The Collins Center provides comprehensive services to victims and survivors of sexual assault. If you have recently been assaulted, or if the assault occurred in the past, you have options. Whatever you decide to do, the Collins Center is here to help. We recognize that sexual assault affects everyone in the community, and we provide services for women, men, and children – many of which are free, confidential, and available in Spanish. Please call our office at 540.434.2272 with any questions or concerns, or click on one of the buttons at the top for more information.
I’ve Just Been Assaulted, What Can I Do?
- Get to a safe place
- Call a friend, relative, and/or a sexual assault victim advocate to be with you
- The Collins Center has a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 540-434-2272
- Seek medical care; there may be injuries that you are unaware of
- You can call the police to file a report, press charges, or just get assistance
- If you choose to report, try not to wash, shower, brush your teeth or hair (it may interfere with evidence collection)
- Seek emotional support - Remember, the assault was not your fault
Hospital Accompaniment & Advocacy
Going to the emergency room after a sexual assault can be a scary and confusing experience. Your safety and health are of utmost concern. It is important to understand your options and have the support you need to make informed decisions.
Crisis Support Sessions
Many victims and survivors of sexual assault find short-term crisis support to be very helpful. The Collins Center offers 1-6 free sessions of crisis support to provide education, information, and referrals for ongoing service needs.
These free and confidential services offer support, accompaniment, basic information, and legal advocacy for victims of child abuse or sexual violence. Appropriate referrals will be provided for those seeking legal advice.
The Collins Center offers support groups for adult women affected by sexual violence. These 8 week groups are co-facilitated by a mental health counselor and Collins Center staff. Additionally, the Collins Center partners with The Center to provide trauma-informed yoga classes to survivors.
For more information, contact Sue Swift.
In order to better provide services to victims of sexual assault and abuse, the Collins Center hosts quarterly Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) meetings for allied professionals working to address sexual violence. Procedures followed by the team ensure that sexual assault victims will receive information about services available to them and their rights as victims. Community partners include:
- Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County
- First Step: A Response to Domestic Violence
- Rockingham County/City of Harrisonburg Victim/Witness Program
- Harrisonburg Police Department
- Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department
- Sentara RMH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
- Area College and University Representatives
Quarterly SART meetings are held on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November at 9:30 am in the Collins Center conference room. For more information about SART, contact the Collins Center.