Community Victim Support Services in the Oceanside area provides free information and emotional support for women, men and child survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, criminal harassment, family and dating abuse.
Why Victim Services in the Community?
Victims of family, dating and or sexual abuse may be suffering from physical and/or emotional effects that are not only painful, but confusing and frightening as well. You may feel frustrated by the incident itself and by the criminal justice system, or just need some answers.
Physical and sexual abuse often goes unreported. People need a place to talk about relationship violence, abuse and sexual assault where the focus is not on the criminal justice system. Survivors may want to be informed and consider options before contacting the police or any other formal system.
People who experience abuse also need a place to be uncertain, to consider all aspects of their situation and to take some time before acting. Uncertainty is normal; these situations are complex and take time to sort out.
Planning for safety and assessing risk is ongoing and varies over time. Abuse is often a part of a pattern and can be more than a single incident or crisis point. Ongoing support can be very helpful.
What can Community Victim Support Services do?
Contact is made within a couple of business days
Provide safety planning, resource and referral information
Provide emotional support & information on dynamics & impact of abuse
Help explore decisions and strategies for coping with trauma
Accompaniment where possible to police and court
Help with Crime Victim Assistance Applications, & Victim Impact Statements