Community News COVID-19

CCA’s Victim Services Response to COVID-19

Submitted by Angel Fisher

CCA’s Victim Service Department, in partnership with the Office of Victim Services and other founders, is still providing services while following the guidance of health professionals and government officials. Our 24-Hour Victim Services Hotline is 1-888-945-3970.

In partnership with the Olean office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. victims of crime, including domestic violence in Allegany or Cattaraugus County, can speak with an attorney for no charge, and they can decide as a team whether an order of protection – sometimes called a restraining order – is appropriate, and if it is, most of the work can be done remotely. Courts are still open for emergencies, including orders of protection, and someone at the law office is available to speak with you Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm at 716-373-4701 or toll-free at 1-888-767-1950.

During these unprecedented health recommendations for social distancing and self-quarantine, some in our community may be experiencing domestic violence that is intensified by increased isolation caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, our community is facing limited supports while having to ensure childcare, maintain employment, provide nutrition for their family, and access to healthcare. These stressors may intensify situations where financial, emotional, and physical abuse is likely already present. These increased burdens do not excuse abusive behavior, and no person ever deserves to be abused.

To those who are not only dealing with the implications of this health crisis, but are also scared or feel unsafe at home due to relationship and/or sexual abuse, please know that Victim Services cares and is here to help. If you are interested in learning more, you can speak confidentially with a specially trained Victim Service Specialist available anytime day or night about the following services:

• Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter
• Assistance with Sexual Assault Medical Services
• Assistance with Family Court
• Assistance with Orders of Protection
• Assistance with Filing Police Reports and Support Through the Investigation Process
• Legal Assistance and Support Services
• Therapy and Counseling Services
• Case Management and Advocacy Support

Our 24-Hour Victim Services Hotline is 1-888-945-3970.