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Counseling & Support Groups

We respect the right of each person to choose their own path in the healing process. Victims and their loved ones have the option of calling The Center’s hotline, participating in crisis counseling or groups and/or receiving support during medical forensic exams, police reports, the investigation process and/or court proceedings. You can call us at anytime!

Anyone, over the age of 14, affected be sexual violence may receive up to 12 free and confidential sessions of one-on-one crisis counseling. Our highly trained, certified sexual assault crisis counselors will meet with clients in our Stamford office or in the community, striving to make it as easy as possible for victims to get the help they need. We also provide support and empowerment groups – these groups vary throughout the year ‐ please call us to learn more about the groups we are currently offering.

 

ADVOCACY

While our counseling and support groups are geared towards anyone over the age of 14, we can engage in our advocacy work with all of the clients and families that we serve. The Center’s counselor/advocates work to address the needs of victims through advocacy. This advocacy can take many different forms depending on the needs of clients locally, across Connecticut and nationally.

INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY

After a sexual assault, victims and their families often have to navigate complex systems and institutions that they are not accustomed to dealing with – this may include police departments, hospitals, courthouses, therapist referrals, etc. The Center’s counselor/advocates can help navigate these systems and help to ensure that their needs are being met. The Center’s counselor/advocates are here to help child, teen and adult victims and their families navigate: forensic medical exams, making a police report, investigations, court proceedings, victim’s compensation etc. Our counselor/advocates will provide information to victims about these systems and help to keep them as informed as possible. We feel that our clients are empowered by knowing their rights and what services are available to them.

SYSTEMS ADVOCACY

The Center is part of a state-wide network of sexual assault crisis centers which are linked together by the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS). Through this state-wide network and staying involved at the national level, we work together to identify barriers, challenges and gaps in services for survivors of sexual violence so that we can remove them. An example of this work is in our legislative efforts, where each year The Center works with CONNSACS to either propose or support legislation that affects the lives of victims and their families.

“The counseling and educational services provided by The Center are crucial for the victims of sexual assault and a community as a whole. As an attorney who has regular contact with victims of sexual assault I am grateful for the support The Center provides to the victim through all phases of Court proceedings.”

– Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Maureen Ornousky

“The level of expertise and commitment to advocacy displayed by the people from The Center is not only a great asset to the Sexual Assault Response Team; but also an inspiration to those of us in the field, as well as the families whose lives they impact.”

– Jessie Boye-Doe, LCSW
Director, Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART) Program
Child Guidance Center of Southern CT