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.

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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.

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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.

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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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VICTIMS ASSISTANCE CENTER IS OFFERING FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY! Please join us on Thursday, September 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown for “Child Exploitation: What You Should Know About Child Sex Trafficking, Online Enticement, and Child Abduction.” John Kelly; MDT Enhancement Coordinator for the New York State Children’s Alliance and retired Saratoga Springs Police Investigator, joins David Fallon; FBI Special Agent (Ret.) and award winning law enforcement investigator, to provide you with information you need to investigate cases of child exploitation, and learn how to effectively work with sexually exploited youth. Please see the attached document for the event flyer.Please note there are two separate tracks for this event. Please choose only one training to attend:Training for law enforcement, prosecution and Child Protective Services: 9 AM- 12 PMTraining for youth service providers, social workers, Safe Harbour Critical Team Members, etc.: 1 PM-4 PMRegister by September 10th to hold your spot. Follow the Eventbrite Link to register: Click here to registerwww.eventbrite.com/.../child-sexual-exploitation...** Masks are encouraged for all attendees***Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees*For more information, contact Kiley - kileyh@vacjc.com ... See MoreSee Less
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🚨ATTENTION: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, PARENTS & COMMUNITY MEMBERS Tuesday, September 7th at 10:30amSave the dates & join us for one of our informational webinars showing you the benefits of having this curriculum offered in your schools! If you would like to register for one of these dates, please email our Development Director - Kristin Proven - kristinp@vacjc.com or call (315) 755-1434 (Zoom link & passcode will be provided with registration.)⭐️MBF Child Safety Matters is a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention education program for elementary school students in grades K-5. The program teaches students and adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect), bullying, cyberbullying, and digital dangers.⭐️MBF Teen Safety Matters is a comprehensive, evidence-informed prevention education program for middle school students in grades 6 - 8 and high school students in grades 9 - 12. The program addresses emotional, physical, and digital safety, and teaches students and adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect), exploitation, trafficking, sexual assault, relationship abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, and digital dangers.*This Webinar is open to the public* ... See MoreSee Less
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One in 10 children will be abused before their 18th birthday. But anyone, anywhere can join together virtually for the One Too Many NY 5k-to end child abuse & make a difference-Sept. 17-19th.Whether you walk/run or just donate, your $35 registration fee will help support Child Advocacy Centers in NY state provide free services and healing assistance to sexually abused children.⭐Register by Sept. 16th at bit.ly/3vu5Hts and Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York (Victims Assistance Center) ... See MoreSee Less
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