There is no single profile of an abuser, or of an abused person — anyone can become the victim of relationship and sexual abuse, regardless of gender, sexual preference or marital status. DVRC offers crisis intervention and support services to over 1,000 male, female, and child victims of domestic and sexual violence each year. DVRC also serves friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers in their efforts to help someone in need. All services are confidential, non-judgmental, and free of charge.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call.
Domestic Violence Services
Our comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence include the following:
24 Hour Hotline: Our hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you want to talk, we’re here to listen.
Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Hotline: 518-584-8188
Emergency Shelter: We operate a comfortable and safe home for women and their children with immediate safety concerns. We are committed to finding safe housing for all victims; if we cannot accommodate a victim of abuse in our safehouse due to occupancy, gender, or any other reason, we work with local providers to find safe housing.
Case Management: Our case managers can help you locate and access a variety of services and agencies to help you meet housing, employment, medical, educational and other needs. Everyone’s situation is different so our services will vary from one person to the next – please call with any questions you may have.
Counseling: We offer issue oriented, individual counseling for primary and secondary victims of domestic violence. Call 518-583-0280 for an appointment – we are generally able to see you within one day of your call, and often are available the same day. We make every attempt to accommodate your schedule.
Legal Advocacy: Our legal advocacy services assist clients with understanding and navigating the criminal and civil justice systems. We assist in obtaining orders of protection, advocate for your goals, assist with safety planning, and provide accompaniment to all entities within the criminal justice system.
Accompaniment: Advocates can meet with clients at the hospital, police department, court and other agencies 24 hours a day to provide support and information.
Safety Planning: Your safety is extremely important. If you are in an abusive situation and planning to stay OR planning to leave, developing a personalized safety plan can help. We will work with you to develop a safety plan that fits your needs. The best safety plan is one that is tailored to you and your situation.
Office of Victims Services: We provide assistance with Office of Victim Services compensation claims for eligible people.
Safe Pet Partnership: Our Safe Pet Partnership provides care and shelter for pets needing temporary safe housing while a family is in transition.
If you have any questions about the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to call. Office: 518-583-0280 or Hotline: 518-584-8188.
Sexual Assault Services
Rape and sexual assault are major life crises that interrupt and influence your normal life at home, at work, at school, with friends, family, and co-workers. We are here to help you begin to work through the many emotions and concerns you may experience. We are here to help you understand the facts surrounding sexual assault and how you as a survivor can begin the recovery process.
Counseling: We offer issue oriented, individual counseling for victims of sexual assault. Call for an appointment. We are generally able to see you within one day of your phone call, and often are available the same day. We make every attempt to accommodate your availability, if you need to be seen at a certain time/day let us know.
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam: The forensic exam is performed by specially trained nurses who gather evidence which may be used in prosecution if the victim presents to the hospital within 96 hours of a sexual assault.
Case Management: Our case management department exists to help ease the many needs you may be facing. Our services include, but are not limited to; housing and employment assistance, Department of Social Services assistance, help accessing medical providers, and assistance accessing other necessary services. Everyone’s situation is different and therefore what we can help with varies greatly from person to person. Please call with any questions.
What to do if you are raped…
- Go to a safe place
- Do not shower, bathe, urinate, douche, or brush your teeth
- Save all clothing from the assault
- Do not disturb the crime scene
- Seek medical help at the hospital
The decisions are yours to make:
- You do not have to report to law enforcement to receive help.
- We can accompany you to medical services or to report the crime if you choose to do so.
- We can discuss your options and available resources.
- We are available 24 hours a day by calling 518-584-8188.
If you have any questions about the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to call. Office: 518-583-0280 or 24/7 hotline: 518-584-8188.