Individual counseling is offered for current or past survivors of:
- Sexual Assault
- Elder Abuse
Counseling is FREE of charge and available to the survivors and/or family members who feel affected by the experience, otherwise known as secondary survivors.
Our therapists are NYS Licensed and maintain a Masters Degree level of education and have undergone special training specific to the Advocate Program.
The counselor’s responsibility is to actively listen and support you. Either short or long term counseling can help you explore your options, normalize your feelings, regain control over your life, and aid you in the healing process.
The Advocate Program has case managers that specialize in working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse. The case manager can assist a survivor during a traumatic and chaotic time in her/his life.
Case management support empowers survivors to make decisions that are safest for them and their children and helps to navigate the many dynamic systems in the community.
Case Managers provide:
- Assistance with basic needs
- Knowledgeable information about domestic violence, sexual assault & elder abuse
- Information about crime victims’ rights
- Support and empowerment for survivors to choose their own options and make decisions
- Advocacy – working as a liaison with a variety of services client may be engaged with
- Providing emotional support around feelings related to the crime
- Criminal justice advocacy
- Safety planning for survivors and children
- Information and referrals to additional resources
- Linkage to the NYS Office of Victim Services Compensation Program
The Advocate Program participates in multiple collaborative projects in order to provide comprehensive client services.
Advocate Program staff are stationed at the following locations to assist you:
- Emergency Departments in all 10 hospitals in Erie County– 24hour response by a trained Advocate to victims of domestic/family/elder/sexual violence who present in the emergency room
- Buffalo Police Department- Sex Offense Section
- Erie County Sheriff’s Office- Domestic Violence Unit
- Town of Tonawanda Police Department- Family Offense Unit