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Mental Health Resources
You're not alone
Whether you have struggled with suicide yourself or have lost a loved one, know you are not alone. Hear about personal experiences from people in your local community whose lives have been impacted by suicide.
Are you in a crisis? Call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
What to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless or Thinking About Suicide
Free or Low-Cost Therapy in Newport News
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides 24/7, free and confidential support for LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 13-24) in distress, offering suicide prevention, crisis support, and resources, via phone, text, and chat.
Child Protective Services (CPS)
How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect
Local Departments of Social Services
Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, or have difficulty speaking to communicate by TTY (text telephone) or another assistive telephone device with anyone who uses a standard phone.
Captioned Telephone Service: 877-243-2823
Visually Assisted Speech-to-Speech: 800-855-8220
Child Abuse & Foster Care Prevention
CPS Accountability System Reports
CPS Reports & Studies
Child Death Review
Domestic Violence Guidance Manual
Gun Safety (PDF)
Mandated Reporters - Training & Resources
Permanency Matters Newsletters
Safe Sleep 365
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Water Safety (PDF)
The goal of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to identify, assess and provide services to children and families in an effort to protect children, preserve families, whenever possible, and prevent further maltreatment. Child Protective Services is non-punitive in its approach and is directed toward enabling families to provide adequate care for their children.
Local departments of social services are responsible for receiving reports of abuse and neglect; conducting investigations to determine the validity of the CPS reports; and providing services that enhance child safety and prevent further abuse and neglect to families and children.
CPS also develops statewide public awareness and education programs and administrates state and federal grants to prevent abuse and neglect.
Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
The Virginia Department of Social Services operates a statewide Child Protective Services (CPS) Hotline 24/7 to support local departments of social services by receiving reports of child abuse and neglect and referring them to the appropriate local department of social services. The CPS Hotline is staffed by trained Protective Service Hotline Specialists.
Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect to a local department of social services or to the CPS Hotline. Callers will be asked to provide as much information as possible about the child, the alleged abuser and the incident. You are not required to give your name when you make the report, but if you do identify yourself, the local department of social services will be able to contact you for further information if needed and will be able to inform you of actions that were taken.
Each report is sent to the proper local social service agency to be evaluated to determine whether the report information meets the legal definition of child abuse or neglect and whether CPS has the authority and responsibility to conduct a family assessment or an investigation to determine the child's immediate safety needs and to determine if the family needs services.
Criteria for Child Abuse
Alleged victim is under the age of 18 at the time of the report
Alleged abuser is in a caretaking role
Alleged abuse or neglect meets the definition of abuse or neglect as defined by the CPS laws, regulations and policy
The Virginia Department of Social Services local agency has jurisdiction to respond to the report
In Virginia:(804) 786-8536
Out-of-state: (800) 552-7096
Recognize the Signs of Child Abuse
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's CyberTipline
National Sexual Assault Hotline: Confidential 24/7 Support
or call 800-656-4673
National Sexual Assault Hotline Chat
Talk to someone live and anonymously.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish and 200+ through interpretation service
Spousal Abuse Laws
Transitions Family Violence Services
Address: 240 Chapel St, Hampton, VA 23669
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
Address: 718 J Clyde Morris Blvd B, Newport News, VA 23601
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
Free or Low-Cost Counseling in Newport News
Innerbody - Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez from Innerbody has written an article for those thinking about using online therapy and how to get the most out of it. Online therapy has been around for years, but telehealth platforms have surged in popularity during COVID-19. Today, there are numerous online options for clients seeking support.
Read his article at the link below.
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