Victim Assistance Program (VAP) works directly with families and individuals who are impacted by crisis, violence, and tragedy in our community. In addition to their family or individual support services, VAP has developed programs, supports, and trainings that focus on how to help groups and organizations as well.
- Group Crisis Intervention: Advocates respond to on-scene crisis for any group, whether in a place of business, a school, a medical setting, etc. VAP performs group intervention sessions for large groups, or large groups can be broken into smaller groups based on exposure level to trauma. VAP provides coping strategies, validation of traumatic experience, safety planning, preparation for continued crisis, and appropriate referrals for ongoing community resources.
- Individual Crisis Intervention: Advocates are available 24/7/365 via the VAP hotline at 330-376-0040. Services are similar to those outlined for groups, but for individuals, they include personalized needs assessments, victim rights education, court accompaniment, and assistance in filing court protection service applications.
- Customized Corporate Trainings on Trauma-Informed Supervision and Strategies: VAP offers a Summit Victim Assistance Academy, which provides customized trainings for businesses or organizations looking to equip and empower staff in handling a crisis in the workplace as well as individual staff crisis. Topics include:
- Crisis Intervention
- Death notification
- Compassion fatigue
- Burnout prevention
- Trauma-informed care
- Vicarious trauma
- Intimate partner violence
- Sexual violence
- Survivors of Homicide Victims
Contact the Director of Educational Service or Supervisor of Crisis Services at 330-376-0040 for more information on these and other programs.