The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) was founded in 1984 as the Rape Crisis Intervention Program (RCIP). From SAVI's inception, we recognized how paramount it was to provide free services that address the needs of survivors—especially women and girls—with limited resources or limited access to them. Over time, many of these individuals and their loved ones have returned to support and develop the Program by sharing their experiences, skills, and time. Through this input and the recognition of the changing needs of survivors, the mission of SAVI has become threefold:
- To meet the needs of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by offering immediate crisis intervention in hospital emergency rooms
- To follow up with psychotherapy, counseling and information both for past and present survivors and their families and friends
- To educate the public and professionals regarding services and issues of sexual and domestic violence
All these years SAVI has provided high quality direct services to survivors of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence and their loved ones, worked with coalitions to advocate policy and legislative changes on behalf of survivors, and promoted awareness of sexual and domestic violence in the communities we serve in East Harlem, the Upper East Side and Queens.