Ability1st is a nonprofit independent living center based in Tallahassee, Florida. The organization has been providing services to crime victims with disabilities since 2001, and is the only organization with that level of expertise in the region. The center’s predominantly rural and low income service area includes 14 counties in the Florida panhandle.
The Carbondale Police Department in Illinois has 60 police officers and 21 civilian employees. Carbondale is the social service, education, medical, retail, and tourism hub for the southern part of the state, and is the largest city in primarily rural Jackson County.
618-457-3200 ext. 435
The Chadwick Center for Children and Families at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, provides forensic interviews, medical evaluations, trauma counseling, case management, and advocacy services. The center works with children and families with and without disabilities, as well as adults with developmental disabilities, who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or have witnessed domestic or community violence.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office in Thibodaux, Louisiana, operates its Police Social Services section as a one-stop resource for crime victim advocacy, case management, counseling, crime prevention, and intervention services. The program houses Elderly Victim Services, the Crime Victims with Disabilities program, and a Domestic Violence Unit.
The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) in Jamison, Pennsylvania, has provided comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes in Bucks County since 1974. Its service area includes the surrounding areas of Philadelphia, New York City, and Trenton, New Jersey.
Atlanta’s Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) is the largest domestic violence program in Georgia. It provides a 24-hour crisis line, two emergency shelters, legal advocacy, survivor support groups, parenting and children’s programs, and community outreach programs. Its service area includes Athens and the surrounding rural counties.
TTY: 404-873-1766 (Fulton crisis line)
TTY: 770-963-9799 (Gwinnett crisis line)
The Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts (RCCCM), based in Worcester, serves 49 cities and towns in the central part of the state. It collaborates with other women’s antiviolence organizations to provide accessible services for people with disabilities, including 24-hour response for victims who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
TTY: 888-887-7130 (hotline)
SafePlace is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, that serves persons with and without disabilities who are survivors of domestic, sexual, or caregiver abuse. Its programs include a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling, legal and hospital advocacy, an onsite school and daycare facility, training and technical assistance for professionals working with survivors of abuse, and public education efforts.
The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) in Pima County, Arizona, is the largest provider of sexual violence services in the state and the only organization that provides a full range of sexual violence-related services in Arizona.
TTY: 520-327-1721 (crisis line)
The Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been actively advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities since 1974 and is one of the oldest independent living centers in the country. Through a partnership with Safe Passage, a Northampton-based agency offering services, advocacy, and shelter to women, men, and children who have experienced domestic violence, the center serves three counties in Western Massachusetts, including rural Hampshire County.
The Ulster County Probation Department Crime Victims Assistance Program is a comprehensive victim services provider located in Kingston, New York. Its large service area includes the Catskill Mountains and a number of towns and cities in upstate New York, many separated by bodies of water and remote rural areas. The program offers 24-hour on-call response to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.