your needs to help you get off the streets.

Workshops are also available. The program is the same as the one delivered by the Mary Magdalene Project but the location of the meetings is at RDS. Call RDS for the workshop schedule.

Supportive Services are provided to workshop participants and visitors to the Drop-In Center. Supportive Services include: mental health, anger management, parenting, domestic violence, GED preparation, substance and alcohol abuse, computer access, mentoring, job preparation, shelter referrals, and STD/STI workshops.

Hours: Monday: 10am-5pm
            Wednesday: 12pm-5pm
            Friday: 10am-5pm
            Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: By appointment only

Address: 208 N. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA 90221
Phone: (310) 639-1695

LA Gay and Lesbian Center The Youth Center on Highland

Operated by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the Youth Center is a welcoming and comfortable space where you can stay the night (depending on availability) while getting whatever assistance you need to make it on your own, including education and job placement assistance.

Case managers will work with you to provide whatever care, support and counsel you may need and if for some reason they can’t help you, they will refer to an organization that can.

Services include:
  • Emergency overnight beds
  • Employment program
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Showers
  • Housing referrals
  • Clothing and laundry services
  • Recreational activities
  • GED Program
  • Art/music groups
  • HIV Testing and counseling
  • Computer lab

  • Address: 1220 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
    Phone: (323) 860-2280 or (888) 255-2429 - Toll Free
    For Appointment with a Caseworker: (323) 993-7500

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    Parenting Resources icon   Suicide

    If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless, helpless, and having thoughts of suicide, call one of the help lines below. They provide 24 hour crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

    The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is a) new or has increased and b) if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling any of the numbers below. You can also talk to a doctor, social worker, or a trusted adult.

    • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
    • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
    • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
    • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
    • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
    • Displaying extreme mood swings

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    Do You Have Thoughts About Suicide? Call a Help Line.
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Phone: (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255
    Trevor Youth Suicide Helpline
    A national 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.
    Phone: (866) 4-U-Trevor or (866) 488-7386

    California Youth Crisis Line
    Provides 24-hour counseling service, information and referrals for all areas of California regarding medical services, shelters, crisis centers, AIDS testing, and transportation info.
    Phone: (800) 843-5200

    Provides 24-hour information, referrals and assistance to any youth in crisis.
    Phone: (800) 999-9999

    National Runaway Switchboard
    Provides 24-hour assistance, information, and referrals to youth who have run away and for other youth in crisis.
    Phone: (800) RUNAWAY or (800) 786-2929

    Didi Hirsch Suicide Hotline
    Phone: (877) 7CRISIS

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    Links: More HealthyTransitionsLA.org Resources
    Stress & Mental Health icon   Seeing a therapist for a mental health reason is like seeing a doctor for a physical injury – if you broke your leg, you’d see an orthopedist for treatment. Therapists are trained to help you recover from a wide range of issues, from depression to traumatic experiences.

    Click here to go to the Stress & Mental Health page of this website and read more.

    Drug Alcohol Smoking icon   Are you struggling with drug, alcohol, or substance abuse?

    Click here to go to the Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking page of this website and read more.

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