Victim Assistance

A partner in protecting your rights.

We’re here to help, whether you want to learn about your legal options, the many types of resources available to you, or just need someone to listen.  We will believe you and support you every step of the way, whether or not you choose to report an assault to law enforcement.

We provide support to victims of rape and sexual abuse in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties throughout the criminal justice process. Our Victim Specialists can help by providing you with support, knowledge and access to resources.

How We Can Help

We will believe you and help protect your rights. We’ll provide support and assistance to you and your family and friends, answering questions about the legal aspects of rape and sexual abuse, help facilitate communication between you, the courts and/or the police, accompany you to court and to visits with the police and your prosecutor, and help link you to other services if needed.

We won’t make your choices for you, give legal advice or release any information about you to anyone for any reason without your written consent. We’ll help you make informed decisions, understand your rights and your options, and help connect you to resources such as VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).

What Help is Available for Victims?

Read about the many options available to victims in our frequently asked questions about victim assistance.

Do I Have to Report to Law Enforcement?

Whether or not to report an assault to law enforcement is your decision.  Some victims weigh their options and decide not to report.  Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s victim specialists can help you consider your options, and can provide assistance whether or not you decide that reporting is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To make an appointment with a victim specialist, or learn more about your options, call (216) 619-6194 ext. 141, or request an appointment online.

 

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