Local Therapists

It is always advisable for individuals to seek professional help when coping with trauma and mental distress. If you need immediate help or feel your life is in danger, You should contact 911 immediately.

Many of the hotlines listed on the right can refer you to a specialized therapist in your area, including the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN has an excellent article titled “How Can Therapy Help?” that discusses what to look for in a therapist, how to find one, and what to do when your therapist isn’t working out. Remember that it’s perfectly fine to try out different therapists until you find one who is a good fit for you.

If you are local to north-central West Virginia, SHIELD recommends the following therapists to abuse survivors:

Your local child advocacy center (such as the Marion County CAC or Monongalia County CAC) may also be able to refer you or your child to a good therapist.

Online Lists of Resources for Survivors

The following websites have compiled extensive lists of resources available for survivors:

Books for Survivors

If you are a survivor or counselor and would like to recommend a book that is not on this list, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at contact@shieldwv.com.

Survivor Memoirs

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard

Pretty Damaged by PS Oehler

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout

SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson

Other Nonfiction

Healing Is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them by Stephen Arterburn

What the Bible Says to Abuse Survivors and Those Who Hurt Them by Victor Vieth

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb

Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence by Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb

Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg

The Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse by Diane Langberg

On the Threshold of Hope by Diane Langberg

Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson

Fiction Books About Sexual Assault

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake


National Helplines

Below are some helplines available for victims and people in crisis, organized by topic.

Alcohol and Drugs

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: 800-662-4357

Child Abuse

National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

Child Sexual Abuse

Darkness to Light: 866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)

Child Welfare

Child Welfare Information Gateway: 800-394-3366 or live chat on website 

Crime Victims

Crime Connect Hotline: 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)

Crisis (Any Kind)

Crisis Text Line: Text “LISTEN” to 741-741

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800−799−7233

Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888 or text “Be Free” to 233733

Missing or Abducted Children

Child Find of America 800-I-AM-LOST (800-426-5678)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678)


National Parent Helpline: 855-4-A-PARENT (855-427-2736)


National Capital Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222


American Pregnancy Helpline: 866-942-6466

Option Line: 800-712-HELP or text “HELPLINE” to 313131

Crisis Pregnancy Helpline: 800-672-2296

National Life Center: 800-848-LOVE


National Runaway Safeline: 800-786-2929

Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Hotline:  800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

Local Resources