Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center

Office Hours (9am-5pm, M-F), Emergency, By Appointment
Referral Process MDT referral for forensic interview or advocacy services, therapy request form for therapy services
429 O St NW, Washington DC, 20001

States where the organization has representation or a license to practice law

  • Washington, D.C.


Safe Shores—The DC Children’s Advocacy Center is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse. Safe Shores provides intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District of Columbia, and prevents child abuse through education and training.

Location(s) of the organization

  • Washington, D.C.

Type of Organization

  • 24 Hour Services (Includes emergency & crisis services)
  • Human Trafficking Training/Technical Assistance
  • Mental Health Services: Mental Health Services
  • Policy Advocacy: Policy Advocacy
Forensic Interviewing, Case Review, Prevention Training

Specialized Competency

  • At-Risk/Exploited Populations
  • Mental Health Issues
Child Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, and Child Trauma

Target Populations and Restrictions

Populations Served

Domestic, Foreign

Language Capabilites

English, Spanish

Target Populations


  • Serve all genders


  • Serve all genders

Service Restrictions

Type of Trafficking Restrictions: sex crimes against children or other qualifying crimes against children

Direct Victim Services

Basic Necessities

  • Child welfare referral
  • Emergency/Crisis response
  • Personal items (includes material goods or support to obtain goods including food, clothing, toiletries, housing supplies)
  • Safety planning
  • Transportation (includes metro/subway passes, bus tickets, etc.)

Legal Services

  • Victim advocacy (includes vacating convictions, crime victim's rights and services, & explanation of legal rights and protections)


  • Volunteers
  • Paid internships
  • Unpaid internships

Housing Services

  • Housing advocacy (includes assistance to locate and place client in housing)

Mental/Behavioral Health Services

  • Clinical counseling / Therapy
  • Emotional/moral support / Supportive counseling
  • Peer Support

Contact Information

Other Contacts

Clinical Services Director (therapy referrals)

Erin McGuinness
Director of Prevention and Outreach (training requests)

Allison Spangler
Family Advocacy Services Director