Free and Confidential Services
For more information please call our hotline at 814-944-3585 or 1-800-500-2849.
The Victim Services Program offers a hotline which is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by trained staff and volunteer advocates. Hotline advocates offer compassionate and nonjudgmental crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, information, options, community referrals as well as education on common reactions crime victims may encounter. All calls to this hotline are strictly confidential.Victims are not the only ones who can use our hotline for support; we welcome family members and friends of victims, the professional community and first responders to call our hotline as well.
Medical accompaniment: Victim Services Program advocates will accompany victims of crime to the Emergency Department, Child Advocacy Center or other medical facility when requested. As part of the accompaniment service, our advocates will also provide emotional support, personal advocacy, safety planning, information and referrals, and transportation for clients.Criminal Justice Accompaniment: Victim Services Program advocates will accompany victims during police and district attorney interviews, assist in the preparation of victim impact statements and provide on-going support throughout the entire criminal justice process. Legal advocacy services can also be provided for Preliminary Hearings, Pre-Trial Hearings, Trials, Guilty Pleas, Sentencing, and Civil Protection Order Hearings.
The Victim Services Program provides temporary safe shelter for women and children who need emergency housing to escape domestic violence. The Shelter operates on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week. Safe housing arrangements for male victims of abuse are provided through referrals to our community partners.Guests may stay up to 30 days. Once crisis needs are stabilized, housing is often the first priority and need of shelter residents. Advocates will assist in the development of service plans with goals to find safe permanent housing, financial stability and employment.