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Coronavirus Pandemic Resources for Victims & Supporters

People surviving violence in their daily lives may experience increased isolation and danger from social distancing. Survivors often have specific needs for safety, health and confidentiality. People already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are now facing additional challenges.

Our list of COVID-19 resources offers suggestions and connections to help get through this time.

Domestic Violence Support During the Pandemic

More social distancing videos & resources


Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center provides a comprehensive range of services to emotionally and physically injured crime victims in Albany County. Services are available to anyone of any age who has experienced a sexual assault or other interpersonal crime at any time in their life, or who has been affected by someone else’s assault.

The Center provides information, referral services and criminal advocacy to crime victims. Professional staff and trained volunteers assist victims in filing claims for compensation through the New York State Office of Victim Services. Courts, law enforcement records and referrals from other agencies help identify crime victims in Albany County who qualify for our services.

The Center operates a 24 hour sexual assault hotline for crisis counseling and advocacy at Albany County hospitals and police stations for victims of sexual assault.

Confidential therapy for victims of interpersonal crimes, including sexual assault, domestic violence, assault and homicide, is available Monday through Friday by appointment. Friends and family members of crime victims may also schedule therapy appointments. Therapy is offered in individual, family or group sessions.

The Center offers public education programs on interpersonal violence prevention for adults, children and professional groups throughout Albany County.

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

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

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.

Survivors of Homicide: Informational Guide

VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)

VINELink is an online resource allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

Need to Talk?

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).

Volunteer

I VolunteerIn 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.

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