Sep 2, 2020

The Center provides a total of 9,835 services to 168 sexual trauma victims

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and is the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking.

The Center offers a comprehensive continuum of programs and services that are available in multiple languages to all victims, free of charge, regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. These services include, but are not limited to:

• Information and Referrals: information about the criminal justice process, information about victims’ rights, referrals to other victim service programs, and referrals to other services, supports, and resources;

• Advocacy and Accompaniment: victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy, performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance, intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, childcare, transportation assistance, and translation/interpretation services;

• Emotional Support and Safety Services: crisis intervention, hotline/crisis line counseling, on-scene crisis response, individual counseling, support groups, therapy, and emergency financial assistance;

• Shelter and Housing Services: emergency shelter, transitional housing service, and relocation assistance; and

• Criminal and Civil Justice System Assistance: notification of criminal justice events, civil legal assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal assistance with family law issues, immigration attorney assistance, prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment, criminal advocacy/accompaniment, and other legal advice and/or counsel.

Over the last three months, the Center provided 9,835 services to 168 victims in the sexual trauma program. 

 

This reporting period: 

  • Staff worked with a teenage client who was sexually assaulted by her biological father two years ago. She had depressive episodes periodically, some lasting for a week or more. The client has rarely missed her weekly therapy sessions. The client has stated that her depressive episodes are occurring less and less and her sleep cycle has become more consistent. She informed staff that therapy has helped her talk about what is bothering her and process what happened since she feels as though no one at home has the time to talk to her. During one her sessions, the client told staff, ‘I can finally see a time in my future when I won’t need therapy. I am doing so much better.’ 
  • The Center's Sexual Trauma Advocate worked with a young female who was brutally raped by a stranger after leaving her job. The client first encountered the agency when going in to do a SAFE Exam with her older sister. She was initially terrified, but reported later that she felt comforted by a Rape Crisis Counselor. The Sexual Trauma Advocate met the client after a couple of days when being asked to be prepared for grand jury. Client was experiencing bad flash backs and had stated thatif it were not for the advocate, she would have just broke down. Sexual Trauma Advocate was present with the client during the criminal justice process, making her feel comfortable, translating, and supporting her. Client felt validated and supported during the preparation of grand jury and while she was explaining the details of the assault. 

     

  • Staff worked with a client who was sexually assaulted by a priest various times. When the client first came to the Center, she was anxious and was exhibiting signs of PTSD; her speech was very rapid, almost unable to understand what she was saying. Sessions have been focused on discussing and learning ways to utilize breathing techniques and grounding techniques to help manage anxiety due to trauma from the sexual assault. Client is learning how to slow down her rapid speech and how to work  through her trauma and PTSD.  
May 4, 2020

Maintaining Services for Victims During COVID-19: The Center serves 180 sexual assault victims

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and is the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking.

The Center offers a comprehensive continuum of programs and services that are available in multiple languages to all victims, free of charge, regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. These services include, but are not limited to:

 

• Information and Referrals: information about the criminal justice process, information about victims’ rights, referrals to other victim service programs, and referrals to other services, supports, and resources;

• Advocacy and Accompaniment: victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy, performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance, intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, childcare, transportation assistance, and translation/interpretation services;

• Emotional Support and Safety Services: crisis intervention, hotline/crisis line counseling, on-scene crisis response, individual counseling, support groups, therapy, and emergency financial assistance;

• Shelter and Housing Services: emergency shelter, transitional housing service, and relocation assistance; and

• Criminal and Civil Justice System Assistance: notification of criminal justice events, civil legal assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal assistance with family law issues, immigration attorney assistance, prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment, criminal advocacy/accompaniment, and other legal advice and/or counsel.

 

Over the last three months, the Center provided a total of 7,221 services to 180 victims in the Sexual Trauma Program. This quarter:

• The Center worked with a client who recently came to disclose that she was sexually assaulted by a person she looked up to. She was very scared of coming forward due to the backlash she thought she would face because of who the individual was and because she took some time to come forward and disclose the incident. The Center provided advocacy, emotional support, and safety planning, which has given her a courage to keep going. The agency has also assisted the client with therapy to help her process the trauma and help her with her anxiety. She stated she would not have been able to fully go through the criminal justice process if she did not have an advocate with her.

• This quarter, the Center provided services to a young woman who had been raped in her home.  She reported the incident to police, and staff accompanied the victim to her apartment while the police were collecting evidence. The Center also accompanied her to the hospital ER, where a rape exam was conducted.  The Center provided supportive counseling, validation and support, information and referrals, as well as other legal options.  The Center continues to work with this victim and help her through the healing process.

 

Quotes:

• “The first time I met with you, you helped me to get me grounded…I was out of it for so long.  I always feel safe and grounded when I’m with you.”                                       

• “Thank you so much for caring when no one else did.”

  • "I wouldn't have been able to do this without your support."

• “I feel safer after coming here for services and help.”

Jan 10, 2020

The Center provides 6,995 services to 186 victims

The Center for Safety & Change, Inc. (“the Center”) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop strategies to end gender-based violence and provide shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. Since its inception in 1979, the Center has been the sole provider of domestic violence residential and non-residential services certified by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and the only New York State Office of Victim Services designated Victim Assistance Program in Rockland County. In addition, all of the Center’s sexual trauma staff are certified and trained by the New York State Department of Health, all direct service staff and volunteers are certified rape crisis counselors, and, within the last decade, the Center became the sole provider of services to victims of human trafficking.

The Center offers a comprehensive continuum of programs and services that are availablein multiple languages to all victims, free of charge, regardless of age, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. These services include, but are not limited to:

• Information and Referrals: information about the criminal justice process, information about victims’ rights, referrals to other victim service programs, and referrals to other services, supports, and resources;
• Advocacy and Accompaniment: victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy, performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance, intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, childcare, transportation assistance, and translation/interpretation services;
• Emotional Support and Safety Services: crisis intervention, hotline/crisis line counseling, on-scene crisis response, individual counseling, support groups, therapy, and emergency financial assistance;
• Shelter and Housing Services: emergency shelter, transitional housing service, and relocation assistance; and
• Criminal and Civil Justice System Assistance: notification of criminal justice events, civil legal assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal assistance with family law issues, immigration attorney assistance, prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment, criminal advocacy/accompaniment, and other legal advice and/or counsel.

Over the last three months, the Center provided a total of 6,995 services to 186 victims in the Sexual Trauma Program. This quarter:
• A teen who had been sexually abused when she was younger had been experiencing heightened anxiety after she had disclosed the abuse. The teen received services and learned grounding and breathing techniques to develop awareness about triggers to manage the anxiety she was experiencing.
• A young girl was referred to the Center after a family member had sexually abused her. She was reluctant to talk about what happened and often processed her feelings by using art in sessions. Staff provided a safe space and met the child where she was in her healing process. Eventually the child felt safe to process the trauma and discussed feeling relieved after sharing her story. The child continues to use art and also was able to incorporate art as one of her coping strategies to use at home.

 

Quotes:
• “I had no idea I had so many options after being raped. I appreciate all your support. You’ve been awesome throughout this whole process.”
• “I don’t know how I would have gotten through these past few months without you. Thank you so much for your support!” • “I just feel better when I talk to you. This is my safe place.”
• “Thank you for caring and providing services to my family.”

 
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