Support Services

There are several ways to access support, including a district-wide school-specific liaisons, a Title IX Officer, and outside resources.

School Specific Resources for Students

Click on your school to learn more.

District Title IX Officer

Provides safe, confidential, online reporting services to any student who has witnessed or experienced an incident of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment of any kind involving students and/or employees of the Portland Public Schools district.

353 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, ME 04101, phone: 207-874-8125, email:

Community Resources

Explore the resources below to learn more about services that might suit your needs.

Through These Doors Domestic Violence Resource

Support, Advocacy, Domestic Violence & Dating Abuse Response

For more information visit or call 1-800-537-6066

Through These Doors is Cumberland County Maine’s domestic violence resource center providing a full array of services to people experiencing domestic abuse and related issues. Offering community education, prevention, and training on domestic abuse to Cumberland County and engaging in efforts to hold perpetrators of abuse accountable for their actions.

TTD provides several services:

Residential Services and Emergency Shelter: A 16 bed temporary home is available in Portland to women (18+) and their children in who are experiencing domestic violence. (They also help male victims find a safe place to stay).

Local Support Groups: Through These Doors offers a variety of free support groups in Portland, Brunswick, and Bridgton for anyone who has experienced or is experiencing abuse in their relationship.

Court Advocacy: Outreach advocates are trained to provide information, and extensive individualized support to people who are victims of domestic abuse, throughout their civil or criminal court process.

Support for Victims of Human Trafficking: Through These Doors is a member of the Greater Portland Coalition against Sex Trafficking and Exploitation, they offer support to victims of human trafficking.

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine

Support, Advocacy, Referrals, Sexual Assault Response

For more information visit or call 1-800-871-7741

SARSSM provides free services in York and Cumberland counties to anyone affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual abuse, through prevention programs, support, education, and advocacy. We have been providing services since 1973.

SARRSSM provides several services:

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): SARSSM advocates are trained to provide information, and consistent, long term support throughout the survivors healing process. They may accompany their client to health care, law enforcement, or legal appointments. As well as providing case management, telephone support, advocacy with other social service providers, and free lawyer consultations.

Support Groups: SARSSM offers a variety of free support groups in York and Cumberland County for survivors of sexual violence. These groups provide an opportunity for survivors to break isolation, offer support to one another, share information and encourage healing. (Groups are private, and require screening).

The Opportunity Alliance

Mental Health, Trauma, Crisis Response

For more information visit or call 1-207-523-5049

The Opportunity Alliance is the state’s designated crisis services provider for Cumberland County. They provide mental health services through their crisis response programs, residential mental health treatment facilities, and case management programs for children, youth, and adults. The Maine Crisis Line and 2-1-1 information line provides 24/7 statewide support for callers seeking critical resources in their communities.

TOA provides several services:

Mental Health Services: Provides referrals to mental health services such as counseling or in home supports, advocates for children in the school systems, aids families in finding resources to meet basic needs-food, clothing, transportation, housing, etc.

Homeless Youth Services: Provides intensive case management for youth (ages 6-21) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as advocacy, monitoring, safety assessments, and referrals to mental health or substance abuse treatment

Support For LGBTQ+ Youth

The Network/LA Red - A survivor led social justice organization working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. They offer a 24 hotline service, confidential long term housing, support groups, and more

MaineTransNet - Offers a variety of support groups throughout Maine to trans, non-binary, gender-nonconforming people, and their allies

OUT Maine - Offers a safe space for youth to find support and discuss important issues

YAAPP (Through These Doors) - All staff members receive Safe Zone training. Their programs, support groups and emergency shelters are dedicated to ensuring an inclusive environment

GLSEN Southern Maine Chapter (Based In Portland) - GLSEN is a national organization that has been making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression since 1996. They respond to students and families in need, and consult with school staff members

Portland Outright - Is a local organization that supports and uplifts underserved member of the LGBTQ+ community through weekly meetings, ongoing mentorship, social events, and much more

Equality Maine - The largest statewide organization in Maine, dedicated to creating a fair and just society for LGBTQ+ people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration.

Support For Boys and Men

1 in 6: Website dedicated to supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. Provides a one-on-one chatline as well as chatting anonymously with a support group.

Support For People who are Immigrants & Refugees

Immigrant Resource Center of Maine: Works towards providing new community survivors of sexual assault receive the support and assistance they need. These services include advocacy, medical assistance, and referrals to facilitate survivors' and victims' healing process. Learn more at (207) 753-0061.

Support For Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Preble Street Teen Center: Able to assist in finding housing for homeless youth, offers case management and resources and assistance with those experiencing trafficking. To learn more, call (207) 874-1197

Support For Native & Indigenous People

Strong Hearts Native Helpline: 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483): 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

Wabanaki Women's Coalition: Offers individual support programs by tribal affiliation.

Medical Services

Maine Medical Center - (207) 662-0111: MMC has staff trained to medically support those who experienced sexual assault, patient has the right to accept or decline any or all parts of the exam. Interpreters available.

Planned Parenthood - Portland (207) 797-8881: Offers free aftercare services for those who have experienced sexual violence or assault.

Support for Young People Experiencing Sexual Exploitation

National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 or Text 233733: Provides services to listen and connect you or someone you know with the appropriate help to ensure safety.

Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services (207) 775-0026: Provides survivors with access to services and information, helps survivors understand those services, and supports survivors.