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Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center has a program specifically for teens and young adults who may be experiencing dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.

Advocacy Services Offered:

  • Safety planning & risk assessments
  • Information for victims/survivors
  • Resources and referrals
  • Protection order assistance
  • Individual counseling
  • Group services
  • Advocacy at police stations, schools and other places in the community
  • Campus advocacy

All services are free to victims/survivors of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking ages 13 to 24 years old.

For more information on protection orders and services for teens contact Dawn Rawlings at (216) 229-2420 x 219, by email at, or our Helpline (216) 391-HELP (4357) 24-hours a day.

What is a Protection Order?

A protection order is an order obtained from the court that prohibits the perpetrator from making contact with the victim/survivor and can help increase safety.  A protection order can forbid a perpetrator from being within 500 feet, show up at locations identified in the order (such as home, school, place of employment), call, text, email or contact the protected person via the internet, social media sites or a third party and more.  A protection order can help hold perpetrators of violence accountable for their actions.  Violating a protection order is a crime.  A Teen Advocate can help you filing for a protection order and be with you throughout the court process. Click here to read more about Ohio’s Juvenile Civil Protection Order law.


Once a victim now a survivor turned thriver and a reviver.

If you need me for:
* Speaking Engagements
* Setting up Domestic Violence Groups
* Conducting Vigils
* One on One counseling
* Domestic Violence Workshops
* Teen Dating Workshops
* Human Trafficking
* Safety Planning

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Is unpredictable and dangerous; no two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another. If you need non-emergency assistance, fill out this….

Help form, or contact Sue at The Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center at: 216-229-2420 ext. 261. Below are other steps you can take  to increase your safety: 

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you. Click here to learn more about safety plans.
  • Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep emails, text messages, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw. Click here to download a stalking incident and behavior log.
  • Contact the police. Every state has stalking laws. The stalker may also have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you or stealing or destroying your property.
  • Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
  • Tell family, friends, roommates, and co-workers about the stalking and seek their support.
  • Tell security staff at your job or school. Ask them to help watch out for your safety.