Victim of Crime Advocacy Services
We are the Portage County Rape Crisis Center, serving victims of any violent crime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All services for victims of crime are free and confidential.
Victim of Crime Advocacy (VOCA)
Our advocates are dedicated to supporting clients and have specialized training in supporting survivors of violent crime. They make sure that you are heard and believed. Advocates are available 24/7 to provide education on your options and resources as a survivor, and also just to listen.
24 Hour Crisis Helpline: 988 & 330.678.HELP (4357)
24/7 Crisis Hotline to provide support, education, & resources
24 Hour Advocacy
24/7 Advocacy to provide in person support, education & resources in community hospitals and police stations
Our advocates are knowledgeable on ways to legally protect oneself and can provide comfort during court hearings. Our advocates offer the following for legal support:
Referrals and assistance with protection orders
Accompaniment to court for criminal justice proceedings
Assistance with Safe at Home address confidentially program
Crime of Victim Counseling
Our mental health counselors specialize in working with victims of crime. They provide a safe environment to help process your thoughts and feeling, reduce stress and help you cope with how the crime has changed your life. These services are free and confidential.
Individual Counseling & Group Counseling
Victims of Crime
Survivors of trauma, sexual assault or abuse
Group to Grow Support Group
There’s always room to grow, so how about a group on that concept? Starting this fall, a new support group is going to be offered weekly for women identifying survivors affected by sexual violence. Group to Grow is is held WEEKLY at our Ravenna location on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7:30pm.
This group will be facilitated by two victim services advocates, Sarah Vaughan and Mallen Rush. Group to Grow is to take the place of a former group provided by victim services, Connect to Cope. We hope that having the group run weekly rather than bi-weekly, we can provide more support and accommodations for attendees. For instance, if someone happened to be busy the Wednesday before and couldn’t make it, that attendee would no longer have to wait until the next bi-weekly meeting for support within the group’s setting.
Rainbow After the Rain Support Group
The Rainbow After the Rain is an LGBTQIA+ support group whose mission is to redefine joy after experiencing trauma. You may already know what the concept of “coming out” is, but did you know that a queer person often comes out numerous times throughout their life?
Think about it; job interviews, medical appointments, or just simply meeting new people, LGBTQIA+ individuals will often find themselves having to reintroduce every personal part of themselves and then must be at the mercy of parties that may not always be receptive of that. This unreceptiveness can show itself in name calling, slurs, threats, or even physical violence to name a few—and that is just only one example of possible queer trauma. LGBTQIA+ people also experience non-queer related traumas of course, and the hope of this group is that it can become a safe place to discuss these traumatic experiences and not have to worry of possibly being judged just for simply being who they are.
With that said, are you an ally just wanting to attend to learn or even participate in the group’s theme of redefining joy? Not quite sure of your gender or your sexuality? You’re just as welcome in this space. The rain may symbolize the traumas LGTBQIA+ people are exposed to for simply just being LGBTQIA+ in a heteronormative society, but any experienced trauma still falls under the cloud’s umbrella.
Anyone 18+ is welcome to attend this group every Thursday 6pm – 7:30pm at 155 North Water Street
in Kent in the upstairs meeting room.
If you have any questions please contact Mallen at email@example.com.
Portage County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Townhall II team members lead a coalition of agencies that serve sexual assault survivors through a variety of multidisciplinary services. Team members can include, but are not limited to, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic medical examiners, and prosecutors. The SART works together to ensure that the county has guidelines and protocols in place that prioritize victims’ needs, hold offenders accountable, and promote safety and support. The Portage County SART is committed to educating the county on all available services including intervention and prevention of sexual violence and coordinating services.
We use safety plans when we feel that a client wants to know how they can be safe in a violent situation. They are used primarily for domestic violence/intimate partner violence clients, but can be used for other victimizations like stalking. Each safety plan is unique, so that they can best adapt to the situation and the people in it. No matter how many safety precautions you take, you can never completely eliminate risk. However, taking steps to reduce risk helps to provide emotional comfort for clients. The safety plan can address issues of concern for both the client and advocate. It’s important for safety planning to be collaborative since the advocate brings the knowledge of actual safety planning and area resources, while the client brings the experience of their own situation, their unique needs, safety risks, and life circumstances; however, it is not mandatory for it to be completed together. Safety planning can be done when the client is choosing to stay in an abusive relationship, when the client is deciding to leave an abusive relationship, or when a client has left, but still faces safety concerns from an abusive ex-partner. Safety plans can be long or short term, complex or brief, and written or unwritten.
These packets are provided free of charge and include information regarding varying victimizations, Townhall II’s services, and other area resources. The police departments throughout Portage County who utilize this program are encouraged to provide packets to citizens who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence or intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or human trafficking. Packets can be requested by emailing Arissa Shupe at firstname.lastname@example.org.