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.

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Child Abuse Awareness

Child Abuse

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.

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Domestic Assault Awareness

Domestic Violence

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.

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is never the victim’s fault. Sexual Assault impacts men and women and encompasses rape, incest, stalking, and harassment.

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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

Victims Assistance Help And Support

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!

Safe Shelter

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.

Support the Victims Assistance Center

Your support allows us to support others.

Let’s work together to achieve a community free of violence and crime.

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Monday, Detective Judy Goodman retired from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office - She has been a dedicated member of our Multi Disciplinary Team since 2008!Congratulations on your retirement! We are grateful for your commitment to our agency. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃Today and everyday we are thankful for our wonderful staff, board members & clients.🧡Our offices will be closed today, Thanksgiving Day and tomorrow as well. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, November 29th.As always, our hotline is available 24/7 (315) 782-1855 ... See MoreSee Less
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