We provide these FREE services:
- Crisis Intervention
- Emotional support and short-term crisis counseling
- Accompaniment to hospitals, police and courts
- Advocacy with police, courts, District Attorney, and other area service providers
- Information and follow-up on case status in Criminal and Family Courts as needed
- Referrals to and help with arrangements for temporary housing and DV shelters
- Assistance in filing a claim with the NY State Office of Victim Services for reimbursement of medical and counseling costs, lost wages and funeral expenses, etc.
- Referral to other agencies
- Support groups
- Safety Planning
- Victim Impact Statements
- Trauma Informed Yoga
- Free Civil Legal Services Consultations and Representation when appropriate
SPECIALIZED SERVICES :
Enough is Enough :
- Direct Services & Prevention Education at SUNY New Paltz & SUNY Ulster
- The Enough is Enough Sexual Assault Policy:The adoption of the “Enough is Enough” legislation created a uniform sexual assault policy to protect New York's college students and required colleges and universities to implement a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.
- The Policy Ensures 1. A uniform definition of affirmative consent on the college campus which requires all participants to knowingly, voluntarily, and mutually decide to engage in a sexual activity for the act to be consensual. 2. A statewide amnesty law to safeguard reporting individuals or those who witnessed incidents of sexual violence to be granted immunity from certain campus policy violations such as drug and alcohol use. 3. An installment of a “Sexual Assault Victims Unit” within New York State Police Departments to offer advanced training to individuals reporting sexual violent crimes.
- As a result, SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster have teamed up with the Ulster County Crime Victim Assistance Program to expand existing campus resources and provide additional support and education around sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on the university campuses. With this partnership, students can be assured they have a right to an investigation and prosecution alongside supportive services.
- A Crime Victims Advocate is available to meet with students, staff, and faculty members on campus:
SUNY New Paltz
Student Union, Room 422
Tuesday & Friday by Appointment
Vanderlyn Hall, Success & Enrollment Center
Monday & Thursday by Appointment
Contact the Crime Victim Advocate today for additional resources:
Safe Harbour Program :
- Direct Services & Prevention Education
- Funded by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Victim Services, the Ulster County Safe Harbour program seeks to raise public awareness and educate human services and law enforcement professionals about the exploitation and trafficking of youth for both sex and labor. We recognize that it is not enough to react to these crimes once they occur, but to prevent them from happening in the first place. In addition to awareness raising and educating the community and professionals, the Safe Harbour program has developed a robust Prevention Education Program that addresses the complexities of youth’s lived experiences. The topic of Healthy Relationships is at the core of our workshop series which also includes: Safety Planning and Harm Reduction, Digital Safety, Ethical and Consensual Photo-sharing, and Youth Exploitation & Trafficking. Please see the “Contacts and Services" and “Youth” tabs for more information. For statistics related to this issue in Ulster County and the surrounding Hudson Valley Safe Harbour Counties, please click here.
- NYS Definition of Labor Trafficking
- A new N.Y. Penal Law §135.35 creates the crime of “Labor Trafficking.” A person commits this crime when he or she compels or induces another person to engage in labor, or recruits, entices, harbors, or transports such other person by means of intentionally: (1) providing the victim with certain drugs; (2) requiring servicing of a debt that is caused by a course of conduct, with intent to defraud such person; (3) withholding or destroying government identification documents; (4) using force or engaging in any scheme, plan or pattern to compel or induce such person to engage in labor activity by making that person fearful of one of seven actions or consequences against him or her.
Ulster County Crime Victims Assistance Program1 Pearl Street
Kingston NY 12401