About VIP

VIP believes everyone deserves to be safe. We are here to help you.

All are welcome. All services are confidential and at no cost to the recipient. If you, or someone you know, is in need of services, please call our hotline at 570-253-4401 or 570-296-HELP.

VIP provides the following confidential services to women, men and children:

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Part of Our Mission is to Educate…

the community on the crimes of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The VIP staff is available for speaking engagements and presentation workshops.

Age-appropriate programs are presented to children from preschool through grade 12, addressing important topics, such as body safety, bullying, dating violence, and healthy relationships.

Programs are also available to colleges, community groups, educators, police, hospitals, health-care providers, churches and private citizens.

For information about scheduling a program for your group, please call 570-253-4401.

The Facts.

(Statistics provided by FBI, Bureau of Justice, and NCADV)

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse and/or financial abuse by an intimate partner.

Domestic Violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, nationality or educational background.

Domestic Violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.

Emotional Abuse is Domestic Violence.

Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience Domestic Violence in her lifetime.

85% of Domestic Violence victims are women.

If you are being abused, know that you are not alone and the abuse is not your fault. Help is available.

If you choose to file for a Protection from Abuse Order, VIP can help you through the process.

Homicide is an event for which no one can adequately prepare but that results in a wide range of emotional pain and upheaval.

Family members and significant others become co-victims when their loved one is murdered. Acquaintances and witnesses can be affected too.

Even if you are not directly affected by the crime, but are impacted indirectly, we can help!

Whether you or a loved one is a victim of a DUI crash, you may be affected physically, emotionally and financially.

We have counselors who understand many types of trauma. They can provide you with information, a full range of victim support services and assist you through the criminal process.

Sexual Assault occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. It is motivated by the need to control, humiliate, and harm, and not by sexual desire. It violates a person’s trust, autonomy and feeling of safety.

Most important, if you are a victim of rape, you must remember that the assault was NOT your fault. No one asks to be raped. A sexy outfit, an extra drink, or even flirting are not invitations to be raped.

Statistics show that one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will be a victim of sexual violence before they reach the age of eighteen. 67% of sexual assault victims are under eighteen.

93% of child sexual assault victims know their attackers.

Encourage children to tell an adult, and if that person doesn’t help, keep telling until they are helped.

VIP has emergency services that are available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

Call 570-253-4401 or 570-296-HELP