Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center began in 1974 as AWARE, Albany Women Against Rape. In 1975, the agency became a department of Albany County and was renamed Albany County Rape Crisis Center. The goal of the agency was to provide crisis counseling to rape victims over a 24 hour hotline, and to provide advocacy and support for victims in area emergency rooms and police stations. In addition, efforts were made to publicize the frequency and effect of rape through public presentations. A small staff and many volunteers provided coverage for the hotline.
Over the years, the agency grew as the demand for services increased. In 1989, the Center received a grant from the New York State Crime Victims Board to provide advocacy services for victims of violent crime in Albany County. The Comprehensive Crime Victims Assistance Program was housed down the hall from the Rape Crisis Center, and shared personnel and resources.
In 2001, the agency formally changed its name to the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, to better reflect the full population of crime victims receiving services. These services have not changed, only the name has.
All services are offered free of charge.
Preventing Violence in Our Community
We provide free training to civic, education, business and professional groups in Albany County. The presentations are tailored to the audience. Topics include personal safety, healthy relationships, communication skills, stalking, sexual assault/consent, bullying, bystander intervention and workplace violence. Programs can be applied to professional settings as well as the classroom. Community Education Programs Brochure [PDF]
Volunteers help staff the 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline, accompany sexual assault victims to the ER and police stations, and advocate for victims in court. Learn more
Crisis hotline trainings begin in January, July and September
Survivors of Homicide: Informational Guide
Information regarding end of life details, victim resources and grieving for those who have lost a loved one to homicide. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE! Download the Guide
Back to School Readiness for Parents, Caregivers and Students
The role of the educational system in the lives of our children is critical to their growth and development, now and for generations to come. Learn more
NEED TO TALK?
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to help anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you feel desperate, hopeless or alone call: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
This online resource allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Click HERE for more information.