Readiness to us means preparing the individual and community to respond to changing situations. We hope to give everyday people toolkits to build strong community alternatives to police involvement. We have compiled a list of alternatives to calling the police, which can be a traumatic experience at best and unnecessarily put lives in danger. See the link below to download a printable PDF version—and please share it widely!
Important: While the resources below offer alternative solutions to calling the police, there is no guarantee that these organizations will not involve law enforcement as they deem necessary.
Suicide: Lines for Life
24-hour crisis line, offers help to individuals and loved ones in crisis or when needing confidential help for drug addiction, alcohol abuse, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health issues.
Report Sex Worker Violence: Portland Bad Date Line
Anonymously provide reports of abusive sex work clients through telephone, emailing Pdx.firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at Outside In.
Immigrant Support: Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition
Call if you see an Immigration/ICE raid underway in the Portland area. Para reportar redadas de la migra en el área de Portland y sus alrededores. Llame si usted ve que una redada de la MIGRA o ICE está ocurriendo.
Trans Support: Trans Lifeline
Grassroots hotline with a policy against non-consensual active rescue. Offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis—for the trans community, by the trans community.
Houseless Youth: National Runaway Safeline
24-hr hotline offering support in finding shelter, food, medical assistance, counseling for runaway & houseless youth. Also provides mediation between family and free bus tickets home. Text: 66008
Domestic Violence: Call to Safety
Comprehensive 24/7 crisis line, follow-up advocacy, support groups, community outreach and education.
Violencia Domestica y Sexual: Proyecto UNICA
Una línea para ayuda en crisis, planificación de seguridad, abogacía de vivienda, y grupos de apoyo.
Домашнее насилие: POCC Программа помощи жертвам домашнего насилия
Круглосуточная кризисная линия и помощь в кризисных ситуациях.
Mental Health: Multnomah County Crisis Line
Team of mental health professionals help anyone facing mental health issues any time, in any language.
Add’l counties: Clark Co: 360-696-9560, Clackamas Co: 503-655-8585, Washington Co: 503-291-9111
Mental Health: Unity Center for Behavioral Health, 1225 NE 2nd Ave
24-hour behavioral/mental health services center providing immediate and long-term psychiatric care.
Jail Support: Portland General Defense Committee
In the event of an arrest relating to political activities, the GDC offers access to legal support and strategic resistance.
Jail Support: National Lawyers Guild
For non-jail support, call 833-680-1312 when you are out of police custody, to report that a friend (not you) has been arrested, or if you witness / experience police brutality.
Anonymously Report Hate Crime: Rose City Antifa
Leave a voicemail or email email@example.com to report an incident of hate or give tips on hate group sightings in the city. Over-reporting is better than under-reporting.
For general community resources, call 211 or visit 211info.org.
Is there an organization or resource you feel should be on this list? Please let us know!