The Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County
Welcome to the online home for the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County. Serving the community since 1979 as a comprehensive victims services agency, our mission is to assist and provide direct services to victims/survivors of violence and crime in Jefferson County, NY.
Learn How VAC Can Help
Over 700,000 children are abused in the United States each year. Child Abuse can include physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or commercial sexual exploitation. Sometimes more than one form of abuse can occur at the same time.
Domestic violence can encompass physical, emotional, financial, verbal, and sexual abuse. Anyone can be an abuser. Warning signs to look for include extreme jealousy, possessiveness, cruelty to animals, controlling all finances, and others.
Sexual Assault is never the victim’s fault. Sexual Assault impacts men and women and encompasses rape, incest, stalking, and harassment.
It’s Time To Say NO MORE.
Serving Northern New York since 1979
What began as a grassroots movement to assist women impacted by domestic violence has grown into an agency that provides services to men, women, and children whose lives are impacted by child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other forms of violence.
Clients Served from 2015 - 2020
You are not alone. Help is available.
I am a past victim of domestic violence and my two daughters are as well. We went through physical, emotional, and verbal abuse day in and day out for eight years. I am so glad for VAC. Every time my perpetrator used scare tactics to get me back to his house VAC was always there.
– Domestic Violence Survivor served by VAC
All VAC services are free of charge and completely confidential. We want individuals and families seeking assistance at our office to feel comfortable and safe. Our agency went to great lengths to ensure that the office is a welcoming environment for all who walk in our door.
24 Hour Hotline | (315) 782-1855
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact our 24 Hour Hotline. A staff member is ready to assist you!
VAC operates the only safe shelter in Jefferson County, New York. This is a twenty-bed facility that is staffed 24/7. Residents can expect all the amenities they would have at home.
Report Suspected Abuse
If you suspect child abuse is occurring, we encourage you to make a report. A report can be made by calling the NYS Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.
Our Process & What to Expect
All services provided by the Victims Assistance Center and its programs are trauma-informed and client-centered. Our approach centers on catering to clients and their unique needs, so as to get them on a path of healing.
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Your support allows us to support others.
Let’s work together to achieve a community free of violence and crime.
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- NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
- NYS Office of Victim Services
- NYS Office of Children and Family Services
- Jefferson County Department of Social Services
- Lewis County Department of Social Services
- NYS Children’s Alliance
- NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence