Written by Alexandra Lenihan, Office of Domestic Violence Strategies

Philadelphia envisions a city free of domestic violence.  

If your relationship doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Help is available. If you or someone you know needs help, call the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at (866) 723-3014. If you believe you or your loved one is in immediate danger, please contact the police at 911. 

Domestic violence is complex and dangerous. It affects all classes, races, marital statuses, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Domestic violence is more than physical abuse. It is a pattern of behaviors that one partner uses against the other to gain power and control in the relationship. These behaviors may include isolation, financial deprivation, or stalking. They can also include emotional abuse and threats to hurt them, their children, or their pets. 

Check out this list of local, free resources available for support.


In 2016, Mayor Kenney created the ODVS to help the City’s Health and Human Services agencies improve their response to intimate partner violence.