Crime Victims Treatment Services
At Mount Sinai St. Luke’s we offer the largest, most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program in New York State. Our Crime Victims Treatment Services provides a model for other health care institutions in the United States and around the world in its respectful treatment of survivors of family and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence and crime.
We have been helping survivors of interpersonal violence heal since 1977. We provide individual and group trauma-focused therapy, legal advocacy, complementary therapy, and psychiatric consultation. We are available from the moments following an assault, all the way through the culmination of a survivor's healing process. All of our services are confidential and completely free of charge.
When you contact us, please tell us your preferred mode of communication. We are happy to schedule an interpreter for you, but need 48 hours’ notice.
Our 177 state-certified Volunteer Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Advocates provide crisis intervention and advocacy to survivors of violent crime who visit our three emergency departments. We train our volunteers to provide acute crisis counseling, criminal justice advocacy, assistance with filing claims for reimbursement with the New York State Office of Victims Services, shelter placement, and many other supportive services.
Our licensed clinicians are experts in the treatment of trauma resulting from interpersonal violence. They understand how being hurt can affect a person's life and they know how to help.
We offer 15 tailored support groups for survivors of violent crime. From our childhood sexual abuse processing groups to our weekly acupuncture clinic, we are constantly expanding our group therapy program to address the emerging needs of our clients. We offer many of our groups in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Through a partnership with CONNECT, we are thankfully able to offer the services of a Legal Advocate to assist survivors of domestic violence with issues related to reporting to the police and/or District Attorney’s Office, court proceedings, obtaining orders of protection, immigration processes, and seeking asylum. Additional partnerships with Manhattan Legal Services and the New York Legal Assistance Group allow us to make sure that all of our clients have access to legal assistance.
We are one of very few programs state-wide offering psychiatric evaluation, consultation, treatment, and medication supervision for clients suffering from severe symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at no charge.
We offer several forms of alternative therapy, including meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, shamanic journeywork, and art therapy. We provide these options in conjunction with trauma-focused psychotherapy. In addition to reducing anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of PTSD, this work can be an effective alternative to psychiatric medication.