Delaware County Victim Assistance Center offers comprehensive direct services to victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Delaware County. All direct victim services are free and confidential.
24 Hour Hotline
Our 24 hour hotline provides access to Counselor/Advocates with specialized training in crisis intervention and counseling of sexual assault victims. Callers may request information, accompaniment, or counseling, either at the time of the assault or any time afterward - even years later. All services are strictly confidential. The hotline is also available to police officers, hospital personnel, and others who may call for information, assistance, or referrals.
Delaware County Victim Assistance Center Counselor/Advocates are available 24 hours a day to accompany sexual assault victims to any hospital or police station. They are also available to accompany sexual assault victims and victims of other serious crimes to all court proceedings.
• At the Hospital
Counselor/Advocates will be with victims at any Delaware County hospital during the forensic medical examination for rape or other sexual assault.
• At the Police Station
Counselor/Advocates will accompany the victim to the police station to report a rape, other sexual assault, or other serious crime, and may be present during the police investigative interview.
• At the Criminal Court
If an offender is arrested, a Counselor/Advocate will accompany the victim to all court proceedings, including the preliminary hearing, pre-trial interviews with prosecuting attorneys, the criminal trial, and sentencing.
Most victims of rape, sexual assault, and other serious crimes find that talking with trained counselors helps to heal their emotional pain. Delaware County Victim Assistance Center offers counseling to victims, their families, and significant others. All counseling services are confidential and free of charge.
Therapy is an in-depth intervention provided to victims of sexual violence or other serious crimes in response to the longer-term effects of the trauma. It is provided by licensed Master's level clinicians.
• Supportive Counseling
Support through problem-solving crisis counseling is available to victims of crime and to their significant others regardless of when the trauma occurred. Delaware County Victim Assistance Center provides longer term counseling services for those affected by rape, sexual assault, and other serious crimes.
• Group Counseling
Delaware County Victim Assistance Center has support groups for those affected by rape, sexual assault, and other serious crimes.
Assistance With Crime Victims Compensation
Delaware County Victim Assistance Center can help victims file these claims to the state. Victims and significant others may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the PA Victims Compensation Assistance Program for a variety of expenses, such as medical and counseling expenses, loss of earnings, loss of support, stolen cash, relocation, funeral, or crime scene cleanup.
Staff attorneys at Delaware County Victim Assistance Center provide free civil legal services to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and other serious crimes.
CVLP Legal Services
Delaware County Victim Assistance Center is proud to offer a range of prevention and education awareness programs that are developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed. Our programs are updated on a continuing basis, in accordance with PA state and national standards. Driven by social-emotional learning research, each program is designed to create safe and inclusive spaces in a multicultural environment.
We offer interactive programs for pre-K to 12 schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and allied professionals with the aim of increasing consciousness of important cultural issues.
We also partner with colleges and universities, community organizations, and allied professionals to provide specialized programs based on their needs..