What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person in an intimate relationship to control the other. There is no single profile of the abuser, or of the person being abused — anyone can become the victim of abuse in the relationship, regardless of gender, sexual preference or marital status.
What is Sexual Assault?
Injuries and complications resulting from the assault may or may not be immediately apparent — for example, sexually transmitted infections. For this reason medical attention is strongly encouraged as soon as possible. You may also be given the option of having a sexual assault forensic exam, within 96 hours of the assault, for the purpose of collecting evidence for prosecution. The decision to report to the police can only be made by you. Medical attention is provided regardless of police involvement.
Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County (DVRC) has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Saratoga County for 30 years. Each year, its safe-house provides over 2,600 bed nights of safe shelter to adults and children fleeing abuse. The staff of 14 assists over 1,000 adults and children each year to increase their safety. While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence. DVRC staff provide prevention and education programs to over 1,500 school-aged youths each year, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations and professionals in the community.