In 1982, a group of concerned citizens starting talking about the need for domestic violence and sexual assault services in rural Wayne County. In 1984, town meetings were held to discuss this need. To get emergency services started, a sister program from Lackawanna County provided immediate crisis services to Wayne County residents in 1985. In 1988, Victims’ Intervention Program (VIP) was established.
VIP’s mission statement is Educate~Empower~Envision. We educate the community on the issues of domestic and sexual violence-we empower victims and survivors to make the best choices for their individual situations-and we invite the community to envision a world free from violence.
VIP started as a crisis center serving victims of sexual and domestic violence only. Very quickly we realized that crisis services were not enough. We added individual and group counseling services as well as prevention education. As time went on, we knew that helping with the crisis was only the beginning. We needed to do more. The question on the table for VIP’s team was “What happens after the crisis?” As a result of this question, many post-crisis programs and services were born.