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For Victims of Homicide, Robbery & Other Crimes

Crime Definition:
Any crime where an individual or a group of people have been physically assaulted, have been victims of stolen identity, or have been witnesses to any such crimes.

Who to call:
Call 911 or your local police department.  View the Police Contacts webpage for phone numbers.

Where to get help:
Advocates are available to help guide and support victims and their families through the criminal justice proceedings.  Family Services, Inc. and the N.Y.S. Crime Victim Specialist located at The State Police Headquarters for Troop K can assist in crime victim compensation.  Family Services also provides counseling for those in need of extra support.  View the Crime Victim Service Agencies webpage for more information.

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For Victims of Rape & Sexual Assault

Crime Definition:
Conduct of a sexual or indecent nature toward another person that is accompanied by actual or threatened physical force and that induces fear, shame, or mental suffering.

Who to call:
Call the 24-hour Rape/Sexual Assault Hotline at (845) 452-7272.

Where to get help:
Victim Advocates and Counseling are available at Family Services, Inc. - (845) 452-1110.
View the Crime Victim Service Agencies webpage for more information.

Additional information:
Surviving Sexual Assault and Navigating the Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Victims and Those Affected by Sexual Assault (.pdf)

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For Victims of Domestic Violence

Crime Definition:
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by on person in a relationship to control the other.  Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.  Examples of abuse include: name-calling or putdowns; keeping a partner from contacting his/her family or friends; withholding money; stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job; actual or threatened physical harm; sexual assault; stalking; or intimidation.

Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking.  Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.  The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while.  An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs.

ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM!  Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status.  Although men and women can be abused, most victims are women.  Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected.  Most children in these homes know about the violence.  Even if a child is not physically harmed, he/she may have emotional and behavioral problems.

Who to call:

  • Call 911 or call your local police department if a crime has been committed or if you feel you are in danger
  • Call the 24-hour Domestic Abuse Hotline  -  (845) 485-5550
  • If you are in need of emergency shelter, call the 24-hour Hotline for Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims  -  (845) 471-3033

Where to get help:
Victim Advocates and Counseling is available at Family Services, Inc. - (845) 452-1110.
View the Crime Victim Service Agencies webpage for more information.

Additional information:
Dutchess County Domestic Violence Bench Manual

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For Victims of Stalking

Crime Definition:
Stalking is a legal term for repeated harassment or other forms of invasion of a person's privacy in a manner that causes fear to its target. Statutes vary between jurisdictions but may include such acts as: repeated following; unwanted contact (by letter or other means of communication); contacting family members, friends, or associates of a target inappropriately; or cyber stalking.

Who to call:

  • Call 911 or call your local police department if a crime has been committed or you feel that you are in danger
  • Call the 24-hour Domestic Abuse Hotline  -  (845) 485-5550
  • If you are in need of emergency shelter, call the 24-hour Hotline for Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims  -  (845) 471-3033

 

Where to go for help:
Victim Advocates and Counseling is available at Family Services, Inc. - (845) 452-1110.
View the Crime Victim Service Agencies webpage for more information.

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For Child Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape, Child Abuse & Child Witnesses

Crime Definition:
Child abuse is the physical, psychological, sexual abuse, or neglect of children. While most child abuse happens in the child's home, large numbers of cases of child abuse have been identified within some organizations involving children, such as churches, schools, child care businesses, and residential schools. It also can occur almost anywhere and includes kidnappings and random murders.

Who to call:

  • Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline  -  1-800-342-3720 to report physical or sexual crimes against a child

Where to get help:

  • Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center  -  (845) 454-0595
  • Forensic Safe Program that has pediatric speciality trained staff  -  (845) 452-7272
  • You can also call your local police department and ask for the services of the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center and their multidisciplinary investigative team.

View the Crime Victim Service Agencies webpage for more information.


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