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Walking alongside survivors
throughout their healing journey.

The Day One department provides comprehensive advocacy and recovery services to survivors of sexual violence in Allen, Putnam, Hardin and Van Wert Counties. CVS partners with Crossroads Crisis Center to carry out services in Hardin County and partners with the Van Wert YWCA and Van Wert County Victim Services to carry out services in Van Wert County. We also partner with our local colleges and universities to work with survivors of campus sexual assault.

Our dedicated, professional advocates walk alongside survivors throughout their healing journey, providing comprehensive services including: a 24/7 Crisis Line, Hospital Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Community Outreach, Crisis Intervention, Referrals, Counseling, and Community Collaboration. Our aim is to cultivate a community free from violence and oppression.

Sexual Violence & Rape Crisis Services

Crisis Intervention 
and Advocacy

  • Licensed crisis counselors and professional victim advocates are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll free 1-87-STOP-RAPE

  • Trained victim advocates respond to the hospital 24 hours a day to support and advocate for victims of sexual assault.

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) collect forensic evidence at all local hospitals

  • Providing Victim Advocacy for sexual assault victims ages 13 and older

Recovery Services

Regardless of whether a case is prosecuted, Day One provides:

  • Support groups for survivors

  • Emergency money for housing, food, new door locks, etc

  • Teddy bears for children when advocates meet them or when they have to testify

  • Education, literature, and videos to help family members be supportive

  • Assistance in completing Victims Compensation forms

  • Spiritual ministry and volunteer peer counseling

  • Opportunities to share your story of survival to groups such as schools and justice professionals as part of healing process

  • Long-term emotional support and crisis intervention

  • Information and referrals for follow-up disease testing, counseling, legal issues, etc.

Community Outreach
and Collaboration

  • Coordination with Victim Assistance and Children Services through all justice phases

  • Create and maintain county wide protocol and ongoing communication among task force members for victim support and seamless prosecution.

  • Training for protocol members on evidence collection, victim rights, SANE, legal issues, prevention tips, male rape, drugs and sexual assault, college campus issues and laws, "promising practices" from around the nation, reducing "revictimization" of repeat victims, different reactions of victims between stranger vs. acquaintance rape, etc.

  • Community sensitivity and education for health professionals, justice officials, high schools, college / university student and staff leadership, public service announcements and posters, civic and public organizations, church groups, media reporting sensitivity, etc.

Campus Advocacy

Day One advocates provide advocacy and support services to college campuses in Allen and Hardin Counties.
The role of the advocate includes:

  • Knowing the school’s policies and conduct processes and assisting students in that process

    • Advocating for students under those policies

  • Providing options to survivors especially regarding reporting to law enforcement and/or campus

  • Assessing safety and medical needs conducting safety planning

  • Accompaniment during sexual assault exam

  • Serving as an “adviser of choice” throughout investigative and conduct processes

  • Crisis counseling

  • Helping survivors develop coping skills and and understanding of the effects of trauma

  • Connecting survivors with resources

  • Maintaining relationships with Title IX coordinators and school administration

  • Levels of Sexual Offenders
    There are certain offenses which qualify the offender as a Sexually Oriented Offender. They are: a) Regardless of victim's age: rape sexual battery gross sexual imposition murder (sexually oriented) or similar laws in Ohio or other states, including attempt, conspiracy or complicity to any sexually oriented offense. b) If the victim is under 18 and offender is not a parent: kidnaping abduction unlawful restraint child stealing endangering children (sexually oriented) corruption of a minor compelling prostitution pandering obscenity criminal child enticement creating nudity oriented material or performance Every offender convicted of a second sexually oriented offense, regardless of the date of the first offense can be designated as a Habitual Sex Offender. Every offender convicted or released after 1-1-97, of a sexually oriented offense is presumed to be a Sexual Predator unless the judge, in a required hearing, determines otherwise by clear and convincing evidence. Judges may consider any prior convictions, victim's age, use of drugs or alcohol to impair the victim, sexually deviant behavior, whether threats or acts of torture were used, offender personality disorder, or other behavioral characteristics to determine the offender's status. Judges may later determine to drop the offender's predator status. Hearsay evidence is admissible.
  • Sentences
    Each crime has certain sentence options allowed by law, but sexual predators must be sentenced to a minimum two years and up to life in prison (not local jail). The judge can later reduce the sentence or the "predator" status. Offenders convicted with a sexually violent predator specifications must be sentenced to life in prison without parole when that option is available for the crime (except for death penalty cases). Any mandatory sentences for firearms or repeat violent offenders, or prior sentences for sexually violent predator convictions must be served consecutively. Offenders must submit to DNA collection.
  • Registration Requirements
    Requirements include registration with sheriff and verification of changes in residence. Failure to register is a felony 5th degree if original offense was a felony, a misdemeanor 1st degree otherwise. Sexually oriented Offenders must register annually for ten years. This is the minimum that applies to all offenders convicted of a sexually oriented offense; and also applies retroactively to similarly convicted offenders who were or are currently incarcerated. All offenders must also personally register within 7 days prior to establishing residence or when visiting for more than 7 days. Offenders who are not "habitual" or "predator" offenders are not subject to victim and community notification. Possible Enhancements above the minimum requirement may be ordered by the sentencing judge. Habitual Sex Offenders may be required to register annually for twenty years (may be changed by court order). Sexual Predators and Sexually Violent Predators may be required to register every 90 days for life (may be changed by court order.)
  • Victim & Community Notification
    Sheriff's registration information is public (A.G. Opinion 97-038): name, identifying factors, criminal history, photograph and fingerprints, employer name & address, and residence address. For Habitual Sex offenders (if court ordered) and all Sexual Predators. Victims, if requested to sheriff or judge, and adjacent neighbors must be notified within 72 hours of registration. Other community notifications include area Children Services, school, pre-school and day care programs, college, & local police. Ohio's county by county sex offender links Allen County's Sex Offender Registry​

Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies & Advocacy Resources

Join us in preventing sexual violence.

Join us in cultivating a community free from violence and oppression.
For more information, or to seek services, please contact:

Alison Webb
24/7 Crisis Line: 877-867-7273

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