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Immediate Services 2018-05-09T16:01:14+00:00

Domestic Violence

Emergency Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Crisis-trained staff and volunteers can immediately provide emotional support and information through our 24/7 emergency hotline services.

Advocates can also talk with you over the phone or accompany you to the hospital or law enforcement agencies. Call the WRC Hotline at 540-639-1123 to request an advocate.

The Women’s Resource Center provides emergency shelter to anyone in the New River Valley fleeing intimate partner violence. Please call our hotline for more information.

Options following Domestic Violence for Adults
If you’re in danger, call 911. Options for children may vary. Contact the WRC for more information about options for children, as they may vary.

Medical Options

  1. Visit your local hospital or Primary Care Physician to be treated for injuries or other medical concerns resulting from the violence.
  2. If you would like to have evidence collected, visit your nearest hospital that offers a forensic nurse examiner program. This exam is free and, for adults, does not require you to report to law enforcement.
  3. The WRC can assist in answering any questions. Contact us at 540-639-1123.
  4. Remember that this is not your fault. Recognize that healing takes time, and know that it is never too late to call for help.

Emergency Legal Options for Adults

  1. The chance to report is up to you.
  2. If you’d like a protective order, call the WRC hotline to speak to a legal justice system navigator for more information.
  3. If feel unsafe, you always have the option to contact your local police department.
  4. If you are on a college campus, you may also contact campus police.
  5. If you are being treated for medical injuries or concerns, a medical professional can contact a law enforcement officer on your behalf.
  6. Remember that this is not your fault. Recognize that healing takes time, and know that it is never too late to call for help.

Self-Care Following an Assault

  1. Make sure you’re in a safe place.
  2. For more information, please visit: https://www.rainn.org/articles/self-care-after-trauma

Sexual Assault

Emergency Help for Victims of Sexual Violence

This can be a scary time for anyone. But you do not have to be alone. WRC Emergency Advocates assist women, men, and children immediately following a crisis.

Advocates can talk with you over the phone or accompany you to the hospital or law enforcement agencies. Call the WRC Hotline at 540-639-1123 to request an advocate. Advocates provide emotional support, information, and options, and remain with a victim for as long as needed.

Options following Sexual Assault for Adults
If you’re in danger, call 911. Contact the WRC for more information about options for children, as they may vary.

Medical Options

  1. Visit your local hospital or Primary Care Physician to be treated for injuries or other medical concerns resulting from the assault.
  2. If you would like to have evidence collected, visit your nearest hospital that offers a forensic nurse examiner program. This exam is free and, for adults, does not require you to report to law enforcement.
  3. If possible, try to avoid and activities that could impact evidence collection (bathing, using the restroom, changing clothes, brushing teeth, or combing hair).
  4. If you suspect you have been drugged, request to be tested.
  5. The WRC can assist in answering any questions. Contact us at 540-639-1123.
  6. Remember that this is not your fault. Recognize that healing takes time, and know that it is never too late to call for help.

Emergency Legal Options for Adults

  1. The chance to report is up to you.
  2. To report sexual assault, contact your local police department.
  3. If you are on a college campus, you may also contact campus police.
  4. If you are being trusted for medical injuries or concerns, a medical professional can contact a law enforcement officer on your behalf.
  5. Remember that this is not your fault. Recognize that healing takes time, and know that it is never too late to call for help.

Self-Care Following an Assault

  1. Make sure you’re in a safe place.
  2. For more information, please visit: https://www.rainn.org/articles/self-care-after-trauma