Services we offer

Crisis Intervention
A crisis intervention takes place at either the client's home or VCVA office. All family members and friends of the victim are invited to attend. This is a time for family and friends to vent their feelings, frustrations, sadness, and anger about the crime that has been committed. An overview of the judicial system, victim's rights, and bereavement process is given. The client's questions and special needs are addressed. Crime Victims Compensation paperwork is explained and given when applicable. 

Judicial Proceedings
Clients are advised of the basic judicial process and the role that they will play. VCVA advocates will attend judicial proceedings with the client, as well as work with the prosecuting attorney's victim/witness assistance program. VCVA will assist clients during the trial and sentencing, and assist victims in preparing victim impact statements for the court. 

Support Group
Clients are offered monthly support groups. Support groups provide a safe place for victim/survivors to discuss any problems or concerns they are having as a result of the crime. Monthly topics are presented to the group by the facilitator. Support groups offer clients a place to learn about bereavement and the coping skills they will need to recover from the trauma. Clients must wait 60-90 days before entering the group. 

Advocacy Counseling
Clients may contact VCVA advocates for advocacy counseling at any time. Advocates are available for in-office sessions or telephone consultations. Clients understand that advocates are not counselors, but are available to answer questions and provide comfort during low points in the recovery process. 

Types of referrals include; therapists, clergy, Crime Victims Compensation (CVC), food banks, domestic violence programs, and sexual assault programs.

Education and outreach
Our founder is available for speaking engagements with the law enforcement community, prisons, schools and media regarding our services as well as the impact of homicide on the family and community.