The Bilingual Domestic Violence Program provides free, quality counseling services for victims and survivors of domestic and dating abuse in Philadelphia regardless of gender or sexual orientation.


The BDVP collaborates with other domestic violence programs and the City of Philadelphia to operate the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline which provides the following for victims of domestic and dating abuse:

  • Crisis intervention & counseling
  • Safety planning
  • Referrals for domestic abuse services and other needs, including those in multiple languages.

The hotline is toll free and is answered by trained counselors’ 24-hours a day.


The BDVP provides FREE and confidential counseling services in Spanish and English for victims and former victims of domestic and dating abuse including:

  • Individual counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy
  • Support groups onsite and throughout the city
  • Specialized groups for incarcerated women

Childcare can be available during counseling sessions upon request.

To make a FREE, confidential counseling appointment call 215-426-8610 ext. 1236

Medical Advocacy

The BDVP partners with local hospitals to provide onsite Intimate Partner Violence counseling for patients and their families, as well as  trainings for health care professionals.

Legal Advocacy

The BDVP provides court accompaniment and advocacy at the Criminal Justice Center, Family Court, and the Philadelphia Probation and Parole Department.

Education and Training

The BDVP offers education on domestic violence and dating abuse for professionals, youth, community members, workplaces and congregations.  Trainings are available in English and Spanish.

Transitional Housing

The BDVP’s transitional housing program, the Sheila Brown Women’s Center, serves homeless women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence and dating abuse.

STAR Program

STAR (Students Talking About Relationships) is an after school program for student leaders who want to have fun and help their peers learn about healthy relationships and sex.