Get a Ride to Safety
Step One is to decide you are ready to go.
We serve those who have decided they cannot endure a life with an abuser any longer, and have no local shelter available. Once you have made the decision towards a life of freedom, act carefully and seek help from a civic professional like a counselor, a family violence advocate at the police department, or a hotline advocate. Then call us to request help. We will present you with travel options that fit your situation. Our transportation service is one-time one-way. This means no return trips and no further relocations. For peace of mind, destination information is purged after the trip.
Step Two is to call our Help Line during normal weekday business hours: 972-885-7020
Step Three is to get to a safe location where a volunteer can pick you up. This can be your place of employment, a public school, a fire station, a police station, an area shelter, a hospital, or other safe place.
Criteria for Receiving Transportation Service
- You must be in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex area seeking to go outside of the metroplex area, or
- You must be in the North Texas area seeking to go outside of the North Texas area, or
- You must be in the North Texas area seeking to go to emergency shelter in another North Texas county
- You must be of legal adult age, 18 years or older
- You are leaving or have recently left an abusive intimate partner relationship or adult family violence
- You must have been in contact with a civic professional prior to services (see below)
- You must be able and willing to get to a safe location for pickup
- You must have a destination and we require to contact the receiving party about your arrival
- If going to a shelter, it must be to a secure domestic violence shelter, not a general population homeless shelter
Area of Service
We'll pick up from a safe location in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area (pink) going to a destination in the North Texas area (purple) or beyond. Callers from rural North Texas (purple) or in a city an hour outside of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex may receive a ride to a domestic violence shelter inside the metroplex area or to a domestic violence shelter in another county in North Texas. Families to Freedom does not provide local transportation across the pink Dallas-Ft. Worth area at this time. For a ride to a local shelter in or next to your city of origin, work with your shelter for a solution. We are unable to accommodate departures from outside of the purple service area. Requests for travel to a shelter beyond 200 miles from Dallas, regardless of whether the caller originates in a shelter or not, will not be honored. For housing as the destination, we’ll require to speak with the landlord or a neighbor. For travel to a job opportunity, we’ll require to confirm arrival arrangements with the company’s human resources department.
To qualify for transportation services, you will need to have been in contact with a licensed or certified civic professional. This ensures that you receive immediate assistance related to your abuse and that we are serving people who are genuinely in need of our services. In contact can be a phone call (consider The Hotline or 9-1-1), meeting in-person, or by digital chat with a licensed or certified civic professional.
We define a civic professional as a person who is employed by or engages in a professional capacity on behalf of a registered company, an organization, or a municipality. Additionally, this profession should deal with civic matters such as health, legal matters, community outreach, or public safety.
Examples of civic professionals include (but are not limited to): police, fireman, doctor, lawyer, counselor, therapist, dentist, school nurse, shelter personnel, campus police, emergency line dispatch, caseworker, social worker, pediatrician, and others.
Scheduling Departure Time
Families to Freedom is an all-volunteer organization that relies on the availability of our volunteer team. As such, we are usually not able to accommodate departure for multi-state travel the same day as your call. Requests for a ride to shelter in North Texas may be honored the same day as your call. If you feel you will be in danger before your scheduled departure to another state, call the police and seek shelter.
Safe Locations for Pickup
A safe place for a volunteer to pickup at can be the location of a civic professional such as the police station, a fire station, hospital or medical clinic, or a shelter. In some cases where municipal resources are too far or not available, we will also accept a public establishments including a retail store that is well lit and has camera surveillance and/or security personnel. This requirement is for the safety of all people involved. We will not pickup from a residence.
While Families to Freedom will advocate for you to contact and/or report the abuse to police, we do not require police involvement. We will honor the confidentiality agreements formed between doctors and their patients, and lawyers with their clients.