Regional Victim Crisis Center Certified Victim Advocates provides these confidential services at no charge 24/7/365 to survivors of sexual assault and other violence:
- 325-677-7895. RVCC's Crisis Hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a Certified Victim Advocate.
- is available during business hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 noon. Call the hotline 325-677- 7895 for location.
- Provided to child and adult survivors of stranger and non-stranger sexual assault. Certified Victim Advocates respond to the immediate needs of survivors during the trauma resulting from sexual assault and other violence.
- providing information on victims' rights; communicating with law enforcement, medical personnel, Crime Victims Compensation, and other agencies on behalf of the survivor.
- RVCC Certified Victim Advocates accompany survivors to hospitals, law enforcement offices, prosecutors' offices and courts.
- Counseling with licensed therapists who specialize in helping survivors recover from the trauma of sexual assault and other violence,
- Help with filing for Crime Victims Compensation,
- Support and information through the criminal justice process,
- Referral to community resources.
Adult victims of sexual assault are not required to report the crime to law enforcement in order to be examined by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or to receive services from RVCC.
RVCC serves hundreds of crime victims each year in Abilene and the surrounding area, including:
- Assault (includes bullying of and by children)
- Aggravated assault
- Sexual assault, Rape
- Child sexual assault
- Homicide (murder) victims' families and friends
- Adults molested as children
- This comprehensive anti-victimization program is designed to assist children and teens in dealing with numerous types of potentially dangerous situations. The program teaches assessment options on an age-appropriate basis and provides information on community resources. WHO® focuses on prevention of child abuse, child sexual assualt, bully behavior and other problems. RVCC staff and certified volunteers present WHO® programs to more than 4000 children, Kindergarten through 5th grade, each year in Abilene and surrounding school districts.
- This lunch hour program for identified control groups of elementary students addresses Bully Behavior and Conflict Management leadership skills.
- Topics include verbal, physical and emotional abuse; bully behavior; self-care; peer pressure, harassment and sexual abuse, community and property, media, physical fighting, stranger harassment, male victims of sexual assault, running away.
- The main goal of this program is to decrease violence in schools. It is unique in that youth lead the programs in their schools utilizing peer influence for positive change. The program trains MOST (Men of Strength Teams) to help younger students build leadership skills and encourages the RESPECT program.
- RVCC provides Sexual Assault Awareness seminars and general Crime Prevention programs to any group or organization free of charge. Professional trainings are available to law enforcement officers, social workers, and medical personnel.