Victims Assistance

Victims Assistance Services provides free, comprehensive and compassionate services to crime victims and their families, friends and loved ones. VAS also works to end violence through community action, public policy and culture change, and through prevention education programs in schools and in other community venues.

It is our belief that through education, advocacy, and the raising of public awareness, we can over time alter the cultural context that allows interpersonal violence to flourish, mitigate the shame-inducing stigma of victimization, and provide former victims the opportunity to regain a sense of dignity and wholeness.

VAS has Sites in Elmsford, White Plains, Yonkers, Peekskill and Mount Vernon, and VAS Advocates are also available at the Family Justice Center, the Yonkers Family Court, and through the Children’s Advocacy Center.

2943541121_20b10e08ca_bAll services are free and confidential.
Close to half of our staff is Spanish speaking and culturally informed.

VAS collaborates closely with sister agencies throughout the county, including the Hispanic Resource Center (www.hrclm.org),  Hope’s Door Domestic Violence Shelter (www.hopesdoorny.org), Pace Women’s Justice Center (www.law.pace.edu/wjc) and The Loft (www.loftgaycenter.org).

 Services include a 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis intervention, counseling and specialized trauma therapies, safety planning, support and therapy groups, accompaniment to hospital emergency rooms, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) forensic exams, accompaniment and advocacy throughout the criminal justice process from initial police report until Victim Impact Statement and VINE registration (in the event of a successful prosecution), assistance obtaining protective orders and accessing shelter, home visits to vulnerable elders, and prevention education presentations. Clients receive help to complete OVS (NYS Office for Victim Services) applications and with requests for emergency OVS awards (for HIV prophylactic medications, crime scene clean-up and help with funeral expenses). Victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and undocumented crime victims also receive facilitated referrals to specialized legal assistance through partner agencies. Our Hope Chest Program provides emergency food and travel vouchers, and facilitated referrals can be made to a wide range of ancillary community services and resources.

Who is eligible for VAS services? Any adult, teen or child affected, directly or indirectly, by domestic or dating violence, rape or sexual assault, stalking, homicide or DWI, elder abuse, child abuse, physical assault, bullying (including cyber-bullying), harassment and hate crimes, sex and/or labor trafficking, physical assault, burglary, identity theft, and other crimes.

 

Restoring Dignity
Advocating for Justice
Helping to Heal

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, call VAS…

MAIN OFFICE – 914-345-3113
NEW TOLL – FREE HOTLINE NUMBER: 1-855-827-2255 (1-855-VAS-CALL)

LOCAL HOTLINE NUMBER: 914-345-9111

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