Sexual Assault Program
WHAT HELP CAN
HANDS OF HOPE GIVE?
It often takes a great deal of courage for a victim to take that first step and ask for help.
At Hands of Hope, you can expect to talk with courteous, empathetic
and trained advocates who can help you through those early stages
of dealing with trauma. Help is available to you whether you
are the person victimized, a parent or other relative of a victim,
or a partner, friend or co-worker needing support and direction.
This may be through accessing our confidential, 24-hour toll-free
crisis line, by our presence at the hospital during an exam,
by assisting and supporting the victim during court proceedings,
in helping the victim gain an Order
for Protection through the court, by being with them
during interviews with law enforcement, or through individual
or group support. It may also take the form of giving information
or referrals, by helping them sort out available options, and
assisting them to make decisions based on their needs and wishes.
Emergency assistance or help in finding alternative housing
may be needed. Appropriate referrals to other services are given
when they may be indicated. All services are free to
victims and those who care about them.
Often victims may feel at first that they want to deal with
the situation themselves, or they may have thought they had
nowhere to turn when they were victimized. Various life events
can bring about renewed difficulties with the past abuse.
Hands of Hope can offer listening and supportive counseling
in these situations or provide appropriate referrals to other
service agencies. A contact with Hands of Hope can be the start
to your healing process so you may live your life to the fullest