Concerns related to victimization may include: being the victim of a LGBTQI+ hate crime; questions about LGBTQI+ groups; wondering where to get LGBTQI+ support; concerns about LGBTQI+ issues.
A New Hope Center is the comprehensive crime victim service provider of Tioga County. We providing free and confidential services to individuals affected by domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual violence and trafficking, and all other crimes. A New Hope Center offers supportive counseling, systems advocacy, and community education programs. We operate a 24-hotline and textline. We also operate a safe dwelling for those who need immediate housing when leaving an unsafe household.
The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County provides services and support for youth and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Our 24 hour hotline is available for those needing emotional support; legal, social services and medical advocacy; safety planning; referrals to support and empowerment groups, confidential shelter, to our Legal Services Program or our Therapy Program. Hotline staff will connect a caller with an advocate if accompaniment services are needed to file for an Order of Protection, to a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam or to the police to file a report. Our Child Advocacy Center services for sexually abused youth can also be accessed by calling our hotline.
The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County provides services and support for youth and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse including: 24 hour hotline; emotional support; legal, social service and medical advocacy; safety planning; support and empowerment groups and confidential shelter. We provide accompaniment to court appearances and help filing for Orders of Protection. Our Legal Services Program provides trauma informed legal representation and our Therapy Program serves youth and adults. We are the local provider for victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and we have a Child Advocacy Center response for victims of child sexual abuse.
AAFSC works across four priorities—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. Through our wrap-around social services, AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships, and family reunification by connecting community members to health and food access, mental health counseling, and legal services. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead productive lives through ESOL classes, civics lessons, caregiver support, and youth enrichment activities. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by equipping families with the tools to succeed, offering case management services to victims of violence and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. AAFSC also communicates the needs of the marginalized to partners and policymakers.
BRAVE is a hospital based violence intervention program. We provide support to all victims of violence that present to Erie County Medical Center in an effort to reduce retaliation, reinjury and promote alternatives to violence. Services include: -Crisis Support to patient and family -Liaison between patient/ family and your health care team -Safety planning -Link to mental health and substance abuse services -Collaboration with community partners -Crime Victims Compensation
Services include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, emergency housing, supportive counseling, advocacy with law enforcement, the courts, Child Protective Services, the Department of Social Services, etc., child care during essential appointments, community education about the dynamics of domestic violence and the influence it has on society, transportation to and from essential appointments, support group for victims of domestic violence, and assistance in filing for compensation from the New York State Office of Victim Services.