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 violent crime at any time in their life, or who has been affected by someone else's assault.
The Center provides information, referral services, counseling and criminal advocacy to crime victims. Professional staff and volunteers assist victims in filing claims for compensation through the New York State Office of Victim Services. Courts, police 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.
Free, confidential therapy for victims of interpersonal crimes, including adult and child 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.
In addition to self-referral, clients are referred to the Center through court advocates, Albany County courts, the District Attorney, County departments, medical and mental health providers, social workers, child abuse workers, schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement and the multiple community agencies that partner with and support the Center.
The Center maintains an extensive network of referral resources for its clients. This network can help crime victims locate many immediate and long-term necessary services such as counseling, crisis intervention, social services agencies, shelter and housing, medical assistance, legal services, domestic violence specialists, food pantries, substance abuse treatment and much more.
All services are free.