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Domestic Violence Crisis Services

Do you think you might be suffering from domestic violence? We can help.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Compass Center works with individuals who are experiencing or have experienced emotional, verbal, physical, sexual or other forms of abuse. Compass Center’s comprehensive services provide emotional and practical support to help survivors of abuse find safety and self-sufficiency for the long-term.


Our domestic violence services are free and confidential. They are also available in English and Spanish. Services are provided to people of all races, classes, religions, ethnic groups, sexual orientations and gender identities.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline

Domestic violence advocates provide emotional support and discuss strategies to keep victims of abuse safe before, during, and after domestic violence incidents.


DV Crisis Counseling

We talk to people over the phone or in person at our office. We can also help people who are unsure if their relationship is abusive and would like to talk to someone about this.

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Emergency Housing

The most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence is when they leave their abuser. In July 2020 Compass Center launched the Safe Homes, New Lives campaign to provide short-term emergency housing to Orange County survivors of domestic violence and their families. 

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Legal Support

Compass Center court advocates help people navigate both civil and criminal court as they take legal action to find safety and move forward with their lives. Court advocates help victims file Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Safety Planning

We provide information and options and allow those we assist to make their own choices about the best options for them. Safety planning is an important technique to consider when victims are staying in an abusive relationship or intend to leave. Several things should be considered.  Personalized safety planning is available in English and Spanish.

Please call our 24-hour hotline at 919-929-7122 if you would like to speak with an advocate about a personal plan for your daily safety. 

View our Brief Safety Planning sheet for some tips on safety planning.

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  Support Groups  

Rebuilding life after abuse can feel lonely and overwhelming. Compass Center’s support groups, led by trained facilitators, allow survivors to find healing and strength through shared experiences.  Support groups offer an opportunity for individuals with shared experiences to come together in a safe space, to work on their own healing processes and offer support and encouragement to one another. The goal of the support groups is to help members cope with stressful life events and as a result, help members feel revitalized and strong.


Groups are held in a safe location, and all discussions during group meeting are kept confidential. Joining these groups and attending workshops are free. Our support groups are also offered in Spanish, and childcare is provided at no cost. Please see below for details regarding our various support groups and workshops.


For more information about our support groups, please contact the support group coordinator at 919-968-4610 or email  for groups in English and for Spanish-language groups, or call 919-929-7122..  

  Housing Micro-Grant Program  

Compass Center’s Housing Micro-Grant Program provides housing support for survivors who have been displaced or made homeless by domestic or family violence, or for whom a lack of independent housing contributes to their lack of safety. Survivors in our housing program receive assistance finding a safe rental unit of their own, financial assistance towards rent, moving expenses, and utilities, and supportive services provided by a trained housing case manager.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, as funding permits.

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