Albany County
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street, Room 1010 | Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7100 | Fax: (518) 447-7102
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (518) 447-7716
Karen Ziegler, Director
CVSVC provides free and confidential services for Albany County residents of all genders and ages who have been affected by a crime.
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Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center

24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (518) 447-7716


About Us

The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center began in 1974 as AWARE, Albany Women Against Rape. In 1975, the agency became a department of Albany County and was renamed Albany County Rape Crisis Center. The goal of the agency was to provide crisis counseling to rape victims over a 24-hour hotline, and to provide advocacy and support for victims in area emergency departments and police stations. In addition, efforts were made to publicize the frequency and effect of rape through public presentations. A small staff and many volunteers provided coverage for the hotline.

Over the years, the agency grew as the demand for services increased. In 1989, the Center received a grant from the New York State Crime Victims Board to provide advocacy services for victims of violent crime in Albany County. The Comprehensive Crime Victims Assistance Program was housed down the hall from the Rape Crisis Center, and shared personnel and resources.

In 2001, the agency formally changed its name to the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, to better reflect the full population of crime victims receiving services. 

All services are offered free of charge.

Media requests for interviews or comments should be directed to the office of the County Executive at (518) 447-7040.

Community Education

We provide free training to parents, teens, children; and civic, education, business and professional groups in Albany County.

Presentations are tailored to the interest, need and education level of the audience.

Topics may include personal safety, healthy relationships, communication skills, stalking, sexual assault/consent, domestic violence, bullying and bystander intervention. 

Community Education Programs Brochure (PDF)

Campus Sexual Assault

Our campus coordinator can help college students in Albany County who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment in any area of their lives -- in or out of school.

Students can receive confidential assistance over the phone or in person about their rights, counseling, reporting, on-campus accommodations, and more. Students are entitled to have an advocate or advisor with them when meeting with school personnel or law enforcement.

Learn more about support for College Students ยป

Case Management

Our case managers provide comprehensive, coordinated care to crime victims dealing with complex needs. Referrals and service coordination with the NYS OVS Vocational Rehabilitation Unit and the NY Civil Legal Network, among others, as appropriate. The case managers will serve as a point of contact and provide multi-system advocacy.

Survivors of Homicide: Informational Guide
Information regarding end of life details, victim resources and grieving for those who have lost a loved one to homicide.Download the Guide

VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
This online resource allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Click HERE for more information.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to help anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you feel desperate, hopeless or alone call: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

I volunteer. What's your superpower?In just a few hours a week, I can make a difference.

I can answer calls from people who need to talk to someone after hours.
I can accompany a sexual assault victim to the hospital and provide support during a critical time.
I can educate friends, neighbors and colleagues about preventing sexual violence.
Learn more

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

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