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County Executive McCoy Expands Crime Victim Services

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:43 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced the expansion of services at the County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center with the addition of two new positions: A new Crime Victim Caseworker focused on serving the Hilltowns and a Child Crime Victim Therapist for residents countywide. The new additions will ensure rural communities have better access to services while addressing alarming trends in sexual assault.

“Today’s announcement builds on our proven commitment not only to support victims of crimes and sexual violence, but also to make county services easier to access for all residents no matter their zip code by bolstering our ACCESS Hilltowns Office,” said County Executive McCoy. “Whether you are a child or an adult, no one should ever feel alone or helpless during their darkest hours. Our staff will be there by your side fighting on your behalf every step of the way, from the original crime, to your court date and onto therapy and recovery.”

The Crime Victim Caseworker will be available at the Albany County Center for Essential Supportive Services (ACCESS) Office at 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne, but is also able to attend court appearances and meetings with victims at the Town Courts of Berne, Knox, Westerlo, Ravena, New Scotland, Altamont and others as needed. They conduct intakes, connect victims with supportive and community services, provide crisis counseling and referrals as well as updates on court dispositions.

In order to address the doubling of child on child sexual assault victims in Albany County at the emergency departments of Albany Medical Center, St. Peters Hospital and Albany Memorial, the Child Crime Victim Therapist will be dedicated to serving abused children and their families. They will be based out of the Child Advocacy Center at 260 South Pearl Street, helping with New York State Office of Victim Services applications, individual and family therapy, accompaniment for non-emergent medical exams, community education and forensic interviewing. This person filling this position will start on December 6.

The two new full time positions are made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Anyone in need of assistance can call the Albany County 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline at (518) 447-7716 or the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center at (518) 447-7100.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy