Mission: To provide individualized, compassionate, victim-focused services to meet the needs of victims of crime who reside in or were victimized in central florida.
Programs: To provide support services to victims of all crime (including robbery, assault, child abuse, dui, sexual assault, elder abuse, homicide survivors, home invasion, kidnapping, domestic violence, stalking, grand/petit theft, fraud, hit and run, etc. ) victims can receive services at the vsc, free of charge, regardless of whether they report the crime to law enforcment. Advocacy services are provided by highly trained victim advocates and include: comprehensive needs assessment and customized case plan; crisis intervention; personal advocacy; assistance filing applications for victim compensation and injunctions for protection; education of common reactions to victimization and the criminal justice system; safety planning; assistance navigating the investigation/prosecution of criminal cases; as well as information and referrals to applicable community resources. Victim advocates also provide crisis intervention via the 24-hour sexual assault hotline. Therapy services are provided by licensed therapists experienced and trained in addressing trauma. Therapists work with clients to identify, understand, and ameliorate the effects of sexual violence and violent crime by promoting healing and resolving lingering issues resulting from crime-related trauma. Services are provided to individuals as well as in a group format. Support groups are available to provide education, support, and linkages to other persons with shared experiences in order to facilitate recovery from crime-related trauma or sexual violence.
the vsc operates orange county's certified rape crisis program at our sexual assault treatment center (satc). Services offered at the satc include: forensic evidence collection for the investigation/prosecution of criminal cases by specifically trained sexual assault nurse examiners; medical intervention, including baseline testing for sexually transmitted infections and referrals for prophylactic medications; immediate victim advocacy and crisis intervention; administration of a 24-hour sexual assault hotline. These services are provided up to 120 hours post victimization, for sexual assault victims ages 12 and up, 24-hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. There are 95 professional standards that must be met and maintained to be certified by the florida council against sexual violence (fcasv) as a rape crisis center.
the vsc prioritizes comprehensive outreach and community awareness as it relates to criminal victimization and available resources. The vsc participates in safety fairs, provides public presentations and reaches citizens through media outlets. There is a concentration on underserved populations in the community, such as the elderly, homeless, disabled, spanish speaking residents, college aged students, and the lgbtq communities.
I volunteered on a committee and helped with a project. I have found the staff and services that offer to be most helpful. I was not served by this center but am a surivor who wished that I had been able to access a service such as this. The services that they provide are for all types of victims not just sexual assault. I was impressed with the staff and how devoted they all are. There services are free and in this day and time with break-ins and robbery there is a place to call to help you deal with the aftermath. I have their numbers in my phone for emegency to give to someone who might need it. I hope I never need them as a client but it good to know they are there.