Domestic Violence

Resources for Leaving Domestic Violence Situation

Domestic Violence

We have been on the phone and googling nonstop for a week, trying to find resources, organizations, and programs that can help a mother running away from domestic violence with babies. Unfortunately, we’ve come to find that most programs are too underfunded and in too high of a demand to take our friend in.

Despite that, there are some organizations we have received valuable information/resources from, and still others we are hoping will pan out. This is a live document! This blog post will be updated as we find more resources.

This is a bilingual blog post. Resources in Japanese will follow. DVから逃げているお母さん、女性を支援してる団体やプログラムを纏めています。特に日本語で対応してくれる団体にとても助けられたので、記事の後半に日本語で対応してくれる団体などを入れてます。

Most of the resources are for Maryland residents. You may be able to find similar programs in your own state as well!

*This is not legal advice. Just a collection of resources we’ve collected and advice we’ve received.*

Things to Consider before Escaping

Financial Assistance

Cash Assistance

Child Care Assistance

  • Child Care Scholarship (CCS) Department of Human Services:
    • Provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland
    • Within income guideline or recipient of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Pursuing child support if both parents don’t live in the same household
    • Maryland resident working/employed, in an approved training program, or attending school
    • Local resources on child care, health and social services, financial assistance, support for children with special needs, etc. by state

Housing Assistance

Household Expenses Assistance

  • Emergency Broadband Benefit FCC:
    • Discount up to $50/month towards boardband services
    • One-time discount up to $100 to purchase a laptop, computer, or tablet
    • For those with income at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines or participating in certain assistance programs
  • Lifeline Support FCC:
    • Discount (up to $9.25/mo) on qualifying monthly telephone service, broadband internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages
  • Assurance Wireless:
    • Free smartphone, unlimited data/texts/minutes, 10GB hotspot data
    • May qualify based on income, enrollment in public assistance programs (Medicaid, SNAP)
  • Dollar Energy Fund:
    • Support with gas, electric, and water in 14 states for limited-income households
  • Fuel Fund of Maryland:
    • BGE energy cost assistance for low-income households

Food Assistance

Transportation Assistance

Multiple Services

  • Community Action Council of Howard County:
    • Food assistance: through food bank
    • Early childhood education: Head Start/pre-kindergarten programming for 3~5 years old
    • Energy assistance: electric bills
    • Housing assistance: financial assistance to prevent eviction
    • Weatherization assistance: energy efficiency programs to reduce energy consumption
  • JustLiving Advocacy:
    • Childcare subsidy, assistance, search
    • Employment support for single mothers

Other Resources

Medical Assistance

Immigration Assistance


  • USPS Change of Address:
    • Change your address with USPS for $1.10
    • Requires a valid email address and a credit or debit card (with registered address that matches your new address)
    • You can do it online or in person in the local post office (PS Form 3575)
  • Discounted Amazon Prime for EBT and select government assistance recipients:
    • 50% off Amazon Prime subscription for those who have EBT cards (like SNAP, WIC, TANF)
    • Full list of eligible programs
    • Amazon accepts SNAP EBT
    • MUST use Amazon Gift Card for Credit Card to register (no Debit Card)
  • Self Credit Builder:
    • Credit building service for those with no or low credit score
    • Build up credit score by putting money into a CD every month

Legal Assistance

Japanese / 日本語サポート

  • DVRP Survivor Services Program:
    • Free and confidential services in over 20 Asian/Pacific Islander languages
    • Confidential helpline: 202-833-2233,
    • Case management: resources with shelter, emergency transportation, interpretation, apply for public benefits, accompaniment to court, etc.
  • WomanKind:
    • 24/7 Domestic violence hotline in 18 Asian languages: 1-888-888-7702
  • Japanese Americans’ Care Fund:
    • Helpline for people who need assistance:
    • Daily assistance: transportation, meal delivery, grocery shopping, etc.
    • Every day issues: family, legal, etc.
    • Referrals to Japanese-speaking professionals: lawyers, physicians, translators, social workers, etc.
  • Japanese-speaking lawyers/translators list:
    • 日本語対応出来る家庭方専門弁護士、弁護士、通訳者などのリスト
  • Law Office of D.J.Jones PLLC:
    • 日本語で対応してくれるイミグレ・離婚弁護士
    • Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York
Hiroko Nishimura
AWS Community Hero. Special Education teacher turned IT Engineer turned Technical Writer and Technical Instructor. LinkedIn Learning and egghead Instructor. Arteriovenous Malformation, Brain Surgery, and Brain Injury survivor. Currently in remission for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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