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 hearing. Our advocates off thee 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
Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Group
Connect to Cope is a group that allows individuals to share a low-pressure, trauma informed arts and crafts space. The group also discusses many important topics such as healthy relationships, self-care, and coping skills.
Art has many health benefits! It reduces stress by reducing cortisol levels in the brain when actively engaged. It increases self-esteem and confidence in ourselves. It allows us to use our creative brain to express feelings and thoughts which can lead to healing and hope. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment when we finish a piece of artwork! Connect to Cope offers many types of art and each is designed to allow the individual to be creative and express themselves openly.
The group is held every other Tuesday in Ravenna from 7:00-8:30PM.
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.