Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.  •  8265 State Route 812  •  Lowville, NY  13367
Telephone:  315-376-8202  •  Fax:  315-376-8421  •  Location and Business Hours  •   Contact Us

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About our program:
 
Our Victim Services program provides confidential services to crime victims at no charge, with special emphasis on domestic violence and sexual violence. Our goal is to empower victims and their families, assist them in regaining control of their lives and ultimately move towards healing.
 

 

 

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Our Services

Resources for Victims

How To Volunteer

Funding Acknowledgements
 


 


 
 

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Community impact at a glance In 2016:
  • 166 victims were served (including children);
  • 144 protected nights were provided at the safe dwelling;
  • Professional and educational trainings were provided throughout the community;
  • Primary Prevention education was provided to elementary and high school students in area schools.

 

 

Our Services:

 

24 Hour Crisis Hotline
Call 315-376-HELP (315-376-4357) anytime.
We accept collect calls.

 

You can also contact us at 376-8202, ext. 4 during regular business hours, or text us at 315-489-2212 (texts are only reviewed during business hours.)

 
Safe Dwelling Services
 
Victims of domestic violence and their children are provided with temporary, emergency shelter at a confidential location. While in the Safe Dwelling, victims receive counseling, legal and personal advocacy, information and referrals and awareness education.  Our Safe Dwelling can accommodate up to 8 individuals, and includes a newly designed recreational room for children and also a nursery.  The dwelling also has a spacious kitchen, dining room, comfortable living room with cable television, and state-of-the-art security system.
 
 
Medical Crisis Intervention
 
Advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week to provide crisis intervention to victims.  An advocate will accompany the survivor to the hospital to be examined. Advocates provide the victim with emotional support as well as information.
 
 
Crisis Therapy
 
A licensed certified therapist is available to provide crisis therapy at no charge to victims of domestic violence, rape, incest, stalking, and sexual assault/abuse and their children.
 
 
Supportive Counseling
 
Supportive counseling is provided to help victims discuss feelings relating to the domestic violence and/or sexual assault/abuse and to also help them identify their personal strengths, and redevelop feelings of self-worth.  Secondary victims such as parents, family and spouses may also receive supportive counseling which provides them with an outlet to verbalize their feelings. Education about the cycle of domestic violence and/or sexual assault/abuse is discussed with victims and their children.  Supportive Counseling is offered in a private, comfortable setting.
 
 
Support Groups
 
Support Group meetings are held to help victims understand and cope with the dynamics of domestic violence and the emotions relating to sexual assault/abuse.  Support Group meetings are held in a confidential location.
 
 
Advocacy
 
Advocates are available to link victims to legal resources relating to domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse (an example being Legal Aid of Mid-New York.)  Advocates can accompany victims to court, the District Attorney’s office, law enforcement agencies, the hospital, and assist victims in obtaining orders of protection.  Advocates also assist victims and their children in obtaining services from other human service agencies.
 
 
Information and Referrals
 
Individuals are provided with information and referrals to valuable resources available in the community.
 
 
Crime Victims Compensation Services
 
Advocates assist crime victims with filing compensation claims with the NYS Office of Victim Services.  Crime victims may be eligible to receive compensation for the following:
  • Medical and counseling expenses;
  • Loss or damage of essential personal property;
  • Burial/funeral expenses;
  • Lost wages or lost support;
  • Transportation to court for necessary court appearances for prosecution;
  • Occupational/vocational rehabilitation;
  • Use of domestic violence shelters;
  • Crime scene clean-up;
  • Good Samaritan property losses;
  • Moving expenses

Crime Victims Compensation services also ensure that all crime victims are aware of their rights.

 
Safe Pet Services
 
If a victim is hesitant of leaving an abusive environment because of their love for their pets, Safe Pet services helps to alleviate this concern.  Shelter is available for up to two companion animals (dogs and/or cats). The Safe Pet Facility provides food, water, exercise and tender loving care for the duration of the pet’s stay.

When entering the program, the owner must provide Opportunities with proof of pet ownership. While maintaining weekly contact with the Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Program concerning the duration of the pets stay, pets can be admitted for up to two weeks. Extensions are evaluated on an individual basis.
 
 
Community Education and Outreach
 
Community Educational programs are available to schools, community groups or agencies who are interested in learning more about the topics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, child sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment.
 
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Resources for Victims:
 

Laws in New York State

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Love Is Not Abuse

S.H.A.R.P.  Program (for families in the US Army)

 
Are you visiting our website from another U.S. state or community?

Click on the link below to access information or help in your locale:


The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N.)

Laws in other states
 

 
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Funding Acknowledgements:
 
Our services are supported by the following funding sources:
 
  • County of Lewis
  • NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • NYS Department of Health
  • NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services
  • NYS Office of Victims Services
  • Private foundations, area businesses, and private donors
 
 
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